Ann Arbor, MI - The University of Michigan Men's Rowing Team is excited to announce that Rob Saner has accepted the varsity assistant position for the 2017-2018 season. He comes to Michigan with an extensive resume, which includes being part of an award winning NCAA coaching staff. Saner has coached for eight years across multiple levels. His coaching career began at Alfred's Rowing Club, in Cape Town, South Africa, after which he moved to his former high school, Diocesan College. In 2014, he came to the United States to pursue his Masters in Biomechanics at Barry University in Miami, Florida and joined the women's coaching staff. That year Barry won their first ever NCAA DII National Championship and the staff was named to the NCAA DII Coaching Staff of the Year.

In 2015, Robert took a position at the Miami Beach Rowing Club as the Men's Novice Head Coach. There he had success across all boats, culminating in a Florida State Championship in the men's novice 4+ and a silver in the South-East Regionals U17 8+.

Michigan Head Men's Rowing Coach Gregg Hartsuff commented, "We were truly fortunate to have an applicant of Robert's caliber apply for this position. After our interviews I feel he will complement our coaching staff perfectly and the team and I are looking forward to having him join in our pursuit of excellence."

A South African native who immigrated to the United States in August of 2014, Saner has rowed since the beginning of his high school career and through his undergraduate degree. His high school career culminated in winning the high school open men's pair event at the Buffalo Regatta his senior year, followed by selection to the provincial team for trials for Junior World's in 2008. Robert continued to row throughout his undergraduate years, with successes at the Buffalo Regatta and South African University Championships. Having completed his bachelors at the University of Cape Town in 2013, and his masters from Barry in 2016, Robert is now a PhD student at the University of Michigan, pursuing his doctorate in Kinesiology through the Neuromuscular and Rehabilitation Robotics Laboratory.