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Head Coach - Competitive 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.

Coach - Jackie Rand

Jackie Rand began rowing as a junior in high school for St. Andrew’s Rowing Club in Roswell, GA, roughly 30 minutes north of Atlanta.  During her senior year, she helped place top 1/3 at Head of the Charles in the Juniors Varsity 8+, earning them an automatic bid back for the following year.  During spring season, her Junior Varsity 4+ placed first at the Southeast Youth Championships and qualified for Junior Nationals.  In college, she rowed for 4 years for Georgia Tech, conveniently out of the exact same boathouse in Roswell.  While there she made the finals at the Dad Vails regatta twice, freshman and senior year in a pair.  Her Women’s 4+ also placed 3rd at SIRA’s (Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association regatta).  She moved to Madison in 2011 for graduate school and rowed 2 summers with Mendota before deciding to make the shift to coaching, where she hopes to spread her love for the sport to a whole new group of people!

Jackie can be reached at jrand@mendotorowingclub.com.

Coach - Sara Krizan

Sara, a Madison native, found her passion for rowing while living in SeattleWashington, where she learned to row in 2011 and earned a seat on the Lake Union Crew nationally competitive women’s team, with whom she rowed for three years. During that time, Sara also led yoga classes for her fellow rowers and served as an assistant coach for adult learn-to-row classes. Since returning to Wisconsin, Sara has continued to row as a member of the Milwaukee and Mendota Rowing Clubs, and is a US Rowing referee candidate. She is delighted to be back in Madison and is enthusiastically looking forward to coaching with the Mendota Rowing Club.

Sara can be reached at skrizan@mendotarowingclub.com

Head Coach Youth Programs- Heather Swan

One of Heather's stipulations when selecting a college was that they have a novice crew team. In 93' this led her to attend Drexel University in Philadelphia where she became team captain her first season on a winning novice crew.  Her senior year of college she went on to learn sculling with PGRC and Bachelors Boat Club on the historic boat house row competing at the national level for 4 more years. After a 12 break Heather came back to rowing as an assistant coach at the Waynflete school in Portland Maine and is now very excited to be a part of the Mendota coaching team. Heather can also help excel your land training as she is a certified yoga, health and fitness coach!

Heather can be reached at hswan@mendotarowingclub.com

Coach - Silke Van Der Weide

My name is Silke (pronounced Silk-ah) and I was first introduced to rowing in middle school learn-to-row. My interest in the sport grew exponentially as I progressed onto varsity rowing in high school and was eventually elected as a co-captain for my team. Before I graduated, I underwent a hip replacement and re-evaluated my passions and strengths which led me to receive a technical degree in Therapeutic Massage with an emphasis on proper body mechanics. I am currently working on my Bachelor’s degree in Communications and I enjoy making stained glass pieces in my free time. I look forward to utilizing my background in rowing and muscle function with the club. I am very excited to learn from everyone at Mendota! 

Assistant Coach - Justin Stevens

Justin just moved to Madison from Nashville. Justin rowed four years as a member of the Vanderbilt Men's Rowing team and sculled competitively for the New York Athletic Club.  Recently, he was announced as an invitee to USA U23 lightweight 4x selection camp that would have been selected for the world championships this summer. 

Justin can be reached at jstevens@mendotarowingclub.com

Assistant Coach - Galen Quinn

I started rowing in High School at New Trier in the Chicago River, and after a few months of learning the basics, I fell in love. I currently row at UW - Madison for the Badgers and have competed in the Varsity Men's 8+ since Freshman Spring Season. I aim to graduate with a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science, and there's no better place to study/train in than Madison! As a Coach, I want to keep things simple and help rowers achieve their goals one at a time. I'm excited to evolve my coaching philosophy through Mendota Rowing Club, and become a better rower and coach in the process.

Galen can be reached at gquinn@mendotarowingclub.com

Assistant Coach - Lorenzo Miller

Lorenzo is a third year student at UW Madison studying Biochemistry with the intention of attending medical school. He is from Wilmette, IL and has been rowing for 7 years. He rowed for his high-school team, New Trier Rowing, and is currently on the UW team.

His senior year in high-school he placed 3rd overall at the Head of the Charles regatta in the Men’s Youth 8 event sitting in seven seat. His freshman year at UW he competed in the varsity 4 at the IRA regatta sitting in 2 seat, placing 15th overall. 

Lorenzo enjoys spending time with his friends, listening to music, and playing the saxophone. He is determined to continue his rowing career as an athlete and as a coach, and hopes to share his knowledge and experience with others!

Lorenzo can be reached at lmiller@mendotarowingclub.com

Assistant Coach - Ashley Wright

Ashley is a third year student at UW Madison studying Life Sciences Communication and Sports Communication. She is from the greater Cincinnati area, rowing for the Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club through high school and competed for 2 years both on the UW Women’s Lightweight and Openweight teams.

When she was an athlete, she placed 5th in the country the Youth Lightweight 8+ in 2015, 3rd in the country in the Youth Ltwt 8+ and 1st in the Youth Varsity 8+ at Head of the Hooch in 2016, 4th in the country in the Youth Ltwt 8+ in 2017. In her college career, she placed 4th at the 2020 Big Ten Championships in the 1st Novice 8+.

As a coach, Ashley strives to form relationships with her athletes on and off the water. She is excited to continue coaching and learning from the athletes she works with.

Ashley can be reached at awright@mendotarowingclub.com.

Assistant Coach - James Sullivan

My name is James Sullivan, and I currently row for the University of Wisconsin. Prior to collegiate rowing, I rowed for 2 years for Charlotte Youth Rowing (located in Charlotte, NC). Before I began rowing, I swam competitively. I look forward to sharing my experiences with rowing, and am excited to join the Mendota coaching staff.

James can be reached at jsullivan@mendotarowingclub.com

Assistant Coach - Julia DiNapoli

Hometown: Northford, CT

I attended the Kent School in Connecticut where I played ice hockey and soccer.  In need of a spring sport, I picked up rowing my freshman year and fell in love with the sport.  I have rowed for the National Development Camp, as well as Community Rowing Inc over the summer.  In 2019, I had the opportunity to row at Women's Henley in England.  I then continued my rowing and academic career at the University of Wisconsin.  Here at UW I’m currently a Biology major with a pre-med track.   I’m excited to bring my experience and love for the sport to Mendota Rowing Club.  

Julia can be reached at jdinapoli@mendotarowingclub.com

Assistant Coach - Sarah Navin

I am currently a student at UW-Madison studying biology with intentions to attend Physical Therapy school. I am from Menomonee Falls, WI and grew up playing volleyball and basketball before starting my rowing career. I attended a summer learn to row camp at UW-Madison and fell in love with the sport. I rowed briefly at Milwaukee Rowing Club during my senior year of high school before continuing my academic and athletic career at UW-Madison. I have raced in the first novice 8+ and second varsity 8+ during my time at Wisconsin and am excited to share all that I have learned with the athletes at Mendota Rowing Club! 

Sarah can be reached at snavin@mendotarowingclub.com. 

Assistant Coach - Lauren O'Connor

I am from Westfield, MA and rowed at PVRC in Springfield,MA  before being recruited to row at the University of Wisconsin. I'm currently a sophomore on the varsity team.

Lauren can be reached at loconnor@mendotarowingclub.com

Assistant Coach - Amanda Triebensee

Amanda was a freshman walk-on at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is majoring in Kinesiology and planning on entering the chiropractic field. She is from Plymouth, Wisconsin. Prior to rowing, Amanda was a competitive runner and dancer. In her collegiate career she has raced in the 2nd Varsity 8+. As a coach, Amanda hopes to share her love for rowing and hard work by helping her athletes become the best person they can be- both on and off the water. She is so excited to begin coaching with Mendota Rowing Club!

Amanda can be reached at atriebensee@mendotarowingclub.com

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