Forrest began rowing in the fall of 2006 at Oakland Strokes. He competed as a lightweight and heavyweight for the team, and in 2007 and 2009 won most inspirational. After graduating high school, Forrest continued his rowing career at Oregon State University where he rowed from 2009 to 2013. In 2011 Forrest earned a bronze medal at PAC 10 rowing championships in the men’s varsity four event and in 2013, earned a varsity letter for competing on the team for four years.
While finishing up college in 2014, Forrest decided that he wanted to stay involved in rowing and was given the opportunity to be a volunteer assistant coach for Oregon State’s men’s rowing team. He mostly worked with the second freshman and varsity four crews. After graduating with a degree in History he was hired to coach at University of Massachusetts Lowell. He coached the novice men who had a strong racing season, winning several races. He was also a coach for Lowell High School.
In the fall of 2015 Forrest was made the Head Coach of Penn State University Crew. The team expanded in numbers and in shells while he was there. At Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference Championships, Penn State had a strong showing, winning the women’s first and second varsity club eights as well as medaling in several other events.
After the season, he decided to return to the northwest to be closer to friends and family. Forrest brings 10 years of rowing and coaching experience with him and looks forward to working at LOCR.