BOSTON (CBS) – The head coach of the Simmons University crew team died in the Charles River Thursday afternoon.

The Suffolk District Attorney’s Office said 68-year-old Nikolay Kurmakov of Brookline suffered a heart attack while rowing and fell into the water. His body was pulled out near Harvard’s Newell Boathouse.

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Simmons Head Crew Coach Nikolay Kurmakov,” the school said in a statement.

“For nearly 30 years, Coach Kurmakov has been a beloved coach and mentor who has made countless contributions to our institution. On behalf of the entire Simmons community we send our deepest condolences to his wife, Laura, and children, Andrew and Alex. We will miss Coach Kurmakov terribly, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, fellow coaches, student-rowers, colleagues and the entire Boston rowing community.”

Comments (2)
  1. nobody special says:

    How about putting this in some context, WBZ? Kurmakov is a former Ukrainian and Soviet Union National Rowing champion & was a coach for the Simmons team for more than 2 decades. Sad!

  2. Doug Backlund says:

    Best guy/coach/father/friend ever! Nik you will be missed!

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