Coach Nancy Faigen has earned a well-deserved selection as finalist for Masters Coach of the Year. Please VOTE FOR NANCY and tell your friends. Let’s go PBC!—Masters-Coach-of-the-Year/

Coach Nancy Faigen

Coaching is Nancy’s second career. She uses management skills developed as a star executive at IBM, from which she is now retired. What makes her successful at PBC is her skill at melding crews from widely varying age groups and backgrounds and her ability to cultivate a “racing team” environment among men and women (coxswains) who study and work at the highest levels in Washington, DC. The team has rowers aged 20-60+, with rowing intelligence that spans recent U.S. National Team appearances to athletes who have been rowing only three years. Nancy is masterful at judging style, strength, and racing temperament to build “even” practice line-ups that maximize competition and practice intensity. This has built a large degree of trust among oarsmen and facilitates PBC’s ability to field winning line-ups from many different combinations of athletes.

Coach Faigen demands a level of effort and dedication that has made PBC Men’s Sweep a program that trains six days a week even though the athletes are Presidential appointees, White House Staff, active duty military, entrepreneurs, law firm partners, medical students, and business consultants. This expectation has led some athletes to surpass the college “personal records” in a number of erg tests and physical evaluations.

Having already concluded a fabulously successful first career in business and raised two daughters of her own – Coach Faigen has made creating champions at PBC an avocation. We are grateful for her dedication.


Nancy Faigen – Potomac Men’s Coach
Led the Potomac Boat Club Men’s Sweep team to a 2014 Men’s and Overall Team Championship at the US Rowing Masters Nationals. Her crews won 21 national titles and medaled in 25 of 26 events entered at Masters Nationals. Of 45 races entered by the team this year, Faigen’s crews were in the top three in 41 of them – 33 gold, 6 silver, and 2 bronze.