Meet Your Coaches

We are fortunate at EBRC to have a large and diverse coaching staff. Some of our coaches have competed at the highest levels and on their national teams. Others have led or been part of growing rowing programs from scratch throughout the country.

Colin Heneghan
Colin brings extensive experience to EBRC. A transplant from upstate New York, he rowed for four years as a member of Dartmouth's Lightweight Crew. He was a two-time member of the varsity crew in 2011 and 2012, where he medaled at Eastern Sprints, IRA, and was the most improved varsity lightweight oarsman in 2011. Colin's coaching experience includes the junior men's team and Adult Learn to Row program in Upstate New York, Texas Rowing Center and Texas Crew in Austin, Texas, and Los Gatos Rowing Club in Los Gatos, CA.
Brandon Caesar
Brandon rowed at Berkeley High SchoolOrange Coast College, and Washington State University along with the Lake Merritt Rowing Club, the Berkeley Paddling and Rowing Club, and the Open Water Rowing Center. Brandon has coached Berkeley High School and currently coaches at the Lake Merritt Rowing Club as well as our Masters Club team.
Sebastian (Rocky) Davis
Rocky is the Head coach for our Club team, which is the largest team at ERBC. A graduate of UC San Diego, Rocky rowed in college as well as in high school with the Oakland Strokes.
Alan Kush
Alan began rowing in 2007 for the University of Virginia and rowed for four years for the team. In 2011 Alan was a member of the UVA Men’s Varsity 8+ ACRA National Champions, continuing with that team to row at the Henley Royal Regatta where they made it through to the Temple Challenge Cup semi-final. Alan graduated from UVA in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering with minors in Business and Physics. After graduation he continued to row through 2014 with the California Rowing Club. Alan is now Assistant Head Coach to the University of Virginia Men's Rowing.
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. Read More
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.
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. Read More
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.
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. Read More
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.
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). Read More
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.
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Board of Directors

Jule Zacher Women’s Competitive Team Representative

Jim Gotch At-Large Representative

Rhonda Nelson Membership Chair

Mike Hammerstedt Treasurer

Ann Strayer Oakland Tech Representative

Allen Demorest Oakland Tech Representative

Terri Ellis & Erin Griffith Fundraising

Don Asher Men’s Team Representative

Florencia Prada Communications Chair

Mary Lee Shalvoy Club Team Representative

Jolie Krakauer President