Stomporowski, also known as “Stompo” in the rowing community, was born in Braunschweig, West Germany. He started rowing in 1982. He first competed internationally at the 1987 World Rowing Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he won a silver medal with the lightweight eight. He competed in several other World Rowing Championships and participated in the 1996 Summer Olympics representing Germany in the Lightweight Coxless 4.
He has coached on the elite level for nearly 30 years producing dozens of World Championship athletes and preparing many for the Olympics and Olympic trials. His coaching skills have taken him across the world; Switzerland, China, USA, Canada, and Brazil. Now, he joins the Sarasota Scullers where he is eager to bring his experience to develop the Whole Rower; to prepare each athlete for success on the water and throughout life. One important goal of Stomporowski is to ensure athletes continue loving the sport well into their adulthood.
“Teaching and Coaching young athletes is more than just fast rowing,” he said. “It is a process of evolving the athlete to what will ultimately lead to a great individual.” “My father was a teacher; however, he never actually taught me, he involved me,” said Stomporowski, who begins his new role with the Sarasota Scullers on Monday, December 19th. “My goal is to be a teacher just like him.”