Schaun Caven, Head Coach USA Canoe/Kayak Nat'l Team etc.

Schaun Caven, our speaker, August 12, 2013, is the director of Olympic Canoe Racing and also Head Coach of Oklahoma City.  He is also head coach of the USA Canoe/Kayak National Team and coach of Chesapeake Boathouse. 

Shaun Caven seeks to produce the United States’ next generation of international canoe/kayak competitors as Oklahoma City University canoe/kayak coach.


When Schaun emailed  Dub his bio, he was on his way back to OKC from the Junior World Championships in Canada.  Below is what he sent followed by some information we found.

Here is some information plus a couple of websites.

SHAUN CAVEN Director and Head Coach, OKC National High Performance Center – Canoe/Kayak    

Hometown: Castle Douglas, Scotland

Current Residence: Oklahoma City

Former British National Coach

Shaun Caven serves as director and head coach for OKC National High Performance Center – Canoe/Kayak.

 During his tenure as British National Coach, GB canoeing won its first gold medal at  the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

 Caven moved to Oklahoma City in 2009 to develop a canoe/kayak  program that will take athletes – whether they are new to the sport or seasoned veterans – to the next level.

Caven served as the Scottish National Coach from 1997 to 2001. He coached the British Junior Team from 2001 to 2005 in Nottingham England, before accepting a position coaching the British Senior Team in London. During this time he work with and coached athletes at every level, from Junior National Champions to Olympic Medalists.

Since arriving in the US, Caven has worked with USA Canoe/Kayak, coaching at national camps to prepare athletes for international competition. He was selected to coach at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2009 to 2013 World Championship.  Currently, Caven is training athletes who have moved to Oklahoma City to take advantage of this unique training opportunity. Caven also serves as head coach for the new Oklahoma City University varsity kayak program.


Caven enters his third year as the Stars coach in 2012-13. Caven also serves as OKC National High Performance Center head coach.

In 2011-12, the Stars won the overall team points standings in the USA Canoe/Kayak Collegiate Sprint National Championships on the Oklahoma River on May 12-13. OCU had the top male and female award winners in Cedric Bond and Kaitlyn McElroy. Bond won the honor for the second year in a row.

Caven orchestrated OCU’s team runner-up finish in the 2011 USA Canoe/Kayak Collegiate Sprint National Championships in Gainesville, Ga. Bond swept the men’s 200-meter, 500 and 5,000 open single races and teamed with Jared MacArthur to take the 200 and 500 doubles races. OCU’s Jen Burke captured the women’s 500 and 5K and the 200 and 500 doubles events along with teammate Katy Hill.

Caven has been a player in international canoe/kayak. He served Team USA in the London Olympics as sprint team manager/coach alongside U.S. Olympic sprint team coach Stein Jorgensen.

In 2008, Caven led the British Olympic canoe/kayak team, highlighted by gold medalist kayaker Tim Brabants.

Caven also guided the Scottish national team from 1997-2001 and the British junior team from 2001-05. Caven directed Team USA in the 2009 World Championships.

Caven is married (Kelly).