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Lead Head Coach - Danielle Scodellaro

Danielle has been rowing for 13 years, starting with High School and Club with Grosse Ile High School and the Wyandotte Boat Club. From there she rowed two years at the University of Wisconsin. After a short break, she has  returned full time to rowing with Mendota Rowing Club. Danielle has coached learn to row and corporate learn to row clinics. She has competed in many levels of rowing competitions, from scholastic to college, on both the national and international level, including club Nationals were she won the Woman’s pair. Danielle has placed internationally at the Royal Canadian Henley and also won a bid to the English Henley.

Danielle plans to continue her love of rowing with Mendota Rowing Club as both a rower and a coach. There is no place she'd rather be than to keep the dreams alive of this rowing community. 

Not sure which rowing program is right for you? Contact Danielle at dscodellaro@mendotarowingclub.com.


Assistant Coach - David Watkins

David says "the thought of being involved in the rowing community again is really exciting and ...it feels like coming home". David rowed in high school with Green Lake Crew in Seattle and in college with the University of Washington.

He currently works for REI as an Outdoor School Instructor and Sales Lead. For the past ten years he has been "educating, outfitting and inspiring," countless individuals "for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship." As an instructor for the Outdoor School he teaches classes ranging from snowshoeing basics to kayaking and map & compass with  students from 9 to 90 years old. David is currently completing his Level 2 coaching certification from US Rowing.

David can be reached at dwatkins@mendotarowingclub.com.


Assistant Coach - Sean Tardrew

Sean is one of many who would say that “rowing changed my life.” After taking his first strokes on the water through middle school “Learn-To-Row” with Camp Randall Rowing Club, he has never looked back. Rowing all four years with Camp Randall Juniors, Sean won numerous medals at regional regattas and competed nationally at the Head of the Charles Regatta in 2015 and at the USRowing Youth National Championships in 2016 where his lightweight four placed 4th.  At the end of his senior year, Sean was awarded the Coach’s Choice Award for leadership.

Sean currently rows for the University of Minnesota Men’s Crew, where he helped the freshman eight make it grand finals at both the Dad Vail Regatta and the ACRA National Championship for the first time in over a decade. In 2017, Sean was awarded the Novice MVP by the University of Minnesota and was elected to the ACRA Freshman All-American Team.

Sean can be reached at stardrew@mendotarowingclub.com.


Assistant Coach - Erin West

Erin has been rowing since high school, having learned to row with Mendota Rowing Club Juniors in 2001.  She went on to row with the University of Wisconsin Women's Openweight Novice and Varsity teams.  Erin took some time off from competitive rowing while she went to law school and established her career as a lawyer.  Erin returned to Mendota Rowing Club as a rower on the master's competitive team in 2016.  Erin has coached learn to row clinics and is an assistant coach for the competitive and advanced teams.  

Erin can be reached at ewest@mendotarowingclub.com 


Novice Program Coach - Kurt Amann

After decades of assuming that rowing was a sport exclusively for Yalies and Oxbridgemen, Kurt took the Mendota Rowing Club Learn to Row class in the spring of 2015.  He quickly caught the bug and has been hooked since.  He believes that if you're blessed to live in a city with natural resources like Madison, you'd be a fool to waste any opportunity to be on the lakes or having a beer at the Terrace.

Kurt has raced at the Royal Canadian Henley and the Head of the Charles Regattas (losing valiantly at each).  His pre-rowing background includes a pair of Ironman Wisconsin finishes and a lot of middle-of-the-pack bike races.  

Kurt has served on the Board of Directors since 2016, manages the launches, and coaches the MRC Novice team.  

Kurt can be reached at kamann@mendotarowingclub.com.


Novice Program Coach - Lizzy Klapheke

Coach Elizabeth is a native of Baldwinsville, NY, and came to Mendota RC via Americorps and UW-Madison. She first dipped her foot in the rowing water at National Learn to Row Day when she was 10, and was absolutely hooked. She rowed with the Syracuse Chargers for 4 years before joining her high school team, the Baldwinsville Girls Crew, where she turned from a rower to a coxswain. Coach Elizabeth went on to cox for the University of Scranton team for a year in college. After missing the sport for some time, she picked up coxing again, with a touch of rowing, in 2015 with the Mendota Rowing club. Coach K has raced many levels of rowing, and at such notable races and courses as the Stotesbury Cup Regatta, SRAA Scholastic Nationals, the Head of the Charles Regatta, and the Canadian Henley Masters Regatta. Her background as a rower has brought incredible insight to the coxswain seat, and now to the coaching seat as well. Between the peace of being on the water, connecting with her boatmates, and her calm, approachable perspective, Coach K is an invaluable asset to the coaching staff at Mendota RC. She hopes to inspire others to love and enjoy rowing as much as she does.

Lizzy can be reached at eklapheke@mendotarowingclub.com.

Sculling program coach - Ethan Currie

After learning to row in high school in Concord, NH, Ethan was a four year rower at Wesleyan University, serving as captain his senior year. He sat bow seat in the Varsity 8 during two of the program’s most successful seasons, earning medals at the Head of the Charles and the New England Championships. He has also sculled competitively for Crescent Boat Club in Philadelphia.

Ethan first started coaching during his summers while in college, teaching juniors and masters at Amoskeag Rowing Club in Hooksett, NH. Ethan is excited to take his rowing and coaching one step further here in Madison and is hopeful that he will one day understand the subtle nuances of Mendota's wind patterns.

Ethan can be reached at ecurrie@mendotarowingclub.com.

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