Rob began his rowing career at a very young age with the East Arm Rowing Club in Greenwood Lake, New York in 2010. He spent his first few years rowing recreationally with rowers at various skill levels within the club learning from a variety of different coaches. In 2012, he joined the Warwick Valley High School Crew Team and rowed competitively with them for four years as a lightweight rower and coxswain.
Later in high school, Rob began coxing and coaching the East Arm Rowing Club Masters Team, working with all kinds of varying ages and skill levels. In the fall of 2016, Rob moved to Amherst, Massachusetts to attend UMass Amherst. He joined Northampton Community Rowing as a member of the Advanced Masters Racing Team and later a coach for the Intermediate Masters Team.