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MEET THE COACHES

Our tremendous staff, and their contact information.

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ALEX MANN

Varsity Girls Head Coach

Andrea Buch's coaching experience includes competitive and recreational masters, high performance juniors, the USRowing Women’s Junior National Team, and Division I women.  


As an athlete, she competed for Lyme-Old Lyme High School and Blood St. Sculls in Connecticut, and was part of the first recruited class at the University of Kansas.


Outside of coaching, Andrea works for Pocock Racing Shells in Everett as the Director of Customer Relationships and Education.  When she is not at the boathouse, she can often be found on a yoga mat, doing a Crossfit workout, or hiking in the beautiful PNW.

ANN GEIER

Adult Sculling Coach

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.

ANDREA BUCH

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BEN HAGEN

Assistant Varsity Girls Coach

Ben coaches with the Junior team at PRC, is the Regatta Coordinator for Masters and Junior Teams, and also assists with the facility and equipment operations of the Pocock Rowing Center.   

 

Before joining the Pocock Rowing Center, Ben coached at Commencement Bay Rowing Club and the University of Puget Sound.

 

Ben, from Torrance, California, attended the University of Puget Sound. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and was a four-year rower. 

 

Outside rowing, Ben has a passion for all things music. He is a Co-Founder of an independent music program that operates in Western Washington, and is responsible for their operations and stability. 

CHASEN CUNITZ

Adult Coach, 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.

COREE NASLUND

Masters Competitive Sweep

Head Coach

Coree's coaching background includes NCAA DI and DIII women’s rowing, as well as competitive youth and masters. In 2017, Coree attended the World Rowing Championship, coaching the Austrian Para Rowing 3 Mixed 2x. She co-chaired the Para Advisory Committee for the Head of the Charles and coached the High Performance Para Rowing Team at Community Rowing, Inc.

 

Prior to living in Boston, she completed her M.S. in Exercise and Sport Studies at Smith College. Originally from University Place, Coree started her rowing career at Commencement Bay Rowing Club, continuing to cox at WWU, winning the the NCAA Championships in 2006.

 

Coree is excited to be back in the PNW and looks forward to getting out doors to explore and play with her dog, Millie. She also loves to cook and is looking forward to all the good eats and drinks around Seattle.

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HANNAH GORMAN

Middle School Rowing Coach

Hannah coaches with the PRC Middle School Team. Before coming to Pocock, Hannah was the assistant coach at The Gunnery School in Connecticut. 

 

Hannah was a four year-rower and senior captain at Amherst College. She has since competed for Litchfield Hills Rowing Club and currently rows with the PRC Women's Team. 

 

Hannah works as an 8th and 9th-grade health teacher at Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences. When not on the water or at school, Hannah can be found snuggling with her Newfoundland, Samson, cooking, or communing with nature in her homeland of New Hampshire. 

HOLLY BRUNNER

Rowing and Sculling Coach

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.

JAMES BUCKMANN

Novice Boys Coach

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.

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MARGARET CHRISTOPHER

Adult Sculling 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.

RON LORENTSEN

Adult Learn to Row and Sculling Coach

Ron started rowing around 2014 coming up through the learn to row programs at Pocock Rowing Center.  Currently Ron rows with the Masters Sculling Team several times a week and competes in regattas throughout the year both locally and abroad.  Ron is an experienced sculler with additional interests in open-water rowing.  Prior to coaching at Pocock, Ron coached Adult Beginning Rowing at Lake Washington Rowing Club for several years.  When not rowing, you can find Ron cracking a cold one and enjoying the view on the roof of his houseboat on Lake Union.

JOSH GELLERT, PT, DPT, SCS

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Joshua Gellert, PT, DPT, SCS, is a board certified physical therapist specializing in sports medicine.​  He works with the Youth Rowing teams to improve strength performance, prevent injuries, and help each athlete achieve their best level of athletic achievement. 

 

Josh rowed in high school and college. He continues to row with the Men’s Competitive Sweep Team at PRC. Josh currently works at the University of Washington Sports Medicine Center.

Outside the boathouse, you can find Josh outdoors with his wife and young son. He is an avid traveler and enjoys exploring the infinite variety of foods and cultures of Seattle.

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TIFFANY KNAPP

Adult Rowing Coach

Tiffany began rowing 25 years ago as a junior and continued as a collegiate, open, and masters rower. In 2000, she started coaching juniors and became involved in regatta organization and boathouse administration. Since then, she has coached competitive and recreational juniors and adults in both the Southwest and Northwest.

 

Tiffany is a USRowing Referee and FISA Umpire, and spends 20+ days/year officiating regattas in the USA and internationally.

WARREN NORTH

Adult Rowing Coach

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. 

 

Warren is also the head coach for the new Inglemoor High School program.

Novice Girls 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.  She also works for the George Pocock Rowing Foundation as our Communications Specialist. 

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JOSH GELLERT, PT, DPT, SCS

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Joshua Gellert, PT, DPT, SCS, is a board certified physical therapist specializing in sports medicine.​  He works with the Youth Rowing teams to improve strength performance, prevent injuries, and help each athlete achieve their best level of athletic achievement. 

 

Josh rowed in high school and college. He continues to row with the Men’s Competitive Sweep Team at PRC. Josh currently works at the University of Washington Sports Medicine Center.

Outside the boathouse, you can find Josh outdoors with his wife and young son. He is an avid traveler and enjoys exploring the infinite variety of foods and cultures of Seattle.

KAREN SOMMER

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

Adult Learn to Row and Masters Coach

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.

JENY POTTER

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.

Katie Chicojay

Junior Recreational and Mixed Masters Coach

Katie began rowing in high school at Arlington-Belmont Crew Club outside of Boston. She went on to row Division III at Colby College where she graduated in 2016 with a degree in environmental science. During and after college Katie returned to Arlington-Belmont Crew to coach learn-to-row and assist with the novice girls team. 

A recent transplant to Seattle, Katie is pursuing a Masters of Marine Affairs degree at the University of Washington. You can find her in the library studying, at home cooking, or outside exploring the beautiful PNW.