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Chris Callaghan — SDRC Director of Operations
Chris Callaghan is in his 7th year with SDRC. He coached the Varsity Men for 4 years. Chris is a former member of the US Men’s National Rowing Team from 2006-2009. He won a Gold medal in the eight at the 2007 Pan American Games and placed 4th in the coxed four at 2006 World Rowing Championships in London. Chris started rowing at Oregon State University in 2000, and coached the Men’s Varsity for the Mercer Junior Rowing Club at Princeton, NJ for 3 years before moving to San Diego.
Ph: 858-352-8380   chris@sandiegorowing.org 

Carmen Slack – Women's Varsity 
Carmen rowed stroke at University of Washington. And she has coached in Seattle at the collegiate and high school levels, for varsity and novice, boys and girls. As a result, she has the personal experience and insight to help our women’s varsity athletes successfully navigate the collegiate recruiting process. Carmen is already a member of SDRC and has even raced for our club at Masters Henley and Masters Nationals (where she was in the boat that clinched the National Championship for SDRC last summer). She, Ryan and Jordan will make a great team to ensure a high level of coaching and preparation during our fall headraces and spring sprint season.
Benton Sparks – Varsity Men
This is the second year Coach Sparks has coached the Varsity Men's program after two successful years coaching SDRC's Novice Men. In 2015, the Varsity Men won Gold in the quad and Silver in the double and lightweight double at SW Regionals. The Novice Men have enjoyed multiple wins at the regional level. After rowing for Los Gatos Rowing Club in high school, Benton rowed for Orange Coast College and UCSD. Before starting with SDRC, he coached on the men's side at both Newport Aquatic Center and UCSD. Both teams achieved championship wins during those years.
Ryan Hemelt – Women’s Novice 
Ryan Hemelt joined the coaching staff at San Diego Rowing Club in 2012 and is entering his third year as the Novice Women’s coach, previously having coached the Middle School team and assisting Coach Sparks with the Novice Men’s program.  Ryan started coaching in 2010, and has coached for several clubs and teams, including the Mission Bay Aquatic Center, PennAC Rowing Association, Brophy College Preparatory, and was a co-founder and coach at the SW Scholastic Development Camp.  His Novice Women’s teams have had great success at local and regional regattas. In 2015, the Novice Women’s 4x+ won a Silver medal at the US Rowing SW Regional Championship.  As an assistant coach at the PennAC Rowing Association this past summer, he helped coach the Women’s 8+ and 4+ to Bronze medals at the US Rowing Club Nationals.  Ryan has been certified by US Rowing as a Level 2 Certified Coach.  He rowed competitively in high school with Tempe Junior Crew and Brophy College Preparatory and was the team captain in 2009 and 2010.

Patrick Hurley – Novice Men, Juniors Program Director

Patrick is entering his fourth season coaching at SDRC and his third as the Men's Novice Coach. The novice men have won 3 medals at Southwest Regionals in the past 2 years. Patrick also coached at the SDRC summer learn to row camps as well as the summer high performance camp. He rowed competitively for four years in high school at Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio as well as for four years at Rutgers University. He was selected as a team captain during his senior seasons in both high school and college and also was invited to try out for the Junior National Team while in high school. He graduated from Rutgers University in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in psychology and received a Master's degree in Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010.

Patrick Kington -- Assistant Coach
Patrick started rowing in 1996 and has been coaching since 2004. He has coached at the scholastic, junior, collegiate, and international level. Kington has coached at SDRC since 2014, and has worked with the novice men, varsity men, and varsity women. 

Peter Simeone -- Assistant Coach

Middle School Coaches- TBD


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