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Dan Bechard
Men's Head Coach, Western University (Canada) and Research Associate, Hudson Boatworks

Dan Bechard is currently the Men's Head Coach of the Western University Mustangs in London, Canada and concurrently also is a Research Associate within the Hudson Boatworks team with a focus on the intersection of biomechanics and technology.

His recent experience comes from his role as a Talent Development Centre coach with the Row to Podium program in Canada and prior to this, earning a Ph.D. specializing in biomechanics. He has completed the National Coaching Institute Advanced Diploma Program and is a Learning Facilitator for Rowing Canada Aviron’s coaching education program. He is in the process of completing the Canadian National Coaching Certification Program, Level 4.

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Sandra Chu
Head Coach, William Smith College

Sandra J. Chu has been the Head Coach of Women’s Rowing at William Smith College since September 2002. Under her direction, the team has placed as high as third in the Varsity Eight and fourth as a team at the NCAA Championships.  She has been named the ECAC and the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Coach of the Year as well as honored numerous times, along with her assistant, as the Liberty League Staff of the Year.  She is trained in DISC Analysis through Athlete’s Assessments, a leader in the industry. She is a graduate of the NCAA Women Coaches’ Academy and former member of the CRCA Board, the CRCA DIII Polling Committee, the NCAA Division III Rowing Championships Committee, and the NCAA Division III Regional Ranking Committee.

Prior to working at William Smith College, Sandra served as an assistant at Kansas State University and her undergraduate alma mater, Princeton University, where she received her AB in Psychology with a certificate in Creative Writing (poetry) in 1991.  She earned a master’s degree in English from New York University in 1996 where she was also a New York Times Fellow and a consultant for the PBS “Language of Life Poetry Series,” produced by Bill Moyers.

Sandra’s teaching experience spans all levels, elementary through Collegiate.  She has taught and coached at the Massachusetts Advanced Studies Program (Milton, MA), the BOCES Program at Terryville Elementary School (Port Jefferson Station, NY), Milton Academy (Milton, MA), the Bayard Rustin High School for the Humanities (New York, NY), the School for the Physical City (New York, NY), The Goldwater Hospital Writing Workshop (Roosevelt Island, NY), New York University (New York, NY), Princeton Day School (Princeton, NJ), Stuart Country Day School (Princeton, NJ), and has guest lectured at the Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY). Recently she had an article published in Coxing Magazine as well titled - A Coxswain By Any Other Name.



Will Congram
Boys Head Coach, Community Rowing, Inc.

Growing up in Concord, MA, Will learned to row watching his dad coach crews from the launch at Northeastern University throughout his youth. A Northeastern graduate himself, Will is in his fifth full year as head coach of the Competitive Boys Varsity squad. His team is built around the belief that: The process is the outcome.

The CRI Boys have had unprecedented success under Will’s direction. Highlights include winning the U19 4+ at Canadian Henley for four consecutive years and being fully 50% of the final of the U19 8+ in 2017 finishing 2nd, 4th, and 6th overall. He operates under a belief that a process-oriented approach considering each athlete’s long-term development leads to the best results, both on and off the water. Success above all else is meaured by the quality of the process.


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Principal, Donohoe Training

A world class athlete for 17 years, Peter competed in two Winter Olympic Games, three World Championships and on the international circuit as a track and field athlete.

Peter Donohoe brings a blend of strength, movement, activation and performance that’s unique in the training world. A skilled combination that has seen people of all abilities including Olympic athletes and dancers achieve effective and more sustainable results. With 'The Donohoe Method' Peter's clients, understand better functional movement, increased mobility and enhanced performance.

Today, Peter holds small group and private training at The Barn, coaching people of all abilities including: athletes, dancers, race car drivers, and clients looking for more effective and safer ways to get in great shape. He is also the Fitness & Conditioning Specialist for the Boston Ballet as well as providing specific training for junior and pre-elite rowers at CRI.

Peter has attained fitness certifications from NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) and ISSA (International Sport Sciences Association), is Nationally Certified as a race car instructor with the Porsche Club of America, and is currently a competitor on the men’s masters rowing team at CRI.

As an Olympian, Strength and Conditioning coach, Corrective exercise specialist and Pilates Instructor, Peter’s methodology is influencing the movement of Athletes from many sports. Rowers at Varsity, Elite and Master’s level, as they experience efficient and effective performance improvements. Dancers, Lacrosse, Track and Field Athletes, jumpers and Skiers are all experiencing strength improvements.


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Kristin Haraldsdottir
Exercise Physiology Researcher, University of Wisconsin

Kristin Haraldsdottir is working towards her Ph.D. in exercise physiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is exploring the relationship between autonomic function, injury and fitness in athletes.

As an athlete, she rowed for Princeton from 2004 to 2008, and sat 7-seat in the women's varsity 8 that won the NCAA Championship in 2006 and was a two time All-American and team captain her senior year. Returning to Princeton as an assistant coach for the rowing team in 2009, Kristin helped coach the Princeton women to three years of Ivy Championships and NCAA appearances.

Kristin left Princeton in 2012 for graduate school at Wisconsin out of a desire to apply a better understanding of exercise physiology to the field of coaching. She has continued her research in rowers and soccer players and the relationship between performance, injury and heart rate. Her vision is that her work will spark a philosophy of evidence-based coaching in athletics. 


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Filip Ljubicic

Filip Ljubicic is a co-founder of is a data technology platform – built by rowers, for rowers – designed to enhance all aspects of training, analysis and organization. He is a former rower and coach from the UK. Filip rowed for the University of London and was Director of Rowing at University College London, winning their first Henley Women's trophy.

Before, Filip co-founded an education startup that made Apple's selection of 25 best apps in 2015.


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Sara (Hendershot) Lombardi
Co-founder, Rowfficient and Two-Time World Champion

Sara (Hendershot) Lombardi was born in Boston and moved to Simsbury, CT at age 14. She and all of her three younger siblings attended Henry James Middle School and Simsbury High School. In high school Sara played soccer, swimming, and rowing with two state championships (soccer and rowing) and a school record (swimming). She was then recruited to attend Princeton University where she became a student athlete and a member of the Varsity Rowing team. While at Princeton, Sara was the captain of her team, earned All-Conference honors in 2008, 2009, and 2010, and NCAA First Team All-America honors in 2009 and 2010.

Upon graduation, Sara declined a job offer from Wall Street to follow her dream of becoming an Olympian. She earned her way onto the United States Women’s National Team and became a two-time World Champion in 2010 and 2011, and ultimately qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She and her pair partner came in 4th place, just 0.2 seconds behind Bronze.

Following her Olympic debut, Sara continued to train for the 2016 Rio Olympics but was faced with injury throughout the Olympic cycle and just missed making the team. Her athletic career prepared her for a professional career in sports marketing and branding where she now works with other athletes and brands to grow their audiences. Sara and her husband Mike also founded a rowing company called Rowfficient where they coach rowers from around the globe through seminars and remote coaching. Together they live in Boston with their puppy Bron.


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Justin Moore

Women's Head Coach, Syracuse University 

Six-time NCAA champion and U.S. Junior National Team coach, Justin Moore has returned Syracuse women's rowing to national prominence since being named head coach in July of 2010. One of the most respected coaches in the rowing community, Moore possesses an impressive resume from both as an athlete and coach on the collegiate and professional levels.

In 2017, Syracuse ranked No. 13 in the final Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA)/USRowing Coaches Poll. In his seventh season at the helm, the Orange finished in second place at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship, winning the Second Varsity Eight, and qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive year.



CB Sands-Bohrer

Coordinator of Coaching Education/Coach, Community Rowing, Inc.

CB Sands-Bohrer has 30+ years of rowing and coaching experience and is an eight-time National Team member, winning gold at the World Championships in the lightweight double sculls in 1986 and 1989 and bronze in 1984 and 1987. CB was inducted into the National Rowing Foundation Hall of Fame in 1997 and recognized again by the NRF in 2000. In addition to her work at CRI, CB coaches the Junior Boys and Girls at Cambridge Boat Club and has previously been a guest coach at Northeast Rowing and the Craftsbury Rowing Center.

At CRI, CB focuses on the coach development process working with the entire CRI coaching staff, the IRL fellows, and the larger coaching community to provide educational opportunities. Through program feedback systems, training all coaches at CRI through CRI Coach Certification, and her work with the IRL in multiple capacities, she provides opportunities for coaches to improve and grow.


 Mackenzie Whiteside IRL Class of 2018

Mackenzie Whiteside
Class of 2018 IRL Fellow

Mackenzie Whiteside started rowing for Mile High Rowing Club in high school. Her passion for the sport quickly developed as a junior and continued to build as she started rowing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

While at Wisconsin, Mackenzie was a two-time IRA National Champion in the lightweight four, a four-time Wisconsin varsity letter recipient and two-time Eastern Sprints champion.  As one of the team’s captains, Mackenzie gained a lot of experience working with her teammates and a variety of coaches.  These experiences opened her eyes to the impact a coach can have on their athletes’lives which peaked her own interest in pursuing it as a career. After graduating with a degree in genetics, Mackenzie stayed in Madison to work as a volunteer assistant coach for the lightweight team at Wisconsin, primarily working with the novices. Currently, while studying at the Institute for Rowing Leadership, Mackenzie also works as a volunteer assistant coach with the Harvard Lightweight Men’s team. 


Jon Wortmann

Jon Wortmann
Executive and Mental Coach, Minister, Author, Speaker

Jon Wortmann is an executive and mental coach, minister, and speaker. A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, his books have been #1 best sellers in 22 categories on Amazon. His work has been featured in O magazine, Elle, Huff Post, Fox, Fast Company, The Globe and Mail, and Psychology Today.

As a mental coach, he works with golfers on the PGA,, PGA Latin America, and PGA Tour Canada, and men's golf at the University of Connecticut. His amateur students have qualified for the US Amateur, US Men's and Women's Four-Ball, and US Mid-Amateur. He has coached tennis at UCONN and Nike Camps, and he is professor of Coaching Philosophy and Ethics at the Institute for Rowing Leadership.

In the non-profit world, he has trained dozens of towns and affiliate groups in addition to hundreds of public sector leaders to be strategic communicators and intentionally manage stress. He has lead 38 service projects to cities like New York and Toronto and disaster areas like New Orleans. The suburban-urban partnership program he co-lead for a decade in Worcester, MA has provides summer camp for 80-100 1st through 6th graders every summer. Over the past twenty years, he has helped three faith communities double their size in an era of religious decline.

His corporate coaching and speaking clients include Fortune 500, multi-national, international start-up, government, healthcare, and global public service organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Builders Beyond Borders.

His present research focuses on the role of brain health in sports performance and the behaviors that build trust in organizations and public life.