MEET THE COACHES
Our tremendous staff, and their contact information.
After growing up in Alaska, Alex first found rowing at Purdue University where he rowed sweep in both 8+ and 4+ boats. Several years later while living in Austin he discovered sculling in a recreational masters program as a complement to running. Alex then took a 20-year hiatus from active rowing to focus on a career in tech industry product management and team leadership. During this time, many hours were spent training for endurance cycling events and intermittently racing sailboats and spending time as a sailing instructor. After retiring from the tech industry, Alex reconnected with rowing at Purdue and rekindled an interest in developing teams which led him to PRC. Alex is a USRowing Level 2 Certified Coach. When not at the boathouse, you can find him in his woodshop designing and building furniture, sailing, and cycling.
Before coming to Pocock Rowing Center, Ann coached competitive adult sculling at Green Lake Small Craft Center. When not coaching at PRC, Ann can be found selling books at the University Book Store and working on renovating her 116 year old house in the Woodland Park area.
Charlie moved to Seattle from his home state of Massachusetts in 2019 and began coaching at Pocock shortly after. He rowed competitively for eight years, first in high school and then as a member of the MIT heavyweights. He still rows, just less competitively. As a member of the junior coaching staff, Charlie works mostly with developing athletes. When not at the boathouse, you can find him hiking around the PNW, cooking at home, and taking pictures of his dog.
Adult and Youth Coach
Chasen began coaching in 2006, and has coached youth, collegiate, masters and competitive CrossFit teams. Chasen has also taught Erg Ed programs and indoor ergometer "spin" classes. Chasen is an experienced sculler and sweep rower, with additional experience in open-water rowing. He currently rows with the competitive men's team. Chasen's other professional interests include technical writing and editing, legal policy research and drafting, non-profit management and grant writing as well as creative copywriting and content management. He has a JD from Willamette U School of Law as well as a degree from the London School of Finance.
Derek first rowed as a junior at Sammamish Rowing Association in Redmond, WA. After rowing for a year at the University of Washington, Derek started his coaching career working with both Masters and high school athletes back at SRA. From there, Derek moved to the Assistant Coach position at Seattle Rowing Center, until moving with the organization to Santa Barbara County in California to help start up the new Mission Rowing Systems team on Lake Cachuma. Derek is now back in Seattle at Pocock, working as one of the Youth Coaches as well as the Facility and Equipment Coordinator for the boathouse.
Derek de Leuw
Youth and Adult Coach
Eleanna was introduced to rowing in 2017 at the University of Washington and has continued rowing in Seattle, and came to PRC in 2019. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelors of Science in Anthropology, and continues to work at UW as a part of a biomechanics lab studying injury prevention and athletic performance. She is passionate about introducing athletes to the sport and keeping access available to a wide array of people. Some of Eleanna’s other interests include hiking, climbing, and drawing.
Hannah started rowing in the Philadelphia area in 2010 and rowed throughout high school and for four years at Wellesley College. She began coaching youth squads in 2017 at Chicago Training Center, with an emphasis on sports-based youth development and making rowing a more accessible opportunity for students across Chicago. Hannah also works as a Speech-Language Pathologist and is a PhD student in Speech & Hearing Sciences at UW. When she’s not thinking about language development and making up new words, she enjoys cooking, biking, and finding ways to annoy her cats.
Youth Head Coach
Helen entered the rowing world in 2003 at Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center where she competed as a junior athlete for five years. Her time on Lake Washington continued when she attended the University of Washington, competing for the Huskies from 2008 until 2012. After completing her Bachelor's degree in Linguistics, Helen continued with UW to earn her Masters in Education in the Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership Program. Helen spent that year as an assistant coach with Seattle University's inaugural varsity women's rowing team.
Helen left Seattle to continue serving in the collegiate coaching ranks at the University of Dayton and Michigan State University. In 2016, she decided to return to Seattle and began as the head coach of the Mt. Baker varsity women. In 2017 Helen added the position of Director of Rowing at Mt. Baker, serving as the first in that position.
When she is not at the boathouse, Helen enjoys spending time with friends in the great PNW outdoors, experimenting in the kitchen, and playing with her dog Finn.
Holly coaches with the PRC adult sculling classes, and has previously coached Middle School Team, Competitive Scullers and Adult Beginning Rowing classes. She coached youth athletes at NorCal Crew in Redwood City. Holly began rowing at Bryn Mawr College. After graduation, she coached coached and trained at Norcal Crew and Marin Rowing Association. Holly rows with the PRC Women and trains independently as a competitive single sculler. Holly is pursuing her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. She is a member of the Scalable Printed Electronics and Energy Devices group and her research is focused on printed optoelectronic nanomaterials. Holly is a recreational skier and enjoys cooking, playing frisbee, and doing artistic craft projects.
Coach Jake Brisson comes to the Pocock Rowing Center from South Kitsap High School Rowing. He previously rowed at Washington State University as a lightweight, winning the ACRA National Championship in 2013 and the WIRA Conference Championships in 2013, 2014, and 2015. In his time off, Coach Jake enjoys snowboarding, skiing, playing with his dog Eevee, and playing DnD with his friends from college.
Originally from the Philadelphia area, he rowed for four years in high school and for four years as a Lightweight at the University of Delaware (Class of ’13), where he also served as Treasurer and President of the club program. He coached summer Junior development programs while in college and started and served as head coach of the Great Valley High School crew team after graduating before relocating to Seattle. An engineer by training, you may find him spending his non-coaching time at Boeing or fiddling with various pet-projects.
Ancient Mariners Rowing Club Coach
Jeny has been coaching in the Seattle area since 2006, from adult learn to row to competitive junior squads. She is currently the head coach of the Ancient Mariners, a competitive masters men's club within the Pocock community. Jeny began rowing at Purdue University but truly fell in love with the sport after moving to Seattle. She rowed with the masters women at Lake Washington Rowing Club for many years before taking a short hiatus to race bicycles. She came back to rowing and coaching with PRC in 2015 and has found a home here with both the PRC Women and the Single Ladies Rowing Club. Jeny is currently working on her yoga teacher certification. Jeny has masters degrees in both Mechanical and Systems Engineering and by day manages a set of Environmental Laboratories at Boeing. She also spends copious amounts of time throwing the tennis ball for her dog, Hippo, cooking, and scheming how the next generation of young women will save the world.
Master's Sculling Team Coach
Karen has coached scullers of multiple age and skill levels for the past 6 years at PRC. Karen learned to scull at PRC and was coached by High Performance Team coaches through the years, including Emil Kossev, Julie McCleery, Carlos Dinares, and Steve Dani. Karen integrates elements from each of these coaches with her backgrounds in science, Pilates, and strength training.
Kevin Fujii followed a different path. He is a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist who specialized in sports photography. At the 2004 Athens Olympics, Fujii photographed the US men's 8+ break their 40-year drought for Olympic gold. His passion for rowing was indelibly cast. He took up rowing as a master and competed in numerous races around the country including the Opening Day Regatta, San Diego Crew Classic and the Head of the Charles. A brief stint in Texas led him to coach Texas Christian University's Crew where he earned the USRowing Level II certification. Back in Seattle, Fujii loves coaching the Adult Beginning Rowing class. He hopes to ignite the same enthusiasm in newcomers. When he's not coaching or rowing, you can find him facing forward: playing, guiding and teaching kayaking, SUP, mountain biking, rock climbing, mountaineering, backpacking and snowshoeing. During the winter, he teaches downhill skiing. Fujii and his wife Renee live in West Seattle with their two East Texas rescue dogs Bruno and Monty.
Adult and Youth Coach
Magda began her rowing career as a competitive sculler on the east coast. Inspired by a persistent coach and conscientious community, Magda strives to create inclusive spaces in which everyone is challenged to bring their best. Her other interests include writing, science, and agriculture; she hopes in time to fuse these elements into a meaningful change-oriented profession. On a given day you might find her in a boat, on a bike, at the farmer’s market, or out climbing the Pacific Mountain Ranges.
Adult Coach, Beginning Rowing Coordinator
Margaret has been a coach with PRC since 1996. She rowed competitive sweep in college and as a master and then added sculling to her repertoire, and now coaches masters sculling exclusively. She is also a referee, and developed a rowing and sport jewelry business called Whirling Girl, and still races occasionally for fun. You will see her at most regattas in the Pacific Northwest.
As a Seattle native, Monica discovered her love of rowing as a junior athlete at Pocock. She then continued on to row all four years at Georgetown University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science with double majors in Marketing and Management. When she’s not coaching or rowing with the competitive women’s team, she likes to travel the PNW and beyond, taking selfie timer photos along the way.
Youth Coach and Strength Trainer
Rob has been a full time trainer and strength coach for the past 13 years. Inspired by his collegiate rowing coach he earned a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland. Early on in his training career a severe lower back injury forced Rob to reevaluate his own training regimen. He quickly began incorporating injury prevention and rehabilitative concepts into his strength workouts. Rob believes strength training helps maximizes performance and increases longevity in the sport. When Rob is not at Pocock he enjoys running, skiing, traveling, and cooking.
Warren currently works with our adult sculling and sweep programs, with additional experience coaching our youth program. Warren began rowing the Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Club. He rowed at Gonzaga University throughout college and won a bronze medal at the CRASH B Indoor World Championships. Warren competed for the Pocock High Performance Team winning two National Championships in the Lt. Men's 1x.
Head Novice Team Coach
Zoe's previous coaching experience includes the Up2Us / Coach Across America program in addition to a year as an Intern Coach with the University of Washington. Zoe is in her 4th year as our novice women's coach. A four-year athlete, Zoe began rowing as a walk-on at the University of Washington. Zoe earned a B.A. in Psychology, a B.F.A. in Photomedia, and a minor in Art History.