Head Coach: Toby Ayer
Toby has been teaching physics and coaching rowing at Salisbury since 2008. In his first year, he coached the 3rd boat, containing four novices, to a bronze medal at the New England Championships. Toby grew up in Burlington, Vermont, and has a misty memory of seeing a sculling shell in a protected bay on Lake Champlain. He learned to row at MIT where his freshman crew, made up entirely of walk-ons, won the Division II National Championships. He was in the varsity heavyweight eight for the next three years, winning the Club Eights at the Head of the Charles and competing twice at the Henley Royal Regatta. In his senior year he was voted the team’s Most Inspirational Oarsman and won MIT’s Scholar-Athlete Award. Continuing to row while pursuing graduate work as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, Toby rowed against Cambridge four times in the Boat Race, finally breaking a seven-year losing streak in 2000.
After his time abroad, Toby spent two years as an assistant coach for the heavyweight team at Harvard. He then spent four years as the head boys’ coach at Brookline High School, where his 2nd boat made the finals at the New England’s for the first time ever, and his 1st boat qualified for the Youth National Championships. During this time he taught physics at MIT, and linguistics at Harvard and Northeastern. Toby has continued his own rowing in the last several years. He won the Masters division of the World Indoor Rowing Championships in 2006 and has medaled two other times since. He won the Club Fours at the Head of the Charles in 2004 and the Senior Four at Canadian Henley in 2006, and won a silver medal in the Coxed Four at the 2007 Elite National Championships.
Coach: Richard Curtis | profile
Dick began coaching at Salisbury School in 1981 and has been the head of the rowing program since 1998. He teaches in both the English department and Philosophy and Religion department. Dick rowed at Boston University where he was co-captain in 1969. He also spent a sabbatical year coaching the crew at St. Andrews University in Scotland. After college he rowed for Vesper Boat Club in 1970 where he placed 3rd in the World Championships in the quadruple scull. Between 1985 and 2012 he has won over 25 medals in various veteran boats in U.S. National and World Championships and has won 18 medals in 44 Head of the Charles Regattas. He also rowed for Union Boat Club of Boston and the New York Athletic Club. He finished second in the 1972 Olympic trials in the pair without coxswain and rowed in the pair semi-finals at the Royal Henley Regatta in 1978. He was a member of the 1979 U.S. Pan American rowing team and was training for the 1980 Olympic team when the boycott was called. He competes every year in veteran rowing events. He holds the 24 hour world record on the Concept 2 ergometer for the 40-50 age group. Set in 1988, it is the longest standing ergometer record. At Salisbury his crews have medaled many times in many regattas. Dick and his wife live on campus and frequently welcome home their two children, both former collegiate rowers themselves.
Coach: Eliott Grover | profile
Eliott attended Tabor Academy and credits his experience there as the inspiration to pursue a career in independent school education. His role models were the teachers and coaches who challenged him to unlock his potential while nurturing his development as a student and athlete. Eliott matriculated to Georgetown University where he majored in English and was a member of the varsity lightweight crew team. He wrote a movie column for the student newspaper and volunteered with DC Reads, an educational initiative aimed at boosting literacy levels in Washington’s public school system.
After graduating in 2010, Eliott worked for two years in the marketing department of BlackRock Investment Management in Manhattan. He has traveled extensively—including a year living and working in New Zealand—and has contributed to several publications as a freelance journalist and editor. At Salisbury he teaches English and coaches squash and rowing. Eliott lives in Payson with his wife, Meg, and their black lab, Henley.
Thomas Severo | profile
Hailing from Westford, MA, Tom studied Political Science and Africana Studies at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, where he served as an elected representative of the student government as well as a three sport Division 1 athlete on the varsity cross country, track & field, and crew teams. He went on to earn his law degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston.
Tom is admitted to both the state and federal bars in the state of Massachusetts, and his legal background includes practice in the areas of insurance defense litigation, employee stock ownership plans, and immigration— with a particular emphasis on immigrants from Central America and mainland China. Due in part to this experience, Tom is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Mandarin Chinese.
In addition to his legal practice, Tom also worked at his alma mater, Holy Cross, as a counselor in undergraduate college admissions— a role that saw him visit, recruit, and evaluate students from over 100 different high schools throughout the country and determine qualifications for acceptance as a voting member of the college's twelve-person admissions committee.
Tom's passion for education, oratory, and athletics brought him to Salisbury, where he serves as college counselor, instructor of public speaking, and coach of the cross country and crew teams.
He enjoys running and playing piano, as well as writing and performing original stand-up comedy material, which he has done at clubs and colleges across the country for over a decade.