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mike knapp

head men's coach

 

 


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Coach Mike is entering his 7th year at Pacific Rowing Club and absolutely loves coaching the varsity men.  Coach Mike’s passion for the sport developed at Dartmouth College, where he rowed for four years, and spent his final three seasons in the Varsity 8+.  Originally from Boston, he was recruited to row at Dartmouth College, where he was named the most improved rower as a junior and the best overall contributor to the team as a senior. The intense competitiveness he learned in the Eastern Sprints league has transferred nicely to west coast junior rowing, as Coach Mike has helped lead the Pacific Varsity Men to much success. Mike moved to the Bay Area after Dartmouth to work for Facebook, but eventually discovered his love/a passion for/the joy of working with High School students, and earned a Master's in Education from USC.  He is currently an English teacher at Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep in San Francisco.  In his free time, you can find him on the beaches of Pacifica chasing after his Golden Retriever, Ishmael

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Emmie Koenig

head WOmen's coach

 

 


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A native of San Francisco, Coach Emmie has dedicated herself to the sport of rowing for over 15 years, distinguishing herself as a highly respected and accomplished junior and collegiate oarswoman, varsity women’s coach, and boathouse manager. Coach Emmie rowed for the PRC varsity women’s team as a youth and was recruited to the renowned UC Berkeley collegiate rowing team, where she was able to transfer her success as a PRC rower to a national championship for the Bears.  She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2009 with a degree in Environmental Geography. Coach Emmie returned to PRC as a coach and has created a solid foundation for the varsity women’s program to develop and grow. As the boathouse manager, Coach Emmie has spent countless hours repairing and maintaining our fleet of racing shells. Following her family tradition, she also works as a realtor for Zephyr Real estate group in San Francisco. Coach Emmie is committed to encouraging the development of young women through rowing and is looking forward to helping the PRC women go fast this year!

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Julian Stephanski

assistant men's coach

 


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Coach Julian is a native San Franciscan and a Pacific Alum.  Julian began rowing in the fall of 2004 at PRC while attending Drew High School in SF. He rowed 3 seasons at Pacific and finished his senior year with a Youth National Championship in the Men's 8+. Julian was recruited to row at Gonzaga University following high school, and competed four years with the team. During his time there the program experienced great success, finishing at the IRA national championships in three out of his four years. Since graduation, Julian has coached both the novice Men's and Women's programs. He has worked with almost every rower currently at PRC, and takes great pride in seeing the club's progress. This will be his second season coaching the Novice Women. He hopes he hopes to follow up last year's performance of one gold, one silver and one bronze medal at the regional championships, as well as the Joe Mees Trophy for the Women's Freshmen eight.

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Rich Wendling

novice women's coach

 

 


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Coach Rich has been actively engaged in rowing 20 years and has distinguished himself as a collegiate athlete, collegiate head coach, and dedicated advocate for young rowers in middle school and high school club programs. Coach Rich comes to PRC most recently from the Oakland Strokes where he coached the Novice Men the last 2 seasons,coordinated their Middle School rowing program  and coached the Varsity for 2 years. Coach Rich graduated from Saint Mary's College in 1989 with degrees in Economics and Business. He was a member of their lightweight rowing team for three years and then went on to serve as head coach of their women’s team and  first founder of their middle school and High School Summer camps. He later was the Head Coach for the UC Berkeley Women's Lightweight rowing team with much success, winning WIRA's, the Dad Vail Regatta and consistently one of the top ten lightweight teams in the country during his tenure.

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Joe Mees

general manager

 

 


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Co-founder of Pacific Rowing Club, Joe has been coaching junior rowing since 1972, first for St. Joseph High School, then Oakland Strokes and lastly at Pacific Rowing Club from 1980 until the present. He has coached boys and girls, novice and varsity, and has served as boathouse manager and head coach. Since 2002 he has been a member of the PRC board of directors, currently acting as treasurer. Additionally, Joe serves as General Manager, running the business of PRC and mentoring our coaches and rowers.

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Kate Girlich

assistant WOmen's coach

 


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Born and raised in San Francisco, Coach Kate was a distinguished coxswain at Saint Ignatius College Preparatory, leading her boat into the grand finals at the Southwest Youth Championships three consecutive years. She graduated summa cum laude from Santa Clara University in 2015 where she assisted with the men’s rowing team and witnessed its transformation into a championship program with successful WIRA and IRA appearances. Enthusiastic about sports education, Coach Kate has a strong background in mentoring and coaching, as she was the coordinator of a youth athletics camp at Santa Clara University and the freshman girls' rowing coach at Saint Ignatius. Along with her knowledge of rowing and coxing, Coach Kate also brings to Pacific her talents in recruiting, fundraising, and tutoring students in academics. Her brother Stephen rowed three years at Pacific with Coach Julian, and she credits her early experiences of cheering them on at regattas with developing her passion for the sport.

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Catherine Hicks

novice men's coach

 

 


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Coach Catherine has come to PRC from New York where she first made her mark on the rowing community as a talented coxswain for the New York University rowing club. After graduating from NYU in 2013 with a degree in Social Justice and International Development, Coach Catherine served as assistant novice coach at Row New York where she recruited and trained novice high school rowers from New York City and helped several novice crews to successful seasons. Coach Catherine also has a rich background in supporting youth-oriented non-profit communities, as evident in her work tutoring and mentoring young athletes, coaching adaptive rowing for students with cognitive disabilities, and working in summer academies for refugee youth as they adapted to the English language and living in America. Coach Catherine brings energy, ambition, and focus to the PRC program.

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mike knapp

head men's coach

 

EMMIE KOENIG

head women's coach

 

Julian Stephanski

assistant men's coach

 

 

kate girlich

assistant women's coach

 

Rich Wendling

novice women's coach

 

 

Catherine Hicks

novice men's coach

 

joe mees

head men's coach