Curt Frank

Curt’s rowing career began at UC Berkeley; after college, he came back to compete at the masters level and contribute to club leadership, first with Lake Merritt Rowing Club and then with Capital Rowing Club in Washington, D.C.

In 1999, Curt began his bicoastal coaching career with LMRC. After moving to the east coast to pursue graduate studies, Curt started as an assistant coach, and later became the head coach, for the University of Maryland, College Park’s Women’s Team. In this capacity, he focused on building the startup team, raising funds to acquire equipment, and building a team competitive with their local and regional competition. While at University of Maryland, he also trained and mentored student and assistant coaches. In the same timeframe, Curt coached Capital’s Club AM and novice sweep programs, founded Capital’s Club PM sweep program, and coached masters and youth summer programs at Thompson’s Boat Center.

As Curt finished his graduate studies and transitioned to professional life, he became involved with an annual Learn To Row event for WeCanRowDC, a breast cancer survivors group in Washington, D.C.; he returns to coach this unique program each year.

Fast forward a decade and Curt has returned to his passion. At EBRC he is pleased to serve as the club’s executive director, women’s head coach, and assistant youth coach.


Dana Smith

Dana is the head coach of our Youth Rowing program serving students from Oakland Technical High School. She’s an Oakland teacher with 15 years of rowing experience at the high school, college, masters, and coaching levels.

<–Dana in the launch with Oakland Tech assistant coach Allen Demorest


Gulliver Scott

Gulliver has more than 10 years of experience coaching at the junior, masters, and collegiate levels. His association with the Berkeley High Crew began when he was a two-sport student-athlete at BHS (class of 1992). Gulliver learned to row with the BHS Jackets, then served as the Men’s Novice Coach for the 1992-93 season. He went on to row in the Varsity 8 at Wesleyan University for four years and later served as Assistant Coach at Wesleyan for two seasons (2000-02).

Gulliver returned to Berkeley High in 2006 as the Men’s Assistant Coach and became the Women’s Head Coach in 2012. Gulliver became Berkeley High Crew’s first Team Director in 2013. He holds USRowing Level III Coaching Certification.


Sara Nevin

Sara Nevin started advising and part-time coaching EBRC in December 2013. She’s been instrumental in getting the EBRC Learn To Row programs running strong, sharing her love of rowing with those who’ve never seen the inside of a racing shell. Sara became head coach for the Mills Cyclones in 2011; before Mills, Sara spent 10 years as Assistant Coach for the Cal Golden Bears. At Cal, Nevin led the varsity 4 through an undefeated season to win NCAA championships in 2011. She also led the novice crew to multiple top finishes at the Pac-10 Championships. The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) acknowledged Nevin’s ability and success by naming her the 2008 CRCA Assistant Coach of the Year as well as the 2008 CRCA West Region Assistant Coach of the Year.

Before coaching at UC Berkeley, Nevin served as the executive director and head coach at the Lake Lanier Rowing Club in Gainesville, Ga. During her five years in Georgia, Nevin coached all levels of rowers from beginners to U.S. national team members. In addition to her coaching, Nevin acted as the full-time boathouse and rowing club director, as well as Regatta Director for the NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships in 1998 and 2001. Before arriving at Lake Lanier, Nevin spent seven years coaching in Seattle, Washington. Between 1989–92, Nevin coached at the Seattle Training Center, coaching a group of elite and pre-elite rowers. Her stint culminated with all eight women earning spots on the 1992 Olympic team.

From 1990–96, Nevin also coached the varsity boys rowing team at the Mount Baker Rowing Club. There, Nevin grew a program of 16 athletes to over 50 and won four USRowing Junior National Championships, including the school-boys’ eight in 1991 and 1993. Nevin earned a BA in political science with a minor in pre-medicine from the University of Washington in 1985. During her rowing career at UW, Nevin won three varsity 8 national championships between 1983–85 and was undefeated in U.S. collegiate competition. She was a member of the U.S. national team in 1985 and 1986.


Jess LaFrank

Jess LaFrank began coaching in the fall of 2011 after graduating from Mills College. At Mills, Jess was a a four-year coxswain and an asset in maintaining cohesion within the team, as three different head coaches led the rowing program. Senior varsity coxswain for three of her four years, she was awarded the peer-elected Cyclone Award in 2008, 2010, and 2011 for exemplary effort, attitude, and actions in support of the team; she also received the Coaches Award in 2008.

With a double major in poetry and psychology, Jess earned the Scholar-Athlete award each of her four years at Mills while enrolled full time, living off campus, and working various jobs to help pay for tuition and expenses. Before Mills, Jess did not participate in athletics; it was at Mills she found a love for sport, competition, and teamwork. As an alum, she enjoys working with students at Mills discover the ample opportunities there are to participate in athletics, and raising the competitive standard of Mills athletics has been, in a word, rewarding.