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Coaching Staff

Top youth, collegiate and Olympic coaches

Top Coaches

The country’s best coaches developing your athlete

Among the top coaches in the country, your athlete will be working directly with former national team coaches, top collegiate programs as well as the the very best youth coaches in the country. The experience of these coaches span ten Olympic games and countless World Rowing and National Championships, which is all to say that top talent will be coaching ODP athletes.  They know how to develop talent, and they know how to win. 

Please find below a listing of the camp staff and support as well as links to our very special mentor and regional camp coaches.

Key Staff & support

Chris Chase

USRowing Dir. of Youth Rowing
Chris Chase started coaching in 1996 when he founded the Saratoga Rowing Association, while teaching social studies at the local high school. The club grew into one...click for more


ODP Camp Director
Matt Grau is the head coach of youth rowing at Three Rivers Rowing Association in Pittsburgh, PA. He has previously coached at Wilson High School and Steel City…click for more

Sarah Low

Assistant Camp Director
Sarah Low is the Executive Director and Head Women’s Coach for Atlanta Junior Rowing Association, a nationally competitive high school program in Roswell, Georgia. She has worked …click for more

Sarah Tinsley Gehrke

ODP High Performance Women
After her four years of high school club rowing (2002-2006) & letter-winning career as a recruited collegiate athlete at Indiana University in Bloomington…click for more

walker ferris

Assistant Coach 
Walker Ferris is the head coach and director of rowing at his alma mater, the University of Georgia. Now in its fourth year under his leadership, the men’s program at UGA has returned to competitiveness…click for more

Mike Gennaro

ODP High Performance Women
Mike Gennaro, a decorated international and collegiate rowing star, is currently the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Yale heavyweight men’s rowing teamclick for more

Ariel Handler

Coxswain Curriculum Coordinator
Ariel Handler is in her second year as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Northeastern Women’s rowing. For the four years prior, she served as an assistant varsity girls coach…click for more

Ashley Pryor

Land Coach
Ashley L. Pryor is the CEO/Founder of Relentless Rowing Academy, the Director of Operations for Ohio State Women’s Rowing (third season), and owns a gym, Relentless Fit Factory…click for more

Serra Sevenler

Coastal Rowing Coach 
Serra Sevenler is currently an assistant women’s rowing coach at Columbia University. Previously she coached at the University at Buffalo, University of Rochester, and the Rochester Institute…click for more

Garrison Smith

Guest Coach 
Garrison recently joined the Baylor School as the director of rowing and head boys’ coach. He began his rowing career as a walk-on at Yale University, where he also played hockey for two years.click for more

Marina Traub

Yoga Instructor & Coach 
Marina rowed at The Kent School (‘96) and The University of Virginia (‘00). She coached women’s collegiate rowing at Cal, Wisconsin, Trinity, Alabama, and Oklahoma, leading athletes to wins at NCAAsclick for more

Tim Ulsaker

U20 High Performnce Men

Coach Ulsaker began his passion for rowing with Washington-Lee crew in 1969. After serving in the U.S. Navy in the Far East, he returned to teach high school auto mechanics at Mathews High Schoolclick for more

Sophia Vitas

ODP High Performance Women 

Sophia began her rowing career as a walk-on her junior year of college at the University of Wisconsin graduating with a degree in nutrition in 2016. She began her National Team career at theclick for more

Matt Fluhr

ODP High Performance Men

Matt Fluhr is in his second year as an assistant coach with the United States Naval Academy Men’s Heavyweight Rowing Program. Matt started his rowing career in high school rowing for Christchurch click for more

Briana Pittman

ODP High Performance Women

Briana Pittman is in her first season at Dartmouth College. Prior to Dartmouth, Pittman was working in the cycling industry in Boulder, CO. Her coaching career includes the University of Miami and Bucknellclick for more

Joe Dowd

U20 High Performance Men

Joe Dowd has been coaching rowing since 1984 at the high school, collegiate, club, and international level, in Canada and the United States. He was head of Men’s Rowing at the University of.click for more

Kendall Schmidt

U20 High Performance Women

Finishing her fourth season as assistant coach for the Duke Women’s Rowing program, Kendall Schmidt has helped the Blue Devils achieve record-breaking.click for more



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