Meet Your Coaches

We are fortunate at EBRC to have a large and diverse staff of incredibly talented coaches. Some of our coaches have competed at the highest levels and on their national teams. Others have led or been part of growing rowing programs from scratch throughout the country.

Torie Dawson
Novice Head Coach
Torie is the Head Coach of the Novice Program, which is focused on teaching new rowers all aspects of the sport. She graduated from St. Mary's College in Moraga with a BS in Kinesiology and Psychology, along with rowing for four years as a varsity athlete (and captain) in the school's D1 womens rowing program. Torie is an incredible teacher and works with her rowers both one-on-one, and as a team, as they learn rowing technique, fitness, boat handling and even racing.  
Brian Marcais
Assistant Club Coach
Brian has been involved with competitive rowing since 1996, starting as a coxswain at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY, where he coxed for four years.  He has also trained and competed with Rochester Rowing Club (Rochester, NY), Riverside Boat Club (Boston, MA), Boulder Community Rowing (Boulder, CO), and -- since 2015 -- with EBRC's Competitive Men’s team. His coaching experience includes juniors and master’s crews on both sides of the country: Brighton Rowing Club and Rochester Rowing Club (Rochester NY), Boulder Community Rowing (Boulder CO), and Brian is now the Assistant Coach for the EBRC Club Team, as well as the Varsity Men’s Coach for Oakland Technical High School.
Sara Nevin
Coach Advisor, Learn to Row Coach
Sara Nevin started advising and part-time coaching EBRC in December 2013. She’s been instrumental in getting the EBRC Learn To Row programs running strong, sharing her love of rowing with those who’ve never seen the inside of a racing shell. Read More
Sara became head coach for the Mills Cyclones in 2011; before Mills, Sara spent 10 years as Assistant Coach for the Cal Golden Bears. At Cal, Nevin led the varsity 4 through an undefeated season to win NCAA championships in 2011. She also led the novice crew to multiple top finishes at the Pac-10 Championships. The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) acknowledged Nevin’s ability and success by naming her the 2008 CRCA Assistant Coach of the Year as well as the 2008 CRCA West Region Assistant Coach of the Year. Before coaching at UC Berkeley, Nevin served as the executive director and head coach at the Lake Lanier Rowing Club in Gainesville, Ga. During her five years in Georgia, Nevin coached all levels of rowers from beginners to U.S. national team members. In addition to her coaching, Nevin acted as the full-time boathouse and rowing club director, as well as Regatta Director for the NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships in 1998 and 2001. Before arriving at Lake Lanier, Nevin spent seven years coaching in Seattle, Washington. Between 1989–92, Nevin coached at the Seattle Training Center, coaching a group of elite and pre-elite rowers. Her stint culminated with all eight women earning spots on the 1992 Olympic team. From 1990–96, Nevin also coached the varsity boys rowing team at the Mount Baker Rowing Club. There, Nevin grew a program of 16 athletes to over 50 and won four USRowing Junior National Championships, including the school-boys’ eight in 1991 and 1993. Nevin earned a BA in political science with a minor in pre-medicine from the University of Washington in 1985. During her rowing career at UW, Nevin won three varsity 8 national championships between 1983–85 and was undefeated in U.S. collegiate competition. She was a member of the U.S. national team in 1985 and 1986.
Jovan Jovanovic
Women's Competitive Head Coach
Jovan rowed on Cal's freshman eight that came in second at the IRA National Championships and at the Pac-12 Championships, and also beat Stanford. He won a gold medal at the 2011 World Rowing U23 Championships in Men's Coxed fours and posted U23 world record. He repeated the success in 2012. He currently coaches the Women's Competitive team.
Colin Heneghan
Women’s Competitive Team Assistant Coach
Colin brings extensive experience to EBRC. A transplant from upstate New York, he rowed for four years as a member of Dartmouth's Lightweight Crew. He was a two-time member of the varsity crew in 2011 and 2012, where he medaled at Eastern Sprints, IRA, and was the most improved varsity lightweight oarsman in 2011. Colin's coaching experience includes the junior men's team and Adult Learn to Row program in Upstate New York, Texas Rowing Center and Texas Crew in Austin, Texas, and Los Gatos Rowing Club in Los Gatos, CA.
Patti Buck
Club Team Head Coach
Head Coach, Oakland Tech Rowing
A 2017 graduate of Tulane University, Patti has been rowing since 2010. Patti rowed for Lake Casitas Rowing Association in high school, where she served as the youngest team captain in the team's history. She then attended Tulane University where she was Tulane Rowing's boatswain for a year and then as the assistant coach senior year. A native of Ventura, CA, Patti also coaches the Oakland Technical High School novice girls' team and the Lake Merritt Rowing Club's youth program. Patti is excited to be back in California and working for a team as vibrant as EBRC.
Jess LaFrank
Assistant Coach, Womens Competition Program
Jess LaFrank began coaching in the fall of 2011 after graduating from Mills College. At Mills, Jess was a a four-year coxswain and an asset in maintaining cohesion within the team, as three different head coaches led the rowing program. Senior varsity coxswain for three of her four years, she was awarded the peer-elected Cyclone Award in 2008, 2010, and 2011 for exemplary effort, attitude, and actions in support of the team; she also received the Coaches Award in 2008. Read More
With a double major in poetry and psychology, Jess earned the Scholar-Athlete award each of her four years at Mills while enrolled full time, living off campus, and working various jobs to help pay for tuition and expenses. Before Mills, Jess did not participate in athletics; it was at Mills she found a love for sport, competition, and teamwork. As an alum, she enjoys working with students at Mills discover the ample opportunities there are to participate in athletics, and raising the competitive standard of Mills athletics has been, in a word, rewarding.
Maggie Simpson
Competitive Men's Head Coach
Maggie Simpson graduated UC Berkeley in May 2014 with an English degree and an emphasis in Math and Business. She rowed for the Bears and lettered all four years, winning NCAAs with the Varsity 8 in 2013. During her 5th year, Maggie threw the hammer for Cal's Track and Field team, lettered by scoring at the Big Meet, and was voted most inspirational athlete by her teammates. She also played bass in the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra.
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Board of Directors

Jule Zacher Women’s Competitive Team Representative

Jim Gotch At-Large Representative

Rhonda Nelson Membership Chair

Mike Hammerstedt Treasurer

Ann Strayer Oakland Tech Representative

Allen Demorest Oakland Tech Representative

Terri Ellis & Erin Griffith Fundraising

Don Asher Men’s Team Representative

Florencia Prada Communications Chair

Mary Lee Shalvoy Club Team Representative

Jolie Krakauer President