Tempe Junior Crew coaches are an elite group for an Arizona juniors rowing team. Our coaches have life-long passions for rowing and have competed and coached on multiple competitive levels.
Peter Figgins, Program Director and Head Coach
Peter was introduced to rowing in 1989 by his father, a former collegiate oarsman at Queens University in Belfast, who was one of the founders of the Three Rivers Rowing Association (TRRA) in Pittsburgh, PA.
After rowing recreationally for five years, Peter joined the TRRA masters competitive program, and rowing quickly became one of the major passions in his life. Peter became the TRRA Masters race coordinator in 1997. During his tenure, the club’s crews won plenty of hardware including five podiums at the Canadian Master Nationals in 1998 and four at the US Masters Nationals in 1999.
In 2000, Peter was drafted into the coaching ranks for his children’s high school rowing program and, over the next five years, his crew doubled in size and captured several medals including the Midwest Scholastic Championships and the CSSRA Championships at St. Catharine’s, Ontario. The juniors were also honored as the “Top of the Class” high school program at Three Rivers Rowing Association.
Peter relocated to Vermont with his wife Lori in 2005 and worked as Head Coach for the Men’s Crew at the University of Vermont. Under his leadership, the team won the championship at the New England Fours Regatta in 2008 as well as three consecutive victories in the Men’s Varsity 4+.
In 2006, Peter began coaching at the Craftsbury Sculling Center. Peter moved to Arizona to take on the head coaching position for the Rio Salado masters team. In 2015 he began working with Xavier Crew as a part time technical coach for both novices and varsity rowers. In 2019 Peter became the Program Director and Head Coach for Tempe Junior Crew.
Imran Malik, Varsity Coach
Coach Imran Malik started his rowing career at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, VA during the team’s first season in 2012. Upon starting school at Arizona State University, Imran trained with Rio Salado Rowing Club his freshman year and raced a Novice 1x at Southwest Masters Regionals, placing 1st in addition to placing 2nd in a Men’s 4x. He joined the Arizona State team his sophomore year where he found his passion for rowing and being on a team.
In early 2015, Imran started coaching for Tempe Town Lake Rowing’s junior program and also assisted in masters’ learn-to-row and ergometer fitness classes. Upon graduating in 2016, he became the head coach for Arizona State. Since then, the team got noticed at San Diego Crew Classic, finally medaling at Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships in numerous events, and competed and medaled at American Collegiate Rowing Association Nationals for the first time. Imran joined the Tempe Junior Crew coaching staff in the Fall of 2017. He has goals to take as many crews as possible to larger regattas with hopes to continue to grow the rowing programs in Arizona. He is also sponsored by JLRacing, a premier rowing apparel brand.
Imran still continues to train and compete in rowing. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Media Engineering from ASU. Currently, Imran is pursuing a Master of Science degree in Information Technology Security from Regis University online. He is also an active member of the Phoenix Metropolitan Men’s Chorus.
Joshua Wills-King, Assistant Coach
Josh has been involved with the sport of rowing for the last 5 years. He started rowing at Newport Aquatic Center for a short time before walking on to the Orange Coast College crew team. There he rowed for 2.5 years. He graduated with honors from UC Santa Cruz in 2018 and holds a degree in Philosophy. After working for a short time in tech, he moved to Phoenix where he coaches full time for TJC, Tempe Town Lake Masters and Arizona State. Josh is excited to begin his first year with Tempe Junior Crew and hopes to lead the team to new found success at Youth Nationals