Our Coaches

Our Staff

Craftsbury Sculling Center coaches include Olympians and former World Champions, as well as coaches of some of the most competitive universities, schools, and clubs from around the world. Heading up the CSC staff are these distinguished coaches:

Troy Howell, Managing Director

Having coached in the sculling program for several seasons, Troy Howell joined the staff at the center on a full-time basis as our fleet manager in the spring of 2009. Troy began rowing in 1987 at the University of Virginia and has spent the majority of his waking hours since then either on the water or wishing that he were. He has coached crews of all ... Read more

Troy Howell, Managing Director

Having coached in the sculling program for several seasons, Troy Howell joined the staff at the center on a full-time basis as our fleet manager in the spring of 2009. Troy began rowing in 1987 at the University of Virginia and has spent the majority of his waking hours since then either on the water or wishing that he were. He has coached crews of all ages and abilities at the Rivanna Rowing Club, Wichita State University, the Duluth Rowing Club, the Episcopal School of Dallas, and the Savannah Country Day School, and is still an active competitor, mostly in singles and doubles. He believes that one of sculling's chief merits is that it frequently makes real athletes of people who never knew they were athletes before they found sculling.



Carol Bower, Associate Director

Carol Bower took up rowing during her junior year at UCLA, where she majored in Fine Arts. Soon after graduation in 1979, Carol was invited to Princeton NJ to try out for the US National Rowing Squad. She earned a seat in the 8+ which won a bronze medal in the World Championships in Bled, Yugoslavia. The following year, she was a member the United States ... Read more

Carol Bower, Associate Director

Carol Bower took up rowing during her junior year at UCLA, where she majored in Fine Arts. Soon after graduation in 1979, Carol was invited to Princeton NJ to try out for the US National Rowing Squad. She earned a seat in the 8+ which won a bronze medal in the World Championships in Bled, Yugoslavia. The following year, she was a member the United States Olympic Team, but was unable to participate in the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow due to the national boycott. For the next three years, she was a silver medalist in the World Championships. In 1982, Carol was given the honor of "Female Athlete of the Year" by the US Olympic Rowing Committee. Bower capped her successful international rowing career at the 1984 Summer Olympics, where she won the gold medal in the Women's Eight. In the 1988 Summer Olympics, she coached the Women's Four. Bower was named to the Rowing Hall of Fame in 1984 and again in 1991.

Bower started her collegiate coaching career in 1980 at Yale University as the Women's Novice Coach. She then went on to become the Head Coach of the University of Pennsylvania's Women's Rowing program from 1987 to 1996. In addition to her collegiate coaching experience, she worked with a group of fellow Olympians in a team-building and leadership-training company Team Concepts, Inc. Presently, as Head Coach and Senior Lecturer at Bryn Mawr College, Carol is in charge of scholar-athlete development, recruitment, and the general management and promotion of the rowing program.



Kevin MacDermott, Associate Director

Kevin joined the Craftsbury coaching staff in 2002, began serving as a head coach in 2005 and was named Sr. Associate Director in 2009. Outside of Craftsbury, Kevin is the Head Coach of Men's Rowing at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. During his three years at the helm, the program has won three Men's Team Titles at the New England Rowing Championships and two ECAC Men's ... Read more

Kevin MacDermott, Associate Director

Kevin joined the Craftsbury coaching staff in 2002, began serving as a head coach in 2005 and was named Sr. Associate Director in 2009. Outside of Craftsbury, Kevin is the Head Coach of Men's Rowing at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. During his three years at the helm, the program has won three Men's Team Titles at the New England Rowing Championships and two ECAC Men's team championships. In 2010-11, Kevin was the Head Coach for the United States Junior National Team, leading the men's team to the Junior World Championships in Eton, UK. Prior to his appointment as Head Coach at Trinity, he served as the program's Assistant Coach, working with first-year oarsmen and coordinating recruiting. Kevin cut his teeth in collegiate coaching as the Assistant Coach for Men's Crew at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, his alma mater. Kevin has coached high school and masters rowers in Hartford and Middletown and since 2010 has served as the ergometer coach for two local CrossFit affiliates. Kevin learned to scull at The Haverford School, before going on to row for Northfield Mount Hermon, and as an undergraduate at Wesleyan.



Ric Ricci, Associate Director

Ric has coached rowing for 36 years, including 27 at Craftsbury. He rowed at Trinity College in Connecticut, winning the 2- IRA National Championship in 1972 and '73. In '72 he competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials and the '71 and '73 Henley Royal Regatta. Ric is currently the men's coach at Connecticut College. He coached at Yale and the Blood Street Sculls RC in Old ... Read more

Ric Ricci, Associate Director

Ric has coached rowing for 36 years, including 27 at Craftsbury. He rowed at Trinity College in Connecticut, winning the 2- IRA National Championship in 1972 and '73. In '72 he competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials and the '71 and '73 Henley Royal Regatta. Ric is currently the men's coach at Connecticut College. He coached at Yale and the Blood Street Sculls RC in Old Lyme, Connecticut, was the head women's coach at Rutgers from '86-88, and coached the silver medal-winning pair at the '91 Pan American Games. Ric remains an active competitor in single scull racing.



Noel Wanner, Associate Director

Noel learned to row at Wesleyan University and was a member of the U.S. National Team in 1992 and 1993 as a lightweight. He has coached at the college, club, and high school levels. Over the course of his rowing career, he has won national championships in the senior, elite, and master's categories. He is currently the head coach at Middlebury College. ... Read more

Noel Wanner, Associate Director

Noel learned to row at Wesleyan University and was a member of the U.S. National Team in 1992 and 1993 as a lightweight. He has coached at the college, club, and high school levels. Over the course of his rowing career, he has won national championships in the senior, elite, and master's categories. He is currently the head coach at Middlebury College.



Dan Roock, Director of Competitive Sculling

Coach Roock has been coaching for almost thirty years. His career started at Florida Institute of Technology, before extended involvement with Princeton University, including six years at the helm of the women's rowing program where the Tiger 1V went 59-2 in dual races with multiple EAWRC and National Championships. He spent the next 12 years at Cornell as Director of Rowing and Men's head coach, during ... Read more

Dan Roock, Director of Competitive Sculling

Coach Roock has been coaching for almost thirty years. His career started at Florida Institute of Technology, before extended involvement with Princeton University, including six years at the helm of the women's rowing program where the Tiger 1V went 59-2 in dual races with multiple EAWRC and National Championships. He spent the next 12 years at Cornell as Director of Rowing and Men's head coach, during which time the Big Red's men's 1V was a mainstay of the national top ten. Most Recently, Dan led the lightweight men of Dartmouth, with the LM1V medaling at the EARC and IRA's, spring 2011.

Dan has extensively experience in variety of USRA National Team postings at the Junior, U23, and Senior levels, including winning gold and bronze medals with the Men's U-23 8+ (then Nation's Cup), and winning a gold and silver medal coaching Junior Men's 8+ crews with Todd Jesdale.



Craftsbury Sculling Center Coach List

Josh Accomando, Nobles and Greenough

Josh Accomando, Nobles and Greenough

Josh is Head Boys Coach at Nobles and Greenough where he also teaches in the English department. He has been rowing and sculling for the past 19 years, first learning to scull in private lessons, then rowing at Belmont Hill and for the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, and returning to sculling at the Cambridge Boat Club.



Michele Africa, Humboldt Bay Rowing Association

Michele Africa, Humboldt Bay Rowing Association

Michele began rowing for Humboldt State in 1996. She continued on to medal in the single at Henley and US Nationals. She has coached at all levels of rowing from juniors to collegiate and masters. She has coached at Moss Bay, Gorge Rowing Center, Camosun College, Humboldt State and Humboldt Bay Rowing Association.



Lizzy Antonik, NYAC

Lizzy Antonik, NYAC

Lizzy began her rowing career in 2002 at UMass-Amherst under the coaching of Jim Dietz. After graduating in 2004, she stayed on campus to be an Assistant Coach to Dietz instructing both the novice 8+'s and varsity 4+. While working at UMass, she also assisted Dietz and Mark Wilson at the All-American Sculling Camps where she coached various levels of masters rowers in 1x's, 2x's and 4x's. In 2006, Lizzy moved to New York and joined the NYAC to pursue her own rowing goals. She has since won the National Championship and Canadian Henley in the 8+, 4x, and 2x, and has rowed at 6 national team selection events. Since moving to NY, she also has found time to coach some private sculling lessons.



PJ Antonik, NYAC, National Champion

PJ Antonik, NYAC, National Champion

PJ began his rowing career at Hofstra University in 2001 on a small 8 person club team. After graduation, he started racing for the NYAC and since then has won 5 club national championships in sculling and sweep. Through his career in New York he has appeared at 4 national team speed order events in the heavy 1x pulling a top ten finish in 2006. He has attended several national team selection regattas in the past 4 springs advancing to the B final on several occasions in the 1x and 2x. In 2004, he was a member of the NYAC lightweight 8+ at the Head of the Charles Regatta which took first place. Since then he has raced the championship 1x event every year finishing in the top 5% in 2005, 2006 and 3.1% off the winning time in 2008. Throughout his career, he has coached as a private sculling coach and masters sculling coach at the Greenwich Rowing Club, Pelham Community Rowing as well as coaching privately on his own. He has also assisted the All American Rowing camps with their programs during 3 winter training seasons in Florida.



Kate Apfelbaum, Trinity College

Kate Apfelbaum, Trinity College

Kate learned how to scull with her family in high school during the summer between running seasons. At Trinity College, she joined the men’s rowing team as a coxswain. She coxed for four years at Trinity, coxing and sculling during the summers. In 2009, she competed with the NYAC elite women, finishing as the 3rd US crew at elite nationals and second at Canadian Henley. At Trinity, she drove an undefeated JV her junior year, and completed her senior year as the men’s varsity coxswain and co-captain. This fall, she will be attending Oxford University.



Toby Ayer, Salisbury School

Toby Ayer, Salisbury School

Toby started rowing as a freshman at MIT, where he won the Division II/III national championships and the Head of the Charles Club 8. He then rowed for four years at Oxford University, winning the Boat Race in 2000 and the Fours Head in 1996 and 1999. He helped coach the varsity heavyweights at Harvard for two years and then was the head boys coach at Brookline High School for four years. After officially becoming a Masters rower, he spent two summers with Penn AC, winning senior events at the Independence Day Regatta and Canadian Henley, and medaling at U.S. Elite National Championships and the Head of the Charles. Toby now teaches physics and coaches rowing at Salisbury School in Connecticut, where he bikes, sculls, and helps his five-year-old with the CII fish game.



Stephen Baranoski, Wesleyan University

Stephen Baranoski, Wesleyan University

As an Assistant Coach at Wesleyan University for the past three years, Steve has worked with both the men’s and women’s teams. A 2011 graduate of Marietta College, Steve rowed for Chris Pucella and JP Sekulich. In the summer, Steve is the Head Coach for the junior racing team at Blood Street Sculls.



Sophia Light Barsalow, Yoga instructor

Sophia Light Barsalow, Yoga instructor

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Pamela Besteman, GMS

Pamela Besteman, GMS

Pamela Besteman started in the sport of rowing as a coxswain for Grand Valley State University. She switched to rowing as a junior and earned a Dad Vail silver medal in the Women’s light eight. Just out of college, she began her coaching career at Michigan State University and has continued to coach at a number of clubs and varsity programs including Trinity College, Eastern Michigan University, University of Michigan, George Mason University, Grand Valley State University and the Ann Arbor Rowing Club. Currently, she is working with the Trinity College Men’s Rowing team as both a rowing and yoga coach. Pamela trains and competes with the Masters Performance Team from the GMS Rowing Center. She resides with her husband, Brian Tryon in Glastonbury, CT.



Charlie Biddle, Undine Barge Club/Craftsbury GRP Alumnus

Charlie Biddle, Undine Barge Club/Craftsbury GRP Alumnus

Charlie rowed at the Shipley School and later at Bates College. While in college, he began single sculling in the summer at Undine Barge Club. He cut his teeth coaching masters and high school students at Duxbury Bay Maritime School in 2006. He has been coaching high school and masters rowers at Bachelors Barge Club since 2007 and the Baldwin School since 2010. Formerly a member of the Green Racing Project, Charlie continues to train out of Undine Barge Club as well as with Tony Neczypor at Shell Repair USA.



John Biglow, Cambridge Boat Club

John Biglow, Cambridge Boat Club

John Biglow began rowing in 1972 on Lake Washington and was coached by Frank Cunningham at The Lakeside School. All together, he has rowed an 8+, 4+, 4-, 4X, 3X (adapted from a pair with coxswain), 2+, 2-, 2X, and a 1X. He rowed at Yale for Buzz Congram and Tony Johnson. John was fortunate to be part of Yale’s varsity 8+ in 1978 and 1979, which won Eastern Sprints. He also had the good fortune to row with the national team in a 4+ coached by Pete Gardner, as well as 4X and 1X, both coached by Harry Parker.



Alex Binkowski, White Rock Boathouse

Alex Binkowski, White Rock Boathouse

Alex Binkowski began his rowing career at the Detroit Boat Club (DBC), rowing for Wayne State University during the school year and the DBC during the summer months. As a competitor, Alex is a five time US Nationals medalist in Senior, Elite, and Masters events in both sculling and sweep, and both open and lightweight categories. Coaching became a way to give back to the sport and a natural extension of a teaching career that crisscrossed the United States. Alex has coached at Kansas State University, Topeka Rowing Association, Oak Ridge Rowing Association, Girls’ Preparatory School, US Women’s Junior National Team, St. Ignatius College Prep (SF), Indiana University, All American Rowing Camps, UMass-Amherst, London Youth Rowing, and White Rock Boathouse.



Libby Boghossian, Choate Rosemary Hall

Libby Boghossian, Choate Rosemary Hall

Libby is a 2009 graduate of Brown University, where she studied biology and became a two time NCAA champion and a three time Eastern Sprints champion while rowing with the Bears. She then spent several years teaching in inner city public schools in Boston and simultaneously coached her athletes to a total of 17 medal finishes at New England Championships, US Nationals and Canadian Henley while working at Community Rowing and at the Winsor School. Libby now teaches biology at Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut, and led her rowers to Choate’s first two gold medal finishes ever at the NEIRA Championships in 2014.



Ellen Braithwaite, Open Water Rowing Center

Ellen Braithwaite, Open Water Rowing Center

Ellen learned to row as an adult at Craftsbury while she was a member of the Center's office staff in the early 90s. Sculling led to lots of new friends, and a new career. She combined teaching and administration for four years as the Director of the Open Water Rowing Center in Sausalito, California, and now specializes in teaching sculling to adults, both on the challenging water of San Francisco Bay and on various calmer bodies of water in California and Vermont. As a competitor in sprint events, Ellen has won sculling gold medals at the FISA Masters Worlds, as well as U.S. Rowing National and Regional regattas. She competes in long distance events in the ocean as well as on lakes and rivers, and though she has medaled in the Monterey Bay Crossing, the Catalina Crossing, marathons in Ottawa, Vermont, and California, and the North American Open Water Rowing Championship, she believes strongly in the satisfaction of modulated participation.



Erik Breiland, Green Mountain Rowing, president

Erik Breiland, Green Mountain Rowing, president

Erik rowed sweep at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 1994-1998. He started sculling on the Merrimack River in the summer of 1995 and continues to scull in Vermont on the Lamoille River. He coached women's novice crew at the University of Vermont in 2000 and took the novice eight to their first berth in the petite final at the New England Rowing Championships. Competitively, Erik has medaled in sculling boats at the Head of the Charles, US Nationals, Canadian Henley, and more prestigious races such as the Green Mountain Head Race and Black Fly Regatta. He encouraged his mom to start rowing back in 2001 and she still races today. His newest challenge is teaching his sweep-rowing wife, Meredith, to scull. He is the founding president of Green Mountain Rowing in the greater Burlington, VT area. Erik has been a coach at Craftsbury since 2002.



John Brisson, Fairfield University

John Brisson, Fairfield University

John started rowing in 1973 at SUNY Stony Brook and he has never stopped. John began coaching sculling at Craftsbury in 1978 and that sparked his competitive fires. From 1978 to 1988, John competed at the 1980, ’84 and ’88 Olympic trails, won several national championships, Canadian Henleys, and many other races too. John has retired from his law practice but not from coaching. He has coached at the high school, elite, pre-elite, and masters levels, and is currently the assistant women’s coach at Fairfield University, an NCAA D1 school. John loves the 1x and teaching people of all levels to row it better.



Izzie Brown, Berkeley Paddle and Rowing Club

Izzie Brown, Berkeley Paddle and Rowing Club

Izzie learned to scull at Craftsbury in 1984 after rowing at Northfield Mount Hermon and then at Rollins College. With 31 years of rowing and coaching experience (Craftsbury, Florida Rowing Center, Mount Holyoke College, and Temple University), she now teaches sports nutrition at San Jose State University. Her graduate research examined 2000m racing and low verses high carbohydrate ingestion. In December 2011, she published the Boathouse Row Cookbook as a fundraiser for Fred Duling, Sr.



Buzz Congram, Buckingham, Browne, and Nichols School

Buzz Congram, Buckingham, Browne, and Nichols School

Buzz Congram is a Master Coach with 50 years of coaching men and women at the Intercollegiate, International, Club and Junior levels. Combining an abundance of patience, a strong passion for teaching, and an in depth knowledge of sculling and sweep rowing. Buzz spent 15 years coaching freshman heavyweight crews at Columbia, Rutgers, and Yale. In 1978, he became Men’s Varsity Crew Coach at Northeastern. In 2001, upon his retirement after 23 years as Men’s Heavyweight Crew Coach, Buzz served 2 years as Women’s Varsity Lightweight Coach and one year as Interim Men’s Crew Coach at Dartmouth. He is presently coaching the Varsity Girls Crew at Buckingham, Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge, MA. Over the past 12 years, Buzz has also been travelling extensively, acting as Visiting Sculling Coach at various rowing venues in the US and Europe.



Doug Connelly, University of Vermont

Doug Connelly, University of Vermont

Doug Connelly began rowing in 1995 at Colby College and has been coaching or teaching ever since. He currently is the Head Women’s Coach at the University of Vermont, and has previously coached at Ohio State University and Franklin Pierce University. Recent Vermont highlights include a WV4+ gold medal at the 2013 ACRA National Championships and a WN8+ medal-winning performance at the 2013 New England Rowing Championships. Doug sculls with the Green Mountain Rowing Association, competing at the Head of the Charles and other events. Off the water, his favorite thing to do is ski powder with his wife, Liz, and dog, Montana.



Maura Conron, Cambridge Boat Club

Maura Conron, Cambridge Boat Club

Maura began rowing at Brown University and Narragansett Boat Club and now rows out of Cambridge Boat Club in Cambridge, MA. Maura has coached sculling and sweep at CRI, Riverside and elsewhere. She is currently Co-Race Director of the Head of the Charles Regatta. Maura works full time as a graphic designer, photographer and artist.



Jason Cottingham, Syracuse

Jason Cottingham, Syracuse

Jason is currently an Assistant Coach for the Heavyweight Men at Syracuse University. He has spent multiple summers coaching USRowing Pre-Elite camps in Syracuse and Oklahoma City and spent the summer of 2013 as a SBTC/GRP assistant coach and coach for the Men’s and Women’s U23 1x, from Craftsbury, at the U23 World Championships. Prior to Syracuse, he spent three years as an assistant coach for the Lightweight Men at Dartmouth College. Originally from Alabama, he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Alabama.



Lisa Culbertson, Austin Rowing Club

Lisa Culbertson, Austin Rowing Club

Lisa Culbertson began sculling in 1993 at Episcopal School of Dallas and Hockaday School in Dallas, and continued rowing at Cornell University. Post-college, Lisa returned to sculling competitively as a lightweight with success at Nationals, Masters Nationals, Canadian Henley, and the Head of the Charles. As a coach, Lisa has worked with high school outreach, competitive junior, masters, and university club programs. List now considers Austin Rowing Club home.



Ethan Currie, Wesleyan

Ethan Currie, Wesleyan

After learning to row in high school in Concord, NH, Ethan was a four year rower at Wesleyan University, serving as a captain his senior year. He sat bow seat in the Varsity 8 during two of the program’s most successful seasons, earning medals at the Head of the Charles and the New England Championships. He has also sculled competitively for Crescent Boat Club in Philadelphia. Ethan first started coaching during his summers while in college, teaching juniors and masters at Amoskeag Rowing Club in Hooksett, NH.



Diane Davis, SouthEnd Rowing Club

Diane Davis, SouthEnd Rowing Club

Diane coaches novices and is the driving force behind the women’s training and rowing program at the South End RC. She is also the Director of Aquatics for a San Francisco area school where she manages the swim programs and educates coaches. Diane is an accomplished masters sculler in both sprint and marathon distances.



Rich Davis, Former head coach, St. Paul's School

Rich Davis, Former head coach, St. Paul's School

Rich Davis coached at St. Paul’s School for 35 years. While he was Head Coach, the SPS varsity crews won 28 New England boys championships. The SPS girls varsity won the Peabody Cup three times at Henley and the boys won the Princess Elizabeth Cup twice at Henley. The United States Olympic Committee awarded Rich the Rings of Gold Award in 2000 in recognition of the eight Olympians and 30 national team rowers who began rowing in the SPS program. Rich has coached at Harvard University and Keble College, Oxford while a graduate student in those universities and for several summers at Amoskeag Rowing Club. He has taught a number of rowing clinics and presented at USRowing conventions and the Joy of Sculling Conferences. Rich writes two recurring columns for Rowing magazine: “Ask the Coach” and “Get the Picture”. Rich and his wife, Peg, live in Rye never far from the water.



Brian DeRegt, Oakland Strokes/Trinity College

Brian DeRegt, Oakland Strokes/Trinity College

Brian started rowing in his hometown of Norwalk, CT and continued at Kent School. He also rowed for Trinity College as an undergraduate, and represented the U.S. at four World Championships in both sweep and sculling, including a silver medal at U23. Brian has coached men and women at Trinity College, Vesper Boat Club and Long Beach Junior Crew, and is currently the Head Boys Coach at Oakland Strokes. Brian’s crews have won at the Head of the Charles, San Diego Crew Classic, and U.S. Youth National Championships.



Jim Devol, Narragansett BC

Jim Devol, Narragansett BC

Jim Started rowing in 1974 while in college. He started sculling upon graduation in 1979. In the early 80’s he coached several Dad Vail champion crews at the University of Rhode Island and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. After coaching, he spent some time working for Peinert Boat Works. Jim is now a construction manager in Providence, RI. Throughout his rowing career, he has competed in Masters’ races and has won a number of Masters’ National Championships in both sculling and sweep boats. Jim competes most years in the fall head races. At the Head of the Charles, he has won medals in the various sculling races. He first came to Craftsbury as a coach in 1983 and has been part of the coaching staff since then. He coaches occasionally at the Naragansett Boat Club.



Tiffany Doggett, Groton School

Tiffany Doggett, Groton School

Tiffany learned to row in middle school then went on to row at Phillips Academy. She was a member of the 1988 U.S. Junior National Rowing Team, stroking the youth eight. She continued rowing at Cornell University helping Cornell win the points trophy at the 1989 Collegiate National Championship in the novice eight and winning gold in the second eight in 1990. After many years away rowing, in 2005 Tiffany had the opportunity to coach high school girls at Groton School, where her crews have consistently medaled at the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association Championships.



Dick Dreissigacker, Founder of Concept 2, Olympian

Dick Dreissigacker, Founder of Concept 2, Olympian

Dick started rowing at Brown University. He then trained at Vesper Boat Club and was a member of the U.S. National Team from 1970 through 1972. During this time, he competed at the Pan American Games in 1971 and the 1972 Olympics. He coached the Stanford University Men’s Crew for three years (1974-76). In 1976, Dick and his brother, Pete, founded Concept2 and began producing Dreissigacker Racing Oars. In 1981, they introduced the Concept2 Rowing Ergometer. Concept2, located in Morrisville, VT, continues to provide oars and ergs to rowers around the world. Dick competes several times per year, both in his single and in the Motley Rowing Club eight.



Emily Dreissigacker, Dartmouth

Emily Dreissigacker, Dartmouth

Emily is a four-time New England Junior Olympic Nordic skier and an Assistant Coach for the Craftsbury Nordic Ski Club. She is currently a member of Dartmouth Varsity Crew and coaches the Craftsbury Youth Rowing Club.



Louisa Edgerly, 1993 US National Team Member

Louisa Edgerly, 1993 US National Team Member

Louisa has been a rower since the age of 16 and a coach for the past 12 years. She did her collegiate rowing at Cornell, and was a member of the 1993 U.S. National Team. She has coached Master scullers and sweep rowers from Boston to Seattle, at both the competitive and recreational level. She recently completed her doctorate in Communication at the University of Washington and enjoys racing with the Cornell alumni boat whenever possible.



Jeff Ellison, Duluth Rowing Club

Jeff Ellison, Duluth Rowing Club

Jeff has spent the last 34 years rowing and coaching at the Duluth Rowing Club. He holds a BS in Exercise Science, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, a USA Weightlifting certified coach, and a Crossfit Level 1 certified coach. He currently trains athletes and adults at Impact Sports Training /IST Crossfit in Duluth. Jeff earned the nickname “Johnny Rate King” for stroking Duluth’s men’s 8+ to a multi-year undefeated streak in NWIRA dash races during the early 90’s, usually above 50 spm.



Kristen Erickson, Greenwich Academy

Kristen Erickson, Greenwich Academy

Kristen has coached for many years at Greenwich Academy, a private girls’ school in Connecticut, where she teaches history and art history and serves as an upper school dean. She began her rowing career at University College, Oxford in 1990 and went on to row and compete with Kingston Rowing Club in London, Norwalk River Rowing Club, and Greenwich Crew. At Norwalk, she developed and helped coach the women’s crew program, also serving on the club’s board of directors. Kristen has run summer rowing camps for kids and given many private lessons over the years. She taught both her sons and her parents to row, and now competes at the masters’ level in the lightweight single and double.



Cinda Ewton, Burnaby Lake Rowing Club

Cinda Ewton, Burnaby Lake Rowing Club

Cinda has twelve years of rowing experience highlighted by victories at the NCAA and the Australian University Rowing Championships. She has six years’ experience in collegiate and club coaching bring her rowers to multiple state championship titles and Big East Conference medals. Cinda has coached at University of Miami, Rivanna Rowing Club, University of Virginia, and Duke University. She is a USRowing Level III certified coach and currently coaches at Burnaby Lake Rowing Club in Vancover, BC.



Maggie Fellows, Craftsbury Green Racing Project

Maggie Fellows, Craftsbury Green Racing Project

Maggie Fellows came to Craftsbury in 2013 to join the Small Boat Training Center program and subsequently the Green Racing Project. She graduated from St. Lawrence University, where she rowed on the varsity squad for four years. In her first year training at Craftsbury, Maggie won gold in the 2013 Canadian Henley U23 single and was 2nd in both the U23 double and pair. More recently, she was 3rd in the 2014 Championship single at Canadian Henley. She also coaches the Craftsbury Community Rowing program.



Sara Field Gronewold, Gold Medal World Championships

Sara Field Gronewold, Gold Medal World Championships

Sara learned to row at Boston University and was a member of BU’s Eastern Sprints and National Championship crew in 1992. After college, Sara raced on the United States Rowing Team from 1996-2000. She won a gold medal in the women’s 4- at the 1996 World Championships and was a member of the U.S. women’s 4X in 1998. She has been coaching sculling since retiring from competition in 2000, and is currently the Director of Sculling at the Ann Arbor Rowing Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan.



Peter Figgins, Universty of Vermont

Peter Figgins, Universty of Vermont

Peter learned to row in 1989 just before the TRRA boathouse opened in Pittsburgh and continued to row recreationally for 6 years. In 1995, he started training with the masters rowing program in Pittsburgh and competed at a very high level thru 1999 when he received a silver medal at the Masters National in the A8 and the A4x. In the spring of 2000, Peter started coaching at Taylor-Allderdice High School, which is a public high school in the city of Pittsburgh. Peter continued to coach there through the fall of 2004, during which time his crews won many medals at local regattas, two bronze medals at CSSRA Championships in St. Catherines, and a silver at the Midwest Scholastic Championships. Peter moved to Vermont in the fall of 2005 and started coaching the men’s crew club at the University of Vermont.



Barbara Fisher, Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association

Barbara Fisher, Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association

Barbara is a masters sculler, FISA Masters World Champion, and Canadian Henley Champion. She continues to aspire to become a champion at the Head of the Charles and the Henley Royal Regatta.  Barbara employs a blend of geek-like technical savvy, generous allegorical reflection and pithy humor in teaching the art of sculling.



Alie Fishman, Episcopal School of Dallas, Princeton University

Alie Fishman, Episcopal School of Dallas, Princeton University

Alie Fishman began sculling in 2001 at the Episcopal School of Dallas. She went on the row for four years at Princeton University and graduated in 2010. She was bow seat in the U.S. quad that won the 2007 U23 World Championship. Alie currently lives and sculls in Boston and will enter dental school at UPenn in the fall.



Jen Forbes, Georgetown University

Jen Forbes, Georgetown University

Jen attended Northeastern University from 2008-2011.  She is a former U.S. National Team athlete and is currently an Assistant Coach at Georgetown University for both the women’s open and lightweight programs.



Will Forteith, Walker School/Atlanta Rowing Club

Will Forteith, Walker School/Atlanta Rowing Club

Will began sculling in 1993 at St. Mark’s School of Texas in Dallas. During high school, he came to Craftsbury twice as a camper, and his Vermont experiences made him a self-proclaimed New Englander. He did his university rowing at Cornell from 1996-2000. From 2000-2002, Will was the Assistant Coach for the men’s crew at Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut. In 2003, Will returned to St. Mark’s, where he served as Head Rowing Coach for eight years. In the summer of 2012, Will moved to Marietta, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta, where he now serves as the Middle School Principal at The Walker School. This spring he helped coach the novice men at the Atlanta Junior Rowing Association in his free time, and he also volunteers as the LTR Coach at the Atlanta Rowing Club.



Jack Frackleton, St. John's H.S.

Jack Frackleton, St. John's H.S.

Jack learned to row at Umass Amherst and a year before graduation, he spent a summer in Philadelphia where he learned to scull under the direction of Bill Mastalski from Fairmount. Under Mastalski, Jack made his first national team in 1982 in the heavyweight quad. A couple more USA uniforms would be earned (1983, 1986) before Jack realized his ultimate goal: competing in the (1988) Olympic Games. Jack began coaching in 2011 and helped found Merrimack College’s women’s program. Currently, he heads up the novice boys’ program at Saint John’s in Worchester, MA.



Jeanne Friedman, Mount Holyoke

Jeanne Friedman, Mount Holyoke

Jeanne Friedman is a USRA Level III certified coach, and has been involved in sculling since 1975.  She has led Mount Holyoke’s crew team to four Seven Sisters Championships, one NEWMAC Championship, and numerous medals at ECAC and New England regional championships since her arrival in 1991.  In 2009, she was inducted into the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Coach Friedman believes in the importance of a holistic approach to rowing-mental training as well as physical.



Candace Fuchs, Blood Street Sculls

Candace Fuchs, Blood Street Sculls

 

Candace learned to row under Dan Boyne at Tufts University. Subsequently, she represented New York Athletic Club in lightweight women’s sculling and won several national championships. She was the first female athletic member of New York Athletic Club and in 1991 represented the U.S. at the Pam Am games. Candace stepped away from rowing for several years to train and race as a triathlete, qualifying for national championships several times. Although she continued to row recreationally, 2013 was her first season back in competition and in 2014 she joined her former lightweight friends to place second in the Directors 4X at Head of the Charles. 



Carlie Geer, Olympic Silver Medalist

Carlie Geer, Olympic Silver Medalist

Carlie was a member of U.S. National Sculling Teams from 1981 to 1983, and a member of the U.S. Olympic Team in 1980 and 1984. She won a silver medal in the single scull in 1984. Carlie has been a guest coach at Craftsbury for nearly 20 years. Due to the time constraints of her full-time job as a clinical dietitian, her coaching is limited to several weekend programs each season.



Judy Geer, Concept 2, Olympian

Judy Geer, Concept 2, Olympian

Judy started rowing competitively at Dartmouth College and went on to row with the U.S. National Team from 1976 through 1984. She was a member of the 1976, 1980, and 1984 US Olympic Rowing Teams, competing in the Four, Double and Double -placing up to 5th. She coached at St. Paul's School for one year, and coached the Dartmouth Women's Crew for two years. She has coached at Craftsbury Sculling Camp every summer since 1986. She continues to compete a couple times per year, and is the current Record Holder for the 50+ women's single at the Head of the Charles. Judy works for Concept2.



Larry Gluckman, Princeton, Dartmouth, Trinity College

Larry Gluckman, Princeton, Dartmouth, Trinity College

Larry Gluckman is a former head coach at Princeton, Dartmouth, and Trinity College. Larry’s love for the sport of rowing blossomed at Northeastern University under the direction of the renowned coach, G.Ernest Arlett. Before graduation, Larry earned a seat in the Vesper coxless-four that captured the bronze medal at the World Championships in Vichy, France. Following graduation and an assignment in the Peace Corps, Larry resumed his international racing experience. He earned a seat in the 1973 National Eight that competed at the World Championships. This was followed by the 1975 coxed-four and being appointed to the 1976 Olympic Team. Larry’s coaching career began at Columbia University as Head Coach of Crew. Then, it was back to Northeastern University as Assistant Coach. In 1980, Larry was appointed Head Coach of Crew at Princeton University. There, his crews battled for top honors in the EARC. Upon the retirement of Coach Peter Gardner, Larry relocated in Hanover, NH and commanded the Dartmouth program. Larry accepted the position of Marketing Representative at Concept2, where he was known as “Coach” until 2003. In September, “Coach” became Men’s Head Coach at Trinity College – Hartford, CT. After six years of a very successful campaign including Division III National Championships, a Henley Royal Regatta Temple Cup Trophy and Head of the Charles College Eight victories Larry and Sara, his wife of over 40 years, moved to Glover, VT. In June of 2009, he started the Small Boat Training Center for U23 and senior level rowing athletes at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. During his 3 seasons at Craftsbury, he placed 8 crews on the USA U23 World Championship Team. The highlight of this effort was the bronze medal garnered by the Donald sisters in the 2010 Brest, Belarus championships in the open women’s double. Other international coaching efforts have included: Assistant Coach for the 1979 Pan American Team, 1980 Olympic Coach for the women’s double-scull and coxless-pair, 1981 World Championship women’s coxed-four and 1984 Olympic women’s coxed-four. Larry has been involved at the sculling center since the late ‘70s.



John Graves, Trinity College, Craftsbury Green Racing Project

John Graves, Trinity College, Craftsbury Green Racing Project

John Graves graduated from Trinity College, Hartford, CT in 2010. While at Trinity, he was a two-sport athlete and served as captain of both the soccer and rowing teams. John rowed on the 2009 U23 National Team in the Men’s Pair, 2010 U23 National Team in the Lightweight Single, and the 2011 World Cup Squad in the Lightweight Single. He competed at the 2012 Non-Qualified Olympic Rowing Trials in the Lightweight Double, and is currently training as a member of Craftsbury’s Green Racing Project.



Phil Grisdela, Craftsbury Green Racing Project

Phil Grisdela, Craftsbury Green Racing Project

Phil learned to row with the Thomas Jefferson High School team in Alexandria, VA in 2004. He rowed at Dartmouth for the lightweight varsity, earning three second place and one third place finish at the Eastern Sprints and IRA regatta. Phil has represented the U.S. in the U23 men’s lightweight pair and senior men’s eight in 2011 and 2012, earning 9th place both times. This is Phil’s third year at Craftsbury with the Green Racing Project. Phil regularly coaches with Craftsbury’s Community Rowing.



Patrick Guelakis, Choate Rosemary Hall

Patrick Guelakis, Choate Rosemary Hall

Patrick is returning for his eighth year as a Craftsbury coach. A 2003 graduate of Trinity College, Pat coached for two years at Connecticut College under the direction of Ric Ricci. In these two years, the first novice fours were undefeated and novice team took gold in three events in the New England Fours Championships. Pat rowed for four years with the Bantams, competing in the NESCAC under the direction of coaches Stew Stokes and Steve Fluhr. He then coached at Worcester Polytechnic Institute for five years as the Assistant Varsity Coach while teaching physics at Worcester Academy and earning his Master’s in electrical engineering. He is currently Head Coach for the boy’s team and a physics teacher at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, CT.



Phil Henson, Craftsbury Green Racing Project

Phil Henson, Craftsbury Green Racing Project

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Gary Hill, Mendota RC

Gary Hill, Mendota RC

Gary’s coaching career began years ago in his native Australia, instructing beginning glider pilots during long, hot, dusty outback days. Coaching Australian football teams followed, and after moving to the U.S., he coached the United States National Team in this unique sport from 2000-2002. After taking up rowing in 2001 at the Mendota Rowing Club in Madison, WI, and following a busy first season rowing with the adult program, he moved into the position of Adult Novice Group Coach. He headed that program from 2003-05, teaching both sweep rowing and sculling. Three visits to Craftsbury as a camper have helped shape his own rowing and coaching, and he is now looking forward to coaching scullers on Lake Hosmer.



Lindsey Hochman, Hobart and William Smith College

Lindsey Hochman, Hobart and William Smith College

Lindsey started rowing in high school in Virginia Beach, VA, and rowed for Colgate University as an undergraduate. Following graduation, Lindsey competed for three U.S. National Teams in the lightweight quad in 2009, 2011 and 2012, and won two bronze medals. Lindsey currently works as the Assistant Women’s Rowing Coach at Hobart and William Smith College. 



Kate Hoff, Northfied Mount Hermon

Kate Hoff, Northfied Mount Hermon

Kate coaches rowing and teaches math at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Gill, MA. She grew up Nordic skiing in Minnesota and learned to row as a walk-on at MIT in 2002. Since, she has trained and competed in the women’s single and double lightweight sculls out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Marina Aquatic Center in Los Angeles, Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia, and the San Diego Rowing Club. She continues to race as an unaffiliated athlete, most recently finishing 10th in the women’s lightweight 1x at Head of the Charles in 2012. Kate has four years of experience coaching sculling and sweep rowing at the junior level.



Ann Holmes, Vesper Boat Club

Ann Holmes, Vesper Boat Club

Ann began rowing in 1997 as a walk-on at Cornell; she was a team captain and all-region selection. In 2002, Ann moved to Boston and learned to scull at Riverside Boat Club. She has won the 8+ and 4- at U.S. Nationals, Canadian Henley (Senior 2x), and Head of the Charles (Champ 2x). Ann is presently training at Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia, where she is part of the elite program coached by Dutch Olympic Champion Michiel Bartman.



Johnny Hood, Orlando Rowing Club

Johnny Hood, Orlando Rowing Club

Johnny Hood was a member of the Craftsbury SBTC during 2009 and 2010. As a member of the SBTC he competed mostly in the single at events such as the U23 trials, Canadian Henley, and USRowing National Championships. Johnny rowed at Rollins College and since graduating has coached high school, collegiate, and masters rowers. Johnny continues to scull at Orlando Rowing Club.

Jessi Hooper, Southern Methodist University

Jessi Hooper, Southern Methodist University

Jessi Hooper learned to row at Southern Methodist University, where she majored in Financial Consulting. After graduating, she switched to triathlon and started coaching running programs through Fleet Feet in Sacramento, CA. Running around Lake Natoma each week inspired a return to rowing. Since 2007, she has been Novice and Assistant Varsity Coach at SMU. She also coaches private sculling lessons and camps at White Rock Boathouse in Dallas.



Kimberly Howell, Massage Therapist

Kimberly Howell, Massage Therapist

Kimberly has been practicing massage full-time since 1994. Like most therapists, her initial training was in Swedish massage techniques. Over the course of 1997-98, she trained extensively in myofascial spreading and Structural Integration, a deep-tissue modality that aims to release tension in the fascia and restore the musculature's natural length and plasticity. She is currently working toward certification in orthopedic massage. She has worked with clients ranging from children to octogenarians, from expectant mothers to elite athletes. In short, whether you are looking for an opportunity to have a relaxing massage that will put you to sleep or to have your soleus unglued from your gastrocnemius, she can probably accommodate you. She can work as lightly or as deeply as you care for - just ask.

Bob Kaehler, Coach Kaehler, Inc.

Bob Kaehler, Coach Kaehler, Inc.

Coach Bob Kaehler is a three-time Olympian (1992, 1996, and 2000) and four-time world champion rower. He began rowing at the age of sixteen at the Sagamore Rowing Club in New York, and continued through his college years at Rutgers University, and at Columbia where he earned his Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy. After nearly two decades as a physical therapist, Coach Kaehler now devotes his efforts to his true passion of health, fitness, and athletic performance.



Tom Keller, Hobart College

Tom Keller, Hobart College

Tom is currently the Assistant Coach for Hobart College. A 2009 Trinity College graduate, Tom was a four-year oarsman for the Bantams. Previously, Tom worked as an Assistant Coach for Rochester Institute of Technology, West Virginia University, Community Rowing Inc., and the U.S. Junior National Team.



Steve Kish, Bucknell University

Steve Kish, Bucknell University

Coach Kish has led the Bucknell University women’s rowing program for the last seventeen years. During his tenure, the crew has earned eighteen medals at the Dad Vail, seven Patriot League Championships, and three medals at the IRA lightweight women’s national championship. For the past five years, the Bucknell women’s program fall training program has been comprised exclusively of sculling in singles, quads, and octuples.



Laura Larsen-Strecker, Harvard University/U.S. National Team

Laura Larsen-Strecker, Harvard University/U.S. National Team

Laura started rowing in high school with the Brookline High School rowing team and CRI in Boston.  She rowed for four years at Harvard University and was co-captain in her senior year. She is a two-time world champion in the 2009 W8+ and the 2008 U23 W8+. She has been training at the US Training Center in Princeton since 2009.



Jim Lauderdale, St. Paul's School

Jim Lauderdale, St. Paul's School

Jim learned to scull at Craftsbury approximately 25 years ago and had been the boatman at Saint Paul’s School in Concord, NH for the last 18 years. Jim has extensive experience rowing and coaching small boats (pairs, doubles and singles), as well as teaching individuals to row. Jim has been running an eights program for the Advanced Study Program at St. Paul’s School for many summers, and has worked with many novice scullers plus some national and international competitors. Jim introduced one world cup champion single sculler, Jamie Koven, to sculling.



John Laundon, Lyme/Old Lyme H.S.

John Laundon, Lyme/Old Lyme H.S.

John has been the girls Head Coach at Old Lyme High School for ten years. He was the founding Head Coach of the girls and boys teams at Valley Regional High School for six years. He has coached juniors and masters at Old Lyme Rowing Association (Blood Street Sculls) for ten years. John has earned 21 Head of the Charles medals, including three victories, and is a many-time Masters Nationals and World Masters games champion in all classes of classes of sculling boats.



David Lilly, Maine Rowing Association

David Lilly, Maine Rowing Association

David started rowing in high school in 1982 and was one of 32 students in the U.S. chosen for the Junior National Team selection camp in 1984. He competed as an undergraduate at Wesleyan University, finishing his college career undefeated in regular season racing. David won gold and silver medals rowing with Penn AC in the senior 4+ and 8+ at the U.S. Rowing National Championships and did a brief stint coaching novice crews at the University of Virginia. He currently competes as a masters sculler.



Jim Lister, Duke University Recruiting Coordinator

Jim Lister, Duke University Recruiting Coordinator

Jim Lister has been coaching for the past 20 years and is currently in his 7th year at Duke University as the recruiting coordinator/rigger for the women’s team. He has served as the team manager at the U23 World Championships the last two summers. He has worked at Van Dusen Racing Shells to gain the knowledge of construction and repair of boats. He was also the co-founder of Saratoga Rowing Association in 1996. He resides in Durham, NC with his wife and two young daughters.



Hugh McAdam, Craftsbury Green Racing Project

Hugh McAdam, Craftsbury Green Racing Project

Hugh McAdam began rowing in 2004 at Washington College in Chestertown, MD. As an athlete at Washington College, he was named Most Valuable Athlete, MVP, and Team Captain his senior year. Hugh won this year’s NSRI and competed at the 2013 World Cup II Regatta in Eton-Dorney, England, sculling to a 2nd place finish in the B” final of the Men’s Lightweight Single sculls. He also won the USRowing National Championship in the Men’s Lightweight Single and Men’s Lightweight Double. This is Hugh’s second year coaching in the sculling program, and his second year as an athlete as a part of the Green Racing Project.



Austin Meyer, Harvard

Austin Meyer, Harvard

Austin began rowing in Albany, NY for Shaker High School in 2005 and has competed with the U.S. Junior, U23, and Senior National Teams in both sweep and sculling events for the past five years. He won a bronze medal in the 2010 U23 World Rowing Championships in the lightweight men’s four and placed fourth at this year’s U23 World Rowing Championships in the lightweight men’s double. Austin currently rows for Harvard University, and is in his final year of school studying energy and public policy.



Jonathan Moss, Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club

Jonathan Moss, Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club

Jonathan Moss learned to row with the Wesleyan University Crew where he later became Assistant Coach. He has since instructed many youth and club masters. He was a member of the U.S. Lightweight National Team for four years. During his rowing career, Jonathan won gold medals at FISA World Championships, Pan-American Games, U.S. National Championships, Canadian Henley, and several large head races including the Charles, Connecticut, Housatonic, and Green Mountain. Jonathan is founder and President of the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club, a 501(c)3 organization in Springfield, MA trying to grow river activities on an under-utilized part of the Connecticut River. His other athletic pursuits have included two Boston Marathons and competing in his first ½ Ironman Triathlon in July 2010.



Peter Orlando, New York Athletic Club

Peter Orlando, New York Athletic Club

Peter has coached and rowed on the U23 National Team. He brings a wide range of experience coaching all age groups. Most recently, Peter coached a group of masters rowers at a camp in Varese, near Como, Italy. Peter currently lives and works in NYC; he’s become an expert at minimizing row2k as his boss walks by.



Hank Osborn, Columbia University

Hank Osborn, Columbia University

Hank began his career as a competitive rowing coach in 1995 at Tabor Academy. He coached the Dartmouth College Heavyweight Varsity during the summers of 2000-2004. He joined the Columbia University coaching staff in 2003 and led the Lion freshman to their first winning season in many years. At Tabor, he served as Head Coach of boys crew and Director of the Tabor Academy rowing program. Osborn was instrumental in Tabor’s rise as a rowing power in New England and coached the team to their first ever undefeated New England Championship season in the program’s 105 year history. It was Tabor’s first New England Championship in 45 years. His crews also won gold medals in 1997 and won silver and bronze in 1998 and 1999. Under Osborn, Tabor competed at the famed Henley Royal Regatta in Great Britain on three occasions, reaching the finals of the Princess Elizabeth Cup in his final year. Osborn also served as the summer coach of the men’s varsity heavyweight crew at Dartmouth from 2000 to 2004, leading the Big Green varsity eight to the gold medal at Canadian Henley – the first ever for the Dartmouth Heavyweights. In 2002, Osborn was selected as a full member of the Leander Club, located at the Henley Royal Regatta course. That same year, a racing shell was dedicated in his name at Tabor. Another Resolute 8+ at Tabor, the “Hank Osborn II,” was dedicated in the spring of 2005. A standout rower himself at Tabor, he stroked the boys first boat for three seasons, and served as the Seawolves Captain. In 1991, his senior season, Osborn stroked Tabor to #1 New England seed and first place in Britain’s Reading Towne Regatta. At Rutgers, Osborn stroked the freshman heavyweight eight to a top seed at the IRA National Championship Regatta, and then spent three years as stroke of the Scarlet Knights’ varsity heavyweight eight. He led an elite 4+ to an appearance at Henley in 1994. Osborn earned a B.A. in Sociology and Geology in 1995 and did graduate work in marine ecology at the College of the Atlantic, and Masters in Environmental Studies at Dartmouth. Hank learned to scull at Craftsbury in 1988 and began coaching at Craftsbury in 1992.



Rosemary Ostfeld, Blood Street Sculls

Rosemary Ostfeld, Blood Street Sculls

Rosemary began crew during high school, where she coxed for the East Lyme High School Vikings and the Blood Street Sculls women’s masters team in Connecticut. She coxed for all four years of college for the Wesleyan University men’s crew from 2006-2010, and learned to scull during her sophomore year. She served as a volunteer coach for the Wesleyan University men’s novice  crew from 2010-2011, and coached the San Diego Rowing Club girl’s novice crew from 2011-2012. This past year she trialed as a cox for the Cambridge University Boat Club.



Henry Palmer, Union Boat Club

Henry Palmer, Union Boat Club

Henry began sculling in 1999, here at Craftsbury. Sculling provided the backbone for his rowing career at St. Andrews School, Trinity College, and ultimately Leander Club.  Henry has been the Head Coach of Union Boat Club since 2011, where he continues to scull in his free time. His most notable races include three Head of the Charles championships, three wins at the Henley Royal Regatta, and a Head of the River win. 



Naomi Patino, Florida Rowing Center

Naomi Patino, Florida Rowing Center

Naomi did her college rowing at Boston University, then went on to win several U.S. National Championships in sculling events. She has coached at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, and was the director of the Florida Rowing Center for five years. Naomi also competed as a pro in-line speed skater, winning many long distance races.



Roger Payne, University of Virginia

Roger Payne, University of Virginia

Roger brings 40 years of rowing and coaching experience to Crafstbury. He rowed at the University of Washington, sculled at Lake Washington RC, winning 4 Canadian Henley golds in the Lt 2X, worked for both Pocock Racing Shells and Owen Racing Shells, and coached at Lake Washington, Seattle Pacific, Oregon State, Wisconsin, and Virginia. He has coached at numerous USRowing development and selection camps for Jr. and Sr. men and women, sweep and sculling. Roger has worked with several national team and Olympic scullers, most recently with the bronze medalist Paralympic LTA 2X. He is currently boatman at University of Virginia, and works with scullers at Rivanna RC and Cavalier Rowing Camp.



Thomas Phifer, University of Oxford

Thomas Phifer, University of Oxford

Thomas began rowing at Middlebury College his sophomore year. While studying abroad in Germany, he trained with the Mainzer Ruder-Verein before rowing his senior year with Middlebury. Since graduating, Thomas earned his teaching license in High School German and coached the novice crew at Middlebury. He has competed at the East Coast Speed Order and CRASH-B’s and currently trains with the New York Athletic Club. In the fall of 2015, Thomas will enter the University of Oxford for a Masters Degree in Education, hoping to compete with the university’s rowing team. He has strong aspirations to row with the U.S. senior sweep team.



Thomas Phifer, Middlebury College

Thomas Phifer, Middlebury College

Thomas began rowing at Middlebury College his sophomore year. While studying abroad in Germany, he trained with the Mainzer Ruder-Verein before rowing his senior year with Middlebury. Since graduating, Thomas earned his teaching license in High School German and coached the novice crew at Middlebury. He has competed at the East Coast Speed Order and CRASH-B’s and currently trains with the New York Athletic Club. In the fall of 2015, Thomas will enter the University of Oxford for a Masters Degree in Education, hoping to compete with the university’s rowing team. He has strong aspirations to row with the U.S. senior sweep team.



Margaret Pitkin, Yoga instructor

Margaret Pitkin, Yoga instructor

Margaret has studied and taught yoga for over 14 years, she is currently completing studies for her Doctorate of Physical Therapy through the University of Vermont. More on Margaret can be found at her website: www.margaretpitkin.com



Melissa Poplaski

Melissa Poplaski

Melissa Poplaski, CSCS, started rowing at San Diego Rowing Club (SDRC) and continued rowing at Santa Clara University while studying Psychology. She has taken her love for movement and science to become certified as a level 2 U.S. Rowing Certified Coach, Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), ACSM Personal Trainer (cPT), and PMA Pilates Instructor. She has coached at Santa Clara University, Buckingham, Browne & Nichols Prep School, and RowSkills. She loves sharing her knowledge of movement with athletes to help each individual walk away feeling empowered and motivated.



Charles Putnam, Holy Cross

Charles Putnam, Holy Cross

Charles rowed at Trinity College, Hartford, where he stroked the 1974 heavyweights. He was head rowing coach at Pomfret School, BB&N, and St. Mark’s School before assuming his present position ten years ago as Women’s Novice Rowing Coach at The College of the Holy Cross. His true joy in coaching comes through bringing rowers from the level of complete beginner to excel in national competition and also through using the lessons of the sport to help shape young lives.



Gary Reid, Concept2 New Zealand

Gary Reid, Concept2 New Zealand

Gary started rowing at age twelve, encouraged by his father who had coached three New Zealand Olympic teams.  He rowed for New Zealand in the 1980’s, including as the single sculler at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.  Gary has been Concept2’s New Zealand distributor since 1995 and has participated in the CRASH-B’s many times.  In his role with Concept2 and CRASH-B, he has been involved in the training of such New Zealand athletes as Rob Waddell and Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell.  Gary still actively trains in the single and on the C2 ergometer.



Eli Roxby, Trinity College

Eli Roxby, Trinity College

Eli started rowing in Philadelphia for Conestoga high school where he sculled for four years. Next he rowed for Trinity College which included a trip to Henley and an ECAC varsity eight gold medal. After graduation Eli rowed for the Green Racing Project at Craftsbury where he competed in the Under 23 Championships in Czech Republic in the pair. Eli recently has returned from a six month trip in South America where he was traveling and working on organic farms. He looks forward to sharing his passion for rowing with others this summer at Craftsbury.

Marlene Royle, OTR, Roylerow

Marlene Royle, OTR, Roylerow

Marlene started rowing in 1977 competing for West Slide Rowing Club, Boston University, and Boston Rowing Club; her accomplishments include national collegiate, national sculling, and Head of the Charles titles. She first joined Craftsbury’s coaching staff in 1986 and served as an Associate Director from 2004-2006. From 2006 to 2009, she was the Head Coach at the Florida Rowing Center. In 1999, Marlene founded Roylerow Performance Training Programs to design plans for individuals and teams. Marlene writes a monthly training column in Rowing Magazine and is the author of Tip of the Blade: Notes on Rowing and Skillfull Rowing. When not on the water, Marlene is an avid Nordic skier and enjoys traveling.



Rachel Schlosser, Tufts University

Rachel Schlosser, Tufts University

 

Rachel learned to row at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. She has rowed and coached at many different levels spending time with high school, collegiate and masters rowers. Over the last year, she has developed as a coach at the Institute for Rowing Leadership, where she spent time between learning on the water coaching, at Tufts University, and in the classroom in areas like biomechanics and leadership. She loves the sport and all of the amazing opportunities to connect with others and enjoy the outdoors that rowing offers.



Cindy Shirts

Cindy Shirts

Cindy was a competitive swimmer in high school and college, then coached swimming for over twelve years while raising a family. Cindy spent a couple of years as a competitive cyclist before discovering rowing ten years ago. She has coached rowing for five years and earned her level 2 U.S. coaching certificate in New Zealand. Her favorite rowing accomplishment is completing the 115 mile Covallis to Portland Row in a double. Her favorite non-rowing hobby is bow hunting. Cindy spent las winter working at the Florida Rowing Center, and is looking forward to her first year at Craftsbury.



Edward Slater, Trinity College

Edward Slater, Trinity College

Ed started rowing in 1997 at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, MA where he became a true student of the sport. He continued on at Trinity College in Hartford, CT where the arrival of Larry Gluckman as the Men’s Varsity Coach in the fall of 2003, allowed him to gain a renewed passion for the sport. As an oarsman of the Trinity Men’s Varsity Crew, as well as a captain for the ’05-’06 season, Ed won gold at the Head of the Charles in 2004 and 2005, the New England Championships in 2005 and 2006, the ECAC National Championships in 2006 (the first time in Trinity’s history), and the 2005 Henley Royal Regatta (as a spare for the Temple Challenge Cup 8+). When not in school, Ed trained at the pre-elite level with the New York Athletic Club, competing at USRowing Nationals and Canadian Henley. As a coach, Ed had his start at the Saugatuck Rowing Club in Westport, CT in 2002 and 2003, where he became the Director of Novice Programs as well as a junior and masters coach. After working a tall in the Pacific in the Fall of 2006, Ed returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach to the Varsity Men’s program, focusing on the 3rd Varsity 8+ which went on to win both the New England and ECAC Championships. Having coached at the New York Athletic Club during the summer of 2007, Ed joined with Craftsbury that fall. Outside coaching at Craftsbury, Ed resides in Boston where he trains independently and is an avid marathoner and triathlete. He is a member of NYAC, Power Ten NY and a coach for We Can Row-Boston, a rowing program for breast cancer survivors.



Karen Sommer, Pocock Rowing Center

Karen Sommer, Pocock Rowing Center

Karen has coached scullers of many ages and skill levels for the past 6 years at the Pocock Rowing Center in Seattle, and helped to launch the PRC’s learn to row program. Her coaching style integrates elements from her backgrounds in competitive sculling, science, Pilates, and strength training, and emphasizes efficient and healthy technique. When not coaching or working out, she is a Senior Scientist at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute.



Elizabeth Sonshine, Craftsbury Green Racing Project

Elizabeth Sonshine, Craftsbury Green Racing Project

Elizabeth Sonshine graduated from Bates College in 2012 where she walked on to the rowing team. After four years of placing 2nd at NCAAs for D3, she joined SBTC for the summer where she first learned to scull, and then joined the GRP. She trained at Craftsbury for the past three years and recently moved to Boston to train with Riverside's High Performance Group. She most recently won the women's senior quad at Canadian Henley for the third year in a row.



Stew Stokes, Colby College

Stew Stokes, Colby College

Stew Stokes is entering his seventh year as the Head Coach of Rowing at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Since his arrival, the program has more than doubles in size and the women’s crew won the College’s only NCAA Championship in a team sport by claiming the 2003 Divison III title and the men’s crew became the first crew from Colby to win an international race at the Henley Royal Regatta in 2005 against Isis Boat Club. Prior to his arrival at Colby, Stokes coached at Trinity College and the University of Massachusetts. A 1990 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Stokes is a four-time winner of the Head of the Charles Regatta, a four-time U.S. National Champion, and a member of the men’s lightweight eight on the 1993 United States Rowing Team. He and his wife, Bess, live in Oakland, Maine, with their daughters, Maggie and Sally.



Helen Tilghman, University of Washington

Helen Tilghman, University of Washington

Helen began rowing at Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center in Seattle in 2003. She went on to row for four years at the University of Washington before earning her Master’s in Education in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership. She has coached at the junior, collegiate and master’s level. She is currently the Assistant Coach for the University of Dayton women’s varsity rowing team.



Pat Tirone, Delta Sculling Center

Pat Tirone, Delta Sculling Center

Pat began sculling 10 years ago at Stockton Rowing Club in Stockton, CA and at Craftsbury. She is the founder and head coach of Delta Sculling Center in Stockton, CA, where the mission is to make sculling an inclusive sport, regardless of barriers. A physical therapist and certified Tai Chi and yoga instructor, she also coaches sculling in Sacramento and Petaluma, CA. She has won numerous local and regional lightweight single and double competitions on the West Coast. One principle that guides her coaching is that “the water teaches”, so she tries to measure out her instruction – enough guidance and enough silence for budding scullers to easily learn their new skills.



Mike Van Beuren, Hanover, NH

Mike Van Beuren, Hanover, NH

Mike has been rowing since high school in the 1960s, and competed in the 1970 Junior World Championships. He was recruited to row at Penn, and coached at St. John’s College, Annapolis for thirteen years. More recently, Mike has competed in multiple Masters National Championships. Mike first learned to scull right here at Craftsbury.



Todd Vogt, Lewis and Clark College

Todd Vogt, Lewis and Clark College

Todd Vogt is the Assistant Coach at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon and Head Coach for the Portland Women’s Rowing Club. Previously, he spent two years as an Assistant Coach at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Todd has spent the past two summers coaching at the Pennsylvania Althletic Club (his men’s lightweight 8+ won club nationals in 2010) and at Craftsbury. He began coaching in 2005 at the Lake Oswego Community Rowing Club in Lake Aswego, Oregon, working with both juniors and masters rowers. He began rowing his freshman year at the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, NY, where he competed and won medals at various regattas including the New York State Collegiate Championships and the Dad Vail Regatta. After graduating, he continued rowing with the West Side Rowing Club in Buffalo, NY, racing in various regattas such U.S. Nationals and Canadian Henley.



Mike Wagner, Sagamore Rowing Association

Mike Wagner, Sagamore Rowing Association

Mike began rowing in 1992 during his freshman year at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. He learned to scull the following summer at the Reggie Minor Boathouse in Lloyd Harbor, NY. Mike has 8 years’ experience coaching at the collegiate, scholastic, and club levels, bringing his rowers to multiple state championship titles and a Stotesbury Cup medal. He has coached at Friends Academy, Cold Spring Harbor High School, and Hofstra University. Mike is an active Masters sculler and is currently a volunteer sculling coach at the Sagamore Rowing Association in Oyster Bay, NY.



Jim Washburn, Carnegie Lake Rowing Association

Jim Washburn, Carnegie Lake Rowing Association

Jim rowed for four years at the Lawrenceville School and captained the crew for his last two years, stroking the senior four to the school’s first appearance at the Scholastic National Championships. At Trinity College, he stroked the freshman heavyweight eight to a silver medal, and in the varsity heavyweight, a gold medal at the New England Rowing Championships. After two years of coaching at Tabor Academy, Jim coached boys crew at Lawrenceville for six years, and currently coaches at Carnegie Lake Rowing Association. When he is not coaching, sculling, or cycling, Jim teaches history at Montgomery High School, just north of Princeton.



Pete Washburn, Episcopal High School, Jacksonville

Pete Washburn, Episcopal High School, Jacksonville

Pete has been a teacher and a rowing coach for 42 years.  He rowed in high school at St. Andrew’s School in Delaware, at Syracuse University, and was twice on the U.S. national lightweight team. After coaching at St. Andrew’s School, Princeton University, and St. Mark’s School, he spent thirty-three years as a coach and director of the rowing program at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA.



Taylor Washburn, Tabor Academy, Princeton

Taylor Washburn, Tabor Academy, Princeton

Taylor did his high school rowing at Phillips Academy and has also coached the Phillips Academy boy’s 2nd boat.  After graduating from Princeton, he rowed for the U.S. National team in the lightweight 4-, and spent a year teaching and coaching at Phillips Academy.  He is currently head coach of boy’s crew at Tabor Academy in Marion, MA.



Astrid Wettstein, Princeton, Craftsbury SBTC

Astrid Wettstein, Princeton, Craftsbury SBTC

Astrid began sculling at Rochester Rowing Club of Minnesota during high school. She rowed for four years at Princeton University, competing at four NCAA championships. She also trained and competed with the Craftsbury Green Racing Project's U23 Small Boat Training Center during the summers of 2011 and 2012.



Steve Whelpley, Craftsbury Green Racing Project

Steve Whelpley, Craftsbury Green Racing Project

Steve started his rowing career in Wisconsin at the Milwaukee Rowing Club, where he and his high school friends started up a junior program that traveled locally and gave them all a taste for the sport. From there, he rowed at Colby College and was a NESCAC all-academic honoree for two out of his four years. After college, he moved to the historic Boathouse Row of Philadelphia to continue his pursuit of rowing with aims of making the National Team. After a few years in pairs and fours, Steve finally made the full-time switch to sculling in 2008. In his first year of sculling, he finished fourth at Olympic Trials in the single. Subsequent years brought Steve to many different clubs and coaches as he attempted to climb the sculling ranks: Penn AC, GMS, Potomac, the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, and the National Team Training Center in Princeton. In 2012, he raced to a second place finish in the double at the 2012 Olympic Trials. From here, Steve arrived at Craftsbury as a member of the Green Racing Project, where he has since earned consecutive berths on the National Team as the U.S. Men’s Single in 2013 and a member of the U.S. Men’s Quad in 2014. In addition to training with GRP, Steve coaches regularly with Craftsbury’s Community Rowing.



Julia White Hoppe, Craftsbury Outdoor Center

Julia White Hoppe, Craftsbury Outdoor Center

Julia began rowing as a walk-on athlete at Oregon State University in the fall of 2000. She went on to train with the US National Team in Princeton from 2003 until 2007, where she took up sculling in 2004. Julia has coached both sweep and sculling at the Hun School of Princeton, OSU, UCSD, UC Davis, and was selected to attend Pocock's inaugural CoachCon in 2012. This is her second summer as Craftsbury's Fleet Manager and her third summer coaching at the Outdoor Center.



Diana Whitney, Coach and Yoga Instructor

Diana Whitney, Coach and Yoga Instructor

Diana Whitney, RYT, teaches dynamic vinyasa flow yoga that strengthens the body while opening the heart. She has 13 years experience teaching compassionate and challenging yoga sequences to students of all ages and abilities. A lifelong athlete and a Pilates mat instructor, Diana integrates core strength and breath-work into all her classes. Diana rowed at Dartmouth College and Oxford University and started sculling at Riverside Boat Club, where she won a gold medal at Canadian Henley in the senior lightweight quad. She and her husband Tim lead Yoga & Sculling workshops in Southern Vermont.

Tim Whitney, Wesleyan

Tim Whitney, Wesleyan

 

Tim Whitney rowed at Wesleyan University from 1994-1998 and began sculling in 1997 at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. After college, Tim raced in the single sculls, training on the Charles River in Boston and at the Long Beach Rowing Association in Long Beach, CA. He won the U.S. singles trials in 2001 and competed at the World Championships that year in Lucerne, Switzerland. Tim is now a certified yoga teacher and a therapist who specializes in sport psycology. He continues to train, coach, and race in Brattleboro, VT, where he owns Core Flow Yoga & Sport with his wife Diana.



Taryn Wilson, UMass

Taryn Wilson, UMass

Taryn Wilson began rowing in 2004 for Shenendehowa Crew in Clifton Park, NY. After six years with the program, she went on to row for Marietta College her freshman and sophomore years. In the fall of 2012, Taryn transferred to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she sat in the varsity 8+ and captained the 2013-2014 team. Taryn has competed at several NCAA rowing championships and holds top finishes from the Dad Vail Regatta, Head of the Charles, and both Mid-Atlantic and Atlantic-10 conference championships. Taryn is now serving as an intern coach for UMass under the direction of coach Jim Dietz.