Carly Borken comes from a long line of crew coaches and rowing fanatics. The granddaughter of a 40-year coaching veteran at St. Andrew’s School in Delaware and niece to several other New England coaches, Carly was inspired to begin her rowing career at Groton School in 1997. She later joined the University of Colorado at Boulder crew team, first as a coxswain and then as a lightweight rower.
When she arrived at Taft in 2008, Borken was very excited to return to the NEIRA league. She served as the girls’ assistant coach, directing the 3rd and 4th boats from 2008 to 2012, and is now the Crew Program director and head coach. Under her tutelage, Taft Rowing has grown by leaps and bounds, and has earned more metals than at any other time in the program’s history, with podium performances at both the Founder's Regatta and NEIRA championships. She enjoys every moment that is spent at Bantam Lake, through fog and sunshine, and feels privileged to have seen the facilities grow from a small shack in the woods to a beautiful, state of the art boathouse in Bantam, CT.
Borken is also a science teacher, director of environmental stewardship, and member of the Global Studies and Service department.