Program Director and Varsity Head Coach
Joe began rowing as a junior in high school and quickly moved up to the top Novice boat. Senior year he took a bronze at Southwest Regionals in Oakland Strokes’ V8+. Joe rowed all four years at Oregon State, and placed in the top 10 at the IRA (Intercollegiate Rowing Association) National Championships three times, including two grand final appearances.
Joe has coached at Oakland Strokes, Cathedral Catholic High School (San Diego) and the San Diego Rowing Club under 2-time Olympic gold medalist Susan Francia. When not working out or coaching, Joe enjoys spending his free time on the closest golf course.
Head Coach, Novice Women
Lily started rowing in 2010 as a freshman in high school for the Humboldt Bay Rowing Association. She spent most of her practices in a 2x or 1x, training hard to qualify for nationals. In her senior year she was elected team captain. That year she earned third place at regionals in the 1x which qualified her for nationals where she placed top 10 in the nation.
Lily rowed at Cal her freshman year and still races when she can. Prior to coaching, she restored rowing shells and antique oars, which is still something she loves. In her spare time she cycles, mountain bikes, backpacks, fishes, and of course, ergs.
Middle School Head Coach
Sophia is a student at UC Berkeley studying English with a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies. Growing up in Alameda, she rowed with Artemis Rowing Club all four years of high school. As part of the team, she participated in races such as the Head of the Charles in Boston and Long Beach Invitationals.
Outside of rowing, she is an avid ballet, swing, and salsa dancer, as well a singer and songwriter. Sophia adores the technique and nuances of rowing and aims to pass on these lessons to young athletes while emphasizing the worth of teamwork and sportsmanship.
Rudi started rowing with Artemis Rowing club recreationally as a middle schooler back when the team was still named Oakland Youth Rowing. Being the smallest person on the team, Rudi started coxing for the mens varsity in 8th grade and eventually started competing in lightweight events. By senior year Rudi was Varsity team captain and represented Artemis in the single at US Rowing Youth Nationals in Sarasota Florida.
Currently Rudi is studying Architecture at the University of California Berkeley. When not studying or working out, Rudi can be found spending time outdoors, playing guitar or eating.
Middle School Assistant Coach
Rosemary is a high school senior at Oakland Tech, and she is super excited to work with middle schoolers for her second year in a row! After rowing for five years at Oakland Strokes, Rosemary moved on to coaching after the development of a chronic injury. She is the third generation of rowers in her family, growing up around boathouses and developing a love for rowing early on.
Joe Wainwright was one of Rosemary’s coaches in middle school, and she is thrilled to come full circle and work with kids that are the same age as she was when she started rowing.