The 2013 Coach-Con class was a great mix of coaches from both large and small programs, representing every region of the country. Additionally, we had coaches who started their rowing careers in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. This diversity helped foster lots of engaging dialogue with many different perspectives.
Steve Baranoski, Wesleyan Men
Steve Baranoski is finishing his first year coaching the men at Wesleyan. He was the women’s assistant coach for the 2012 season. Steve rowed at Marietta, medaling at the Dad Vail, and SIRA regattas. He also has coached at the Middletown Park and Recreation rowing camp, working with both the youth and masters programs.
Anna Cohen, St. Mary’s College Women
Anna Cohen has spent the past four years at St. Mary’s College. Prior to that, she had stints at the University of Miami, Sonoma State University, and the North Bay and Annapolis club programs.
Anna started rowing at the University of California, Santa Barbara, then transferred to the University of Miami for her sophomore-senior years. She has a master’s degree in Sport Administration, and was the 2011 CRCA Assistant Coach of the Year (west).
Emma Gresson, University of Oklahoma Women
Emma Gresson just finished her third season at the University of Oklahoma. Prior to moving to Oklahoma, she spent a year working with the Orlando Area Rowing Society (OARS) junior girls and masters mens programs. After rowing in high school in New Zealand, Emma moved to the States to row for the University of Central Florida.
James Harding, Lehigh Freshman
James Harding spent the past three years at Lehigh. Prior to that, he was the Rowing Headmaster at Redlands School in Sydney, Australia, and was the Trans-Tasman Tour Manager for Team Australia. He also has coaching experience with the Presbyterian women (Croydon, New South Wales), Sydney University and the Sydney Rowing Club. James spent his undergrad rowing career at the University of Sydney.
Denise Julian, Drexel Women
Denise has been coaching at Drexel for the past three years. Prior to that, she spent two years at her alma mater, Lehigh, as the women’s varsity assistant. She’s also spent time coaching the novice women at Rutgers. In addition to her college rowing career at Lehigh, Denise spent her summers in the pre-elite program at Vesper Boat Club. She has a masters degree in sports management from Drexel.
Brianna Kearns, St. Joe’s University Women
Brianna Kearns just wrapped up her third year coaching at her alma mater, St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. After graduating, she spent two seasons at Philadelphia University, as part of the coaching staff that started the program and elevated it to varsity. She then moved to Barry University where she spent two years.
Prior to her college rowing career, Brianna rowed for Mainland Regional High School in New Jersey. She also has a Masters in Movement Science with a concentration in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Barry University.
Jennifer Langzettel, Duquesne Women
Jenn Langzettel has over ten years coaching experience, the most recent six with the women at Duquesne University. Prior to that, she spent four years coaching the Fox Chapel High School novice women (Pittsburgh, PA).
Jenn rowed at Franklin Pierce College, and also has a Master’s degree in secondary education.
Natasa Ostopovich, University of Tulsa Women
Natasa just finished her first year at the University of Tulsa. As an undergrad at the Washington State University, she made three trips to the NCAA DI rowing championships. As a high school student, she rowed at KCVI in Ontario, Canada.
Jennifer Park, Seattle University Women
Jenny spent the beginning of this past year as the assistant at Seattle U, and was elevated to Interim Head Coach in February. Prior to Seattle U, she was part of the freshman women’s coaching staff at the University of Washington.
As an undergrad at the University of Washington, she competed in the NCAA DI women’s championships four times, and spent two summers training with the U23 team. After graduating, she spent two years training in Princeton with the US Senior National Team. She also has experience coaching both masters and juniors in Princeton and Seattle.
Marci Robles, Gonzaga Women
Marci has been at Gonzaga for the past two years, after spending two years at Gonzaga University. Prior to Georgetown, Marci coached at Community Rowing Inc. in Boston, and National Cathedral HS in D.C.
As an undergrad at Boston College, Marci was a coxswain for the men’s lightweight team. She also has been a member of the Thompson’s Boat Club and Riverside teams.
Krystina Sarff, University of Florida Women
Krystina is finishing her second year as the novice coach at the University of Florida. While coaching, she also completed UF’s prestigious Strength and Conditioning intern program. Prior to her stint at UF, she was the grad assistant at UCF, and also coached at Hillsborough High School.
Krystina started rowing as a freshman at UF, and quickly transferred to the University of Central Florida where she raced in the NCAA DI rowing championships and was named an All-American three times. She competed and trained with the U.S. Senior National and U23 teams for four years, and also raced for Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia. She has a Master’s in Rhetoric and Composition, and is currently pursuing her PhD in Sports Management from UF.
Vanessa Tavalero, Cal Berkeley Women
Vanessa has almost ten years coaching experience, the last two of which have been with the Cal women. Prior to that, she was part the staff at: Washington, UC Davis, Sac State, and Capital Crew.
As an undergrad at the University of Washington, she was part of the team that won back-to-back team NCAA Championship titles in 1997 and 1998. She also spent two years on the Junior National Team prior to college.
Mark Voorhees, Gonzaga Men
Mark’s been coaching the Gonzaga men since the fall of 2010. Prior to that, he was one of the women’s assistants at Gonzaga for two seasons. He’s also been the head coach of the Spokane River Rowing Association since 2009.
Mark started rowing as a freshman at Gonzaga. After graduating, he spent three years training as part of Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia’s pre-elite and elite programs.