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Vicki Larson - Lead Coach and Junior Team, Private Lessons

Rachel Beise - Junior Team

Caitlin Boon - Learn to Row, Rowing Adventure

Sam Christman - Men's Team, Learn to Row, Rowing Adventure, Private Lessons

John Davis - Men’s Team, Private Lessons
Julia Eckert - Women's Comp Team, Rowing Adventure
Patty Hansen - Women's Comp Team, Private Lessons

Philip Johnson - Junior Team, Green Team, Learn to Row, Private Lessons

Peter Morgan - Women’s Comp Team, Men’s Team, Private Lessons

Andrew Morrow - Sub for Women's Comp Team

Michael Nicholls - Novice Team

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

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

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!

Caitlin Boon - Learn to Row, Rowing Adventure

Caitlin BoonCaitlin began her rowing career in 2008 at the University of Minnesota. She competed as a Gopher for four years, and during that time she spent a summer interning with the National Team Program at USRowing in Princton, NJ. Caitlin continued rowing after college at MRC, and has coached at various clubs in the Twin Cities including MRC, Long Lake Rowing Crew, the University of St. Thomas, and volunteer coaching with the University of Minnesota Novice Women's team. When not coaching Caitlin works as an administrative assistant in the Athletic Department at the University of Minnesota and as a Part-Time Field Staff member with Athletes in Action.

Sam Christman - Men's Team, Learn to Row, Rowing Adventure, Private Lessons

Sam was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri but has since spent time living, working, and playing in locations ranging from the UP of Michigan to Colorado and Alaska. He now calls Minneapolis home. Sam got his start rowing in high school with the St. Louis Rowing Club and continued his career as a rower at the University of Puget Sound. After graduating from UPS, he stayed on for two years to coach the novice men's squad before heading to Denver to work full time as a teacher and coach juniors at the Mile High Rowing Club.

As both a rower and coach, Sam believes strongly in the transformative power of rowing as a team sport and that above all people should be having fun on the water. He's excited to share his years of rowing and teaching experience with rowers at MRC, both those new to the sport as well as the veteran athletes.

His hobbies are skijoring, building, and paddle sports such as canoeing and ping pong.

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.”

Julia Eckert - Women's Comp Team, Rowing Adventure

Julia EckertOriginally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Julia was introduced to the sport of rowing as a freshman at the University of Minnesota.  She spent three years coxing for the UMN Men's Crew team, leading her boats to notable finishes, including a heavyweight four national title at the ACRA regatta in 2012.  For her final year of college, Julia rowed as a D1 novice rower for the UMN Women's rowing team for the 2013-2014 season.  She then attempted to take hiatus from the sport but was pulled back for some guest coxing for the Corvallis Crew at the Head of the Charles and MRC at the NWIRA regatta.  Julia joined the UMN Men's crew team as an assistant coach for the 2016-2017 season, helping to lead the novice team to a solid 5th place finish at the ACRA regatta.  She will be moving to Baltimore in the fall to attend graduate school at the Johns Hopkins University but the Mississippi will always be her favorite place to coach.


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.

Philip Johnson - Junior Team, Green Team, Learn to Row, Private Lessons

Philip JohnsonPhilip started rowing as a junior in the Fall of 2008 at the Austin Rowing Club in Austin, TX. From Austin Philip moved to Minneapolis to attend the University of Minnesota, studying Plant Biology. At Minnesota he rowed with the Men’s Crew team, competing in major regattas across the US. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 2016. Philip completed the USRowing Level II coaching education class in 2015, and started coaching with the MRC Juniors that fall. He has previously coached learn to row classes for Juniors and Masters at the Austin Rowing Club. Outside of rowing, Philip loves reading (especially about science and design) and running. He will be moving to Chicago in the fall to attend graduate school at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Peter Morgan - Women's Comp Team, Men's 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.


Andrew Morrow - Sub for Women's Comp Team

Andrew MorrowAndrew began rowing in high school, continued in college, and rowed on several US national teams during that time. He began coaching in the summer of 1992 at the Norwalk River Rowing Club after competing in the US Olympic team trials. Since then, Andrew has coached the Varsity Women's Rowing Club at UCLA for three years, the Freshman Heavyweight Men at Columbia University in New York City for three years, and at MRC on and off since 1999. Andrew was a co-founder of the Twin Cities Youth Rowing Club where his daughters currently row. His favorite rowing solution is to “Pull harder".

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.

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.

Blake Wagoner - Green Team, Novice 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 2106 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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