Guenter Beutter


Guenter Beutter was educated at Giessen University, majoring in sports science and psychology. He published research in lactic acid production, oxygen uptake and the use of magnesium supplements among high performance athletes.  He began rowing at 16 for the Rudergesellschaft Wetzlar in Germany where many world champion and Olympic athletes trained. He competed with this club for 4 years in every type of boat at the German championships. From 1984-1997 he coached Wetzlar’s intermediate and elite rowers, earning many medals during his tenure, and gaining recognition as one of the most successful young club coaches in Germany.

In 1988 he was recruited for the German National Team. From 1989 – 1997 he coached both men and women in sculling and sweep boats, taking his athletes to five world championships and earning four gold and one silver medal. In 1997, he was appointed head coach of the women’s lightweight Quadruple Scull which medaled at all the important regattas in Europe and earned a gold medal at the world championships that year.

In addition to coaching, his responsibilities for the national team included athlete selection, preparation camps, cross training at high altitude, nutrition advice, lactic acid testing, and calculating and monitoring work-out plans (one of the few coaches in the world with this expertise). During his tenure, he worked with Professor Uli Hartmann, an internationally renowned sports physiologist who consults for high-performance athletes and monitors the German Olympic teams in all sports. Mr Beutter continues his association with Dr. Hartmann who lectures at GMS camps in Europe.

Mr. Beutter came to the U.S. in 1998 where he began as technical director of coaching and head sculling coach at Saugatuck Rowing Club in Westport, CT. His master rowers have competed and medalled at US Masters Nationals and Masters World Championships. His junior rowers have competed and medalled at the U.S. Nationals and Canadian Henley regattas. They have been recruited by, and rowed for Harvard, Yale, Brown, Dartmouth, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, Georgetown and many other universities.