noun. the very tiny yet powerful person that steers and directs their boat on a crew team.
the coxswain is the embodiment of their coach, often referred to as the "coaches' minion". they have a weird relationship with their coach that doesn't exist between rowers and coaches. coxswains out in the real world can be identified by a peculiar tan line in the middle of their forehead from the nk strap attached to their coxbox, a device that amplifies their already incredibly loud voice in the boat. also sometimes called a "little tyrant", coxswains are in control of everything that happens in and around their boat. unfortunately, this means they must also take complete responsibility for any damage to the boat, even if it isn't their fault. a good coxswain can make their boat move faster than that boat is generally physically able to move. don't ask how, its a coxswain secret. another trait of a talented coxswain is to be able to criticize/fix tech in the boat without rudely calling people out. coxswains of opposing teams are often seen glaring at eachother when they are even or close in a race.
when not directly coxing, coxswains can be some of the sweetest people in the world.
spectator 1: "dude did you hear that coxswain?"
spectator 2: "yeah! she was so motivational in that last 250!"
spectator 1: "i know! her boat jumped 6 seats during that second 10!"