CoachHead Coach, Girls’ Rowing
Lou Kinder is in her fourth season coaching the girls’ rowing team at Northfield Mount Hermon. Kinder arrived at NMH after four years as an assistant coach at the University of California, Berkeley, her alma mater. In her time coaching at UC Berkeley, the Golden Bears won two NCAA National Championships and finished second and third. In 2018, Kinder and her colleagues were named the NCAA Coaching Staff of the Year.
At NMH, Kinder guided NMH to a second place finish at the Head of the Charles in 2019, the best result in program history. NMH was undefeated in their COVID-era scrimmages, and their 2021–22 campaign started well with two podium finishes at Head of the Riverfront in the Varsity 4+ and Varsity 8+.
As a college athlete at UC Berkeley, Kinder helped the Bears to an NCAA Championship and three Pac-10 championships. Rowing in the Varsity 8 starting in her sophomore year, Kinder earned All-American honors in 2009 and served as team captain her junior and senior years. She was twice selected to U23 National team training camps. Along with her athletic accomplishments, Kinder thrived in the classroom as well, named a CRCA National Scholar Athlete from 2007 to 2009. She received the Achievement Award for highest GPA on the Cal rowing team in 2008 and 2009 and was a Pac-10 Scholar Athlete of the Year Nominee her senior year. After graduating with a degree in English Literature, Kinder continued to row on the Pocock and Potomac elite sculling teams.
Kinder started her coaching career as a volunteer coach at UC Berkeley. She went on to serve as the head girls’ rowing coach at Deerfield Academy. From there, Kinder coached a variety of high school sports including field hockey at Norta Shore Country Day School and Rowing at New Trier before resuming her tenure at Berkeley.
Kinder grew up in Cleveland, Ohio playing ice hockey, baseball, figure skating, and running. In 2002, she and her teammates at Hawken School won state championships in the 4x400 and 4x200, setting a state record along the way. Kinder later attended Deerfield Academy where she started rowing. Kinder currently teaches American Literature and a senior English elective called Fathers & Sons, and lives on campus.