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Off the Water: Q&A with Josh Gautreau

Josh Gautreau joined Washington Rowing in July 2016. Previously he was the assistant coach at the University of Virginia. Gautreau began rowing at Syracuse University, where he graduated in 2006 with a degree in physics. He is currently working toward a master’s degree in exercise science.

What’s surprised you most about Seattle?
The seaplanes. I’ve rowed everywhere and navigated many waterways, but an obstacle coming from the sky is a new one for me!

Have you discovered a favorite restaurant in Seattle?
The best burger I’ve ever had is from Rain City Burgers. My son, Boden, really digs their milkshakes, and my wife, Cat, loves that they serve sweet potato fries. It’s a family favorite.

What do you like to do in your free time?
Free time? What’s that?! JK. Many evenings Cat, Bode and I hop on bikes and ride the Burke Gilman to a beach or a park or the Ballard locks. On weekends we have been exploring the islands.

If you could choose one outdoor activity (besides rowing) in Seattle what would it be and where would you go?
Climbing mountains in the North Cascades. This is by far my favorite endeavor outside of rowing and coaching. I find the challenges to be one in the same—pursuing big goals through hard work and perseverance.

Any pets?
We arrived in Seattle with two cats, Leroy and Tuna. Leroy is still with us and we believe Tuna has returned to the wild forest of Ravenna Park.

What’s your favorite movie?
Braveheart, because I love underdogs sticking up for what they believe in and I am secretly a sucker for love storie.

Favorite song of all time?
Pearl Jam “Given to Fly.” Cat and I went on a road trip in 2009 and this song was played so much it became an anthem for the trip. Ever since then it brings back all kinds of great memories.

Proudest moment as a Husky so far?
Sweeping the 2017 PAC 12 Championship. That was such a long time coming and such a great team effort. I am not just proud of the win, but proud of the style in which we executed racing and the total commitment from the team to be in a position to perform how we did.