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Vicki Larson - Lead Coach and Junior Team, Private Lessons

Rachel Beise - Junior Team

John Davis - Men’s Team, Private Lessons

Ian Gordon - Novice Team, Learn to Row, Rowing Adventure

Patty Hansen - Women's Comp Team, Private Lessons

Lena Hedberg - Novice Team, Learn to Row, Rowing Adventure

Grace Jurkovich - Novice Team, Learn to Row, Rowing Adventure

Ingrid McNeely - Junior Team

Peter Morgan - Women’s Comp Team, Private Lessons

Michael Nicholls - Novice Team

Katie Norgard - Green Team, Rowing Adventure

Jeffrey Powers - Green Team, Women's Comp Team

Jake Sachs - Junior Team
Ann Schley - Recreational Team, Rowing Adventure, Private Lessons

Blake Wagoner - Novice Team, Learn to Row, Rowing Adventure

Rhiannon Williams - Learn to Row, Rowing Adventure, Private Lessons

 



Vicki Larson - Lead Coach and Head Junior Coach, Private Lessons

Vicki LarsonVicki is Lead Coach for the Adult Program and Head Junior Coach at the Minneapolis Rowing Club. She began her tenure with MRC summer 1991 and, with the exception of having children, has been here ever since. Vicki is entering her fourth year as junior head coach. Coaching juniors is, "a wonderfully fulfilling experience. As a competitive team, working towards the win is always there, and my wish for the kids once they leave the program is that they are hungry to keep pushing when they row in college. It's also important to make a safe space for the athletes to be who they are, to succeed and fail and know they are supported."


Prior to heading up the juniors she has coached adult novice, adult recreational, and taught learn to row at MRC. College experience includes coaching varsity at the University of St. Thomas and coaching the novice women's club team at the University of MN (before they went varsity. When time permits Vicki still races with the masters women's program at MRC.



Rachel Beise - Junior Team

Rachel BeiseBlissfully married to an incredible man and fellow rower named Eric.

Currently a full-tome coach at Flyfeet Running and Certified Personal Trainer.

Rowed in High School at Mercer Junior Rowing Club in Princeton, NJ. Rowed for the University of Minnesota in undergrad and graduated with a B.S. in Kinesiology.  

Coached various High School rowing camps, junior and adult Learn-to-Row sessions, and served as the Graduate Assistant Rowing Coach at the University of Minnesota 2015-2016.  

Currently coaching MRC Juniors for the fourth summer and loving it!


 




John Davis - Men’s Team, Private Lessons

John DavisJohn Davis is well known in the Twin Cities rowing community. 2016 marked JD’s 30th season as a college and club rowing coach, most notably at MRC and at Stanford.

Five times, his Stanford women’s varsity eights finished in the top five nationally and

eight of his oarswomen became USA National Team or Olympic rowers. He has coached at MRC for well over a decade, and served as Lead Coach from 2013 to 2016.


JD was a member of the Rusty Callow Award winning 1974 UC Irvine crew, rowed at Lake Washington, Vesper and College boat clubs, and is a national rowing champion and World and Olympic trials finalist. Many of those coaching regionally have received their coaching certification through the USRowing Coaching Education Project with JD as instructor. While at Stanford, John met his wife, Wendy, who is currently the Head Women’s Rowing Coach at Minnesota. Both of the Davis boys were junior oarsmen. 

Quote from JD “The coach’s role is to create an atmosphere for success in terms of personal development as well as boat speed. In fact, they go hand-in- hand.”



Ian Gordon - Learn to Row, Novice Team, Rowing Adventure

Ian GordonIan graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Accounting. He spent the start of his undergraduate career on the University swim team, but decided that he'd rather be on the water instead of in it so joined the men's crew team. He rowed two years for the University of Minnesota as well as a summer with the Minnesota Development Camp. During that time, he competed in regattas around the country both on regional and national stages. When he isn't out on the Mississippi, Ian enjoys cooking, gardening, and traveling the world.


 




Patty Hansen - Women's Comp Team, Private Lessons

Patty HansenMost of my life has held some aspect of rowing, from building a boathouse, to rowing, to coaching. In early childhood my family helped build the A-Frame boathouse that stood at the current site. After burning down, the current structure was built and named after my father in honor of his devotion and support of rowing in the midwest.


In 1984 I represented the Midwest Rowing Women’s Team that competed in the World Games in Montreal. My entire coaching career has been at MRC, beginning in 1979 with Junior boys, 1987-1988 Regina Girls High School rowing team, 1988-1990 women’s high school/college team, 1989-1991 and 2006-2012 I coached Macalester College while also coaching the novice, rec and sport programs. 2012-2016 I focused mostly on my US Rowing Referee position although I subbed for coaches at MRC during this time as well as taught private lessons. Presently I’m coaching the Competitive Women’s “C” Team.




Lena Hedberg - Novice Team, Learn to Row, Adventure Rowing

Lena HedbergOriginally from Minneapolis, Lena began rowing with the MRC Junior’s team her freshman year of high school, finishing her senior year as captain of the team. Lena was recruited to, and rowed for, the UW - Madison lightweight women’s team. She has recently graduated from UW - Madison is back in Minneapolis. This will be Lena's first year coaching at MRC and she is excited to be back in a rowing community.



Grace Jurkovich - Novice Team, Learn to Row, Rowing Adventure

Grace JurkovichGrace started rowing at MRC her junior year of high school. She went on to join the varsity women's rowing team at Bates College in Maine. At Bates, Grace participated in a DIII NCAA national championship and was team captain her senior year. She recently graduated from Bates and is home in Saint Paul for the summer before heading off to post-grad adventures in Spain in the fall. She is excited to be back at MRC this summer and spend some time on the Mississippi.





Ingrid McNeely - Junior Team

IngridMcNeelyIngrid is a student at Drake University where she studies Graphic Design and Philosophy. She started off rowing at MRC where she fell in love with the sport and team, which led her to pursue rowing in college. This will be her second year on the Drake University team and her fifth total with the sport. She is excited to begin her first summer of coaching at MRC this year.





Peter Morgan - Women's Comp Team, Private Lessons

Peter MorganA former Harvard oarsman, Peter Morgan has spent most of the past 20 years coaching rowing. Coming most recently from a two year stint at Bucknell with the women’s program, Morgan spent the preceding three years as an assistant coach with the University of Minnesota women’s program as well as their USRowing Development Camp. Prior to that Morgan spent a year as head coach of the University of Minnesota men’s program, leading their heavyweight four to an ACRA national title.


During a five year career at the Minnesota Boat Club, Morgan led the competitive men’s and women’s team to the Northwestern International Rowing Association points total in 2009 and 2010. Under


Morgan, the MBC women’s master four won the Head of the Charles Regatta in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. Earlier in his career Morgan spent time as the head men’s coach at the University of Pittsburgh and later as an assistant coach with the Harvard men’s heavyweight program.


Peter is no stranger to the Minneapolis Rowing Club. He rowed competitively with MRC in the summer of 1989, served as the men’s head coach in 1996, head novice coach in 2003 and assistant women’s coach 2003-2005. He is excited to be returning to MRC once again.



Michael Nicholls - Novice Team

Michael Nicholls coaching career started while an exchange student at Oxford University in 1985.  A few years later he traded his oars for a stroke watch permanently and has worked as a professional university or club coach ever since. He holds a USRowing Level III coaching certification and has served as a Level I instructor.


Michael has coached at all levels from novice to elite.  His accomplishments include:

  • teaching over 3,000 people how to row in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East

  • guiding 6 athletes onto World Championship or Olympic teams

  • 3 collegiate national championship (IRA) victories

  • leading a team to the semifinals at the Henley Royal Regatta

  • serving as a mentor coach to 39 professional coaches at the junior, club, and collegiate levels  


Nicholls currently serves as the Director of Leadership Development for Team Concepts, Inc., an experiential training company that teaches participants how to build and lead their own high performance teams.



Katie Norgard - Green Team, Rowing Adventure

KatieNorgardKatie started rowing at SUNY Geneseo in upstate NY after a friend told her that she works out like a guy so she would probably enjoy rowing (which she did). After graduating she traded in her Sperrys for some Chacos and moved to Minneapolis for grad school where she also started rowing and coaching the Juniors at MRC. She spent her second year in grad school coaching the University of St. Thomas Novice women's team and found that she really enjoyed teaching people the fundamentals of the sport . After getting a real job she took a break from coaching to focus on racing with the Masters Women and spent the past two years as the captain of the women's competitive A team. However now that she is finishing up her second masters degree is taking a step back from the competition and looking forward to spending time going back to teaching the basics and sharing her love of the sport with newer members of the club.





Jeffrey Powers - Green Team

Jeff PowersJeffrey grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where he started rowing in 8th grade. He competed at nationals multiple years and senior year placed third in the double. After high school he rowed for Orange Coast College. Freshman year he made the top 8 and won Western IRAs. Sophomore year he made the varsity boat.

After college Jeffrey began his coaching career with his old high school team, the St. Louis Rowing Club. Since then he has moved around and coached as he could. Most recently he coached at a small club in Colorado, Loveland Rowing. He moved to Minneapolis fall 2017 and is excited to be a part of MRC.



Jake Sachs - Junior Team

Jake SachsJake is a student at the University of Minnesota, studying English and Theater. He’s been rowing for about six years. His first few years were at MRC and he’s just completed his second year rowing on the collegiate level for the U of M men’s crew. This will be his first year coaching, and he’s very excited to be working here with everyone.



Ann Schley - Recreational Team, Rowing Adventure, Private Lessons

Ann SchleyLike many of the Recreational Rowers she coaches, Ann Schley started rowing through a club learn to row class.  Since that first class a few decades ago, her love for the river, and the rhythmic beauty and challenge of the sport, brings her back to the water each season.

Ann's previous coaching experience includes leading MRC’s Learn to Row program, coaching the Novice Team, and Varsity Coach for Macalester College.

Ann has a unique ability to provide individual instruction while remaining focused on the progress of the entire team. She generates enthusiasm for the sport and provides clear instruction that allows each rower to improve their skills. Her competent management makes each practice run smoothly and maximizes time on the water.



Blake Wagoner - Novice Team, Green Team,  Learn to Row

From Dallas,TX, Blake graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Kinesiology. He started rowing his freshman year of college by chance when a varsity rower said to him, "Hey you're tall, come trying rowing." So, he tried it and fell in love with the sport. After freshman year of college, Blake went back to Dallas for the summer and rowed at the White Rock Rowing Club. That fall he returned to the U and has been rowing ever since. Blake rowed with MRC in 2016 and plans to continue rowing with MRC while coaching.

Blake has been coaching at MRC since 2015.



Rhiannon Williams - Learn to Row, Rowing Adventure, Private Lessons

Rhiannon WilliamsRhiannon began rowing at the Minneapolis Rowing Club (MRC) as a novice, ten years ago. Over the past five years she has taught learn to row at MRC, coached Macalester College novice rowing, as well as a few other MRC programs.  Rhiannon has coached a variety of ages, athletic abilities, and fitness levels. She is "in love with the sport and everything that goes along with it". As a coach she wants to teach rowing technique, and also convey a love of the sport and the Mississippi River.



 


 



 



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