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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Sculling Coach - Robin Ritchey
Robin has been rowing for 10 years, starting in middle school in Norwalk, CT. She rowed with SoNo Rowing and GMS Rowing Club in high school, focusing solely on sculling. During her career as a junior rower she placed top ten at Junior Nationals and Head of the Charles in 2013 as well as competed with the Junior National Team in 2012 and 2013. From there, she rowed with UW-Madison’s lightweight team before deciding to take a break to focus on her studies. After taking a few years off, Robin is joining us this summer and fall to coach and row with MRC.
Robin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Junior's Coach - Michael Mancusi Ungaro
Michael began rowing in 1998 for the Haverford School for Boys in suburban Philadelphia. From 2003 - 2007, Michael was a member of The George Washington University's Men's rowing team where he earned a silver medal at the IRA in the Freshman 4+ and was part of GW's first 8 to row in the Sprints league. In 2007 Michael named team captain and MVP. During the summers of his college career, Michael rowed for Penn AC lightweights, and US Rowing's Midwest Development Camp. After graduating college, he moved back to Philadelphia and raced for Undine Barge Club and started coaching at Haverford School.
After taking some time away from the sport to pursue his law degree and a three year tour of duty building and operating natural gas pipelines in the North Dakota oilfields, Michael returned to Madison to where he coached the Camp Randall Rowing Club's Varsity Boys team from 2016 - 2018. When not coaching or regulating insurance companies, Michael enjoys hunting, fly fishing, and skiing.
Mike can be reached at email@example.com.
Junior's Coach - Carlee Hayden
Carlee Hayden, former rower and coxswain at Georgia Tech. New to Madison, as of January. Moved here to design bridges at an engineering firm downtown. I live right next Lake Mendota and I'm excited to have rowing back in my everyday life!
Sculling Coach - Larissa Bugert
Larissa’s engineering studies brought her from Erlangen, Germany, to UW-Madison where she will write her Master’s Thesis during the summer and fill in as a sculling coach at MRC. After dreaming about it for a long time, she finally turned to the sport of rowing at the beginning of her studies 6 years ago. From a novice rower, she worked her way up to being competitive on a national and international level, including a Silver Medal at the 2018 European University Games in the Women’s Quad and first place at the 2018 Bavarian Championship in the Women’s 8+. Larissa plans to gain new perspectives on rowing from the coaching eye and is excited to share her knowledge as well as actively rowing herself.
Larissa can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Novice Coach - Alex Bogner
Alex started her rowing career at Camp Randall Rowing Club in 2015 and continued there as a rower for three years. During her senior year of high school, she became a coxswain for Mendota Rowing Club's Junior team. She will be attending UW Madison in pursuit of an Environmental Science degree, and plans to continue as a coxswain for their women's team. Her motivation as a coach is to positively contribute to the rowing community by helping people discover their strength through the sport.
My name is Sophie Banik. Prior to rowing I swam for 8 years. I gave up my love for swimming for my new love, coxing. I've been coxing for over two years and currently cox at Milwaukee Rowing Club.
I am excited to join Mendota's wonderful coaching staff and crew. I look forward to coaching, and learning along the way!