When he’s not litigating for Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, attorney and Sarasota native David Wyant, 33, takes his competitive nature from the courtroom to the water.
Wyant began rowing in his sophomore year at Pine View with Sarasota Crew and quickly felt at home in the coxswain’s seat. Since then, he hasn’t been able to kick his rowing habit, even finding a way to coach high schoolers during his time in law school at the University of Memphis.
Now back on the Suncoast, Wyant volunteers with Sarasota Crew as a coxswain coach for their high school program. Under Wyant’s guidance, two coxswains from Sarasota Crew earned places on the 2016 United States Junior National Team and went on to race in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Wyant is also a race announcer, and his ability is capturing national attention. In April, he was voted fan’s choice in a competition to announce at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships in Gold River, California. In June, when he narrated races at the USRowing Youth National Championships at Nathan Benderson Park, he was asked to announce at this month’s World Rowing Championships in Sarasota.
Wyant has been involved with nearly every regatta hosted at Benderson Park in the last five years. “Since I was a coxswain, I think I have a unique view of what is happening as the boats come down the course,” he says. “I try to learn as much as I can about the individual athletes and racing history of the crew, which, combined with my knowledge of rowing, gives a crowd a real picture of what’s happening.”
The venue at Benderson Park is unparalleled, he says, and announcing there is a thrill.
“It’s become a center of personal enjoyment for me, and I am excited to inform the crowd at Worlds,” he says.