Coach out at Niskayuna Rowing after national championship win

Niskayuna Rowing boys head coach Mike Gilbert, left, is shown alongside Kevin Koste, center, and Reilly Duffy May 13 during a practice. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)Niskayuna Rowing boys head coach Mike Gilbert, left, is shown alongside Kevin Koste, center, and Reilly Duffy May 13 during a practice. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)


— Mike Gilbert coached a Niskayuna Rowing boat Saturday to a national championship.

Today Gilbert is no longer the team’s boys’ varsity and freshman coach.

Richard Marine, board president for Niskayuna Rowing, confirmed today that Gilbert had been fired during the holiday weekend.

“It’s true he has been relieved of his coaching responsibilities,” Marine said.

Marine declined to specify why Gilbert was dismissed, saying to do so would be “inappropriate.” He offered that the decision was a “recent” one, but had “nothing to do with the performance of the team, or the coaching at nationals.”

Gilbert said the news of his ouster came as a “complete surprise.” He said he was not given a reason for his dismissal, and did not ask for one.

“I know it’s disgruntled parents [and about] holding some people to high standards,” said Gilbert, who was in his fourth year coaching for the program.

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Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly is a sports reporter for Your Clifton Park and Your Niskayuna, weekly print publications of The Daily Gazette. Kelly grew up in Clifton Park and graduated from Shenendehowa High School in 2006. He is also a 2010 graduate of the Stony Brook University School of Journalism. Kelly's work has been honored by the New York News Publishers Association, the New York State Associated Press Association, and the Associated Press Sports Editors. His work has previously been featured in The (Amsterdam) Recorder, The Saratogian, and Albany Times Union.