Thomas Guncik enters his third season as assistant coach of the GW Men's Rowing team. His primary responsibility is coaching the freshman rowers. He also plays a major role in recruiting.
Guncik coached GW's Freshmen 8 boat to tremendous success during the 2012-13 season, concluding with a 10th-place showing at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championship. The Colonials rookies won seven races in a row entering the 2013 Eastern Sprints and recorded a monumental victory over Navy on May 5.
Guncik arrived at GW after serving as assistant rowing coach and recruiting coordinator at Division III Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. He had various responsibilities at Bates including orchestrating training sessions on the water, strength training on land and individual technique sessions in the pool and on ergometers.
Guncik helped the Bates men's rowing team to their best performance in team history at the 2011 New England Rowing Championships (NERC). Both the Varsity 8 and 2nd Varsity 8 finished in third place at the championship regatta. Additionally, the Varsity 8 and 2nd Varsity 8 took seventh and fourth place, respectively, at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) National Invitational Rowing Championships (NIRC). Guncik also helped coach the Bates women's crews to their third consecutive national runners up at the NCAA Rowing Championships.
A 2007 graduate of Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in history and political science, Guncik served as captain of the OSU Crew Club and rowed as a member of the Varsity Pair that finished in eighth place at the 2006 Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championship Regatta. He was also the recipient of the OSU Crew Blade and the Coach's Cup Award.
In addition to his collegiate rowing experience Guncik has also served as a head coach at the New Haven (Conn.) Rowing Club, Portland (Maine) Community Rowing Association and at Thompson Boat Center in Washington, D.C.