“It’s an honor to be part of the LUC family. Every day I look forward to the rewarding work ahead to keep the boathouse running smoothly and successfully.”
Mara found her passion for rowing in 1988 just out of middle school at Mount Baker rowing, followed it with a year at the University of Washington and then trained in a single on her own. She found her permanent rowing home at Lake Union Crew in 2002, where she rows as part of the Nationally Competitive team. She has been an integral part of the boathouse since then as a rower, coach, and as a volunteer helping maintain our boathouse.
Mara spent three years at Race In JL managing the store and getting to know the business side of the rowing community. Before that she spent years at the Northwest Outdoor Center where she led classes and trips in the San Juans. She also brings considerable experience in managing and coordinating large and small construction projects—building a four seat fiberglass plane, retrofitting a 107′ steel tugboat, building 3 wood kayaks and maintaining her 1965 fiberglass sailboat.
As the Director at LUC she’s doing what she loves in an official capacity: taking on our management team, remodeling projects and regular facilities maintenance to keep the boathouse running like a well oiled machine or a really fast eight.
Office Manager, Learn to Row, Sweep and Scull
Patty started rowing in 2011 and immediately fell in love with the sport, and with Lake Union Crew. Some of her favorite LUC activities include Crew Caroling and the LUC Holiday party, the Buddy Row (pancakes and bacon!) and Row for the Cure (see photos of Facebook and you’ll know why). Her favorite part about teaching Learn to Row is passing on my enthusiasm for rowing to new rowers.
Aidan has been rowing with Lake Union Crew since he was in eighth grade, and now coaches there in the evenings. He brings a wealth of experience from rowing in middle school, his competitive career in high school, a brief stint training as an elite, and his current niche as a masters rower. After training with novices, Olympians, and everyone in between, he has a deep passion for long-term, sustainable athlete development and the joy that comes from hard work with friends. In his free time, he’s usually in the weight room, on his bike, or daydreaming about his goal of hitting all 61 of the National Parks.
Nationally Competitive Men
Nichole has been a part of LUC for a long time, first as a coxswain, and now as acoach for our Men’s Nat Comp team. The energy that she has brought to the program is hard to ignore, leading to the near doubling of the Men’s Nat Comp team. Passionate about developing rowers in Seattle, she is also the Men’s Varsity rowing coach at Seattle University. When she’s not on the water, she loves spending time with her dog, Yoshi.
Nationally Competitive Women
“Rowing has taught me that there is no finish line. You can always push a little harder, go a little father and do a little more, on the water or off. As a coach, I love helping other people challenge themselves.”
Amy began rowing in 1990 at Mount Baker, spent four years rowing for Radcliffe, and returned to Masters rowing at Lake Union in 2018. She was a member of the 1993 Junior National team in the pair and has won nationals at the junior, collegiate and masters level. She has coached juniors and masters intermittently since 1998. Her favorite thing about rowing is being part of team. When she isn’t at the boathouse, she enjoys time in the mountains, hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing.
Nationally Competitive Women
Melissa has been involved in coaching and coxing at Lake Union Crew for years, we’re so glad to have her continue to work with our Nationally Competitive team. She also coaches the Eastside Prep rowers out of the boathouse.
Novice Competitive, Learn to Row
Val began rowing in 2015 at LUC and began coaching in 2017. She hopes that her passion for the sport and being on the water is passed on to new learn to row participants and beginners. It is a great sport and great community that everyone can get involved in. Val currently rows for the Women’s Nationally Competitive team and loves sprint racing.
Evening Locally Competitive Women, Regatta Coordinator
Adrian is a jack of all trades at the boathouse; he is a coach, regatta master, coxswain, boat fixer, and always has the tool you need for the job.
Learn to Row, Sculling, Team Building, Coxing Clinics
“I love the satisfaction of passing on to others my love of rowing and the possibility of experiencing what I have.”
Marilyn took an LUC Learn to Row class in the spring of 2004 and it was love at first stroke. After just 15 months of rowing, she was tapped to move up to the Women’s Nationally Competitive team, and 2006 was a memorable and incredibly exciting year of rowing, racing, and medals. What a thrill at age 60!!! Marilyn continues to row with the Nat Comp women, and she recently started sculling competitively. Not only has rowing given this pre-Title 9 female the chance to call herself an athlete, but it has also brought a new level of health and fitness to her life and enriched her world with a wonderful new family of friends.
Retiring after 30 years in the classroom, Marilyn began to think about the possibility of coaching, and when a coaching internship was offered in the spring of 2012 she took advantage of the opportunity. Skills learned over her years in the classroom now help her introduce people to the sport she loves and has benefitted from in so many ways. She takes great pleasure in seeing people come to Learn to Row and make the transformation from curious but often unsure and anxious beginner to excited budding athlete with growing confidence and skill who are thrilled with their accomplishments.
Morning Advanced Sweep and Scull
Tiffany has been rowing since 2006 and coaching since 2014. As a coach, she enjoys motivating athletes—especially those who didn’t row in high school or college—to push themselves beyond their self-perceived limits. She encourages people to be active, to stay fit, and to have fun. In her opinion, there’s no better sport for that than rowing!
Tiffany’s favorite rowing memories are winning the San Diego Crew Classic Women’s B race in 2013 and taking gold in the Novice Women’s 4+ at the NW Master’s Regionals in 2007.
Nationally and Locally Competitive Men
Having rowed for the Huskies’ class of ’83, earning a silver medal in the men’s coxed four at the 1984 Olympic games, and competing in the coxless pair at the 1988 Olympics, Ed’s competitive rowing past is an asset that all at the boathouse appreciate. Along with rowing, Ed has competed in the X-Games as a rollerblader, and enjoys riding long distances on his bike.
(currently on hiatus)
Hugh Tompkins IV has experience coaching junior, collegiate and masters rowing. Hugh ran the freshman men’s program at the University of Florida and coached a summer program for Holy Names Academy at Pocock. He has been coaching masters rowing at Lake Union Crew since 2011 and is currently the Nationally Competitive Women’s coach.
His career as an athlete started in 1992 at rowing powerhouse Winter Park High School in central Florida. As a junior Hugh won multiple state championships and placed 2nd in the Championship 4+ at Stotesbury. After 3 years of rowing in high school, Hugh moved on to the University of Florida, stroking the lightweight varsity eight as a freshman. After five years of rowing in the gator infested lakes of Florida, Hugh transferred to the predator-free waters at the University of Washington where he stroked the varsity 4+ for two years.
When not coaching or rowing, Hugh works as an Industrial Designer at Baden Sports in Renton, WA and enjoys mountain biking, basketball and other outdoor sports.
Judy has been rowing at LUC since the fall of 2011 and has been coaching beginners since the spring of 2013. When coaching she tries to instill the necessity of teamwork in her rowers, telling them that ultimately rowing is a spiritual exercise in letting go. She finds working with beginners to be the most fun because every small success or epiphany brings a little bit of joy into the universe.
As a rower, Judy has won medals at Northwest Masters Regionals, BC Champs, and Canadian Masters Nationals. She has also competed at the San Diego Crew Classic and in local head races. She prefers sprints to head races and sweeping to sculling—and you won’t change her mind on either.
Matt grew up in Chicago, IL where he learned to row as a student at Loyola Academy. Since then his competitive career as an athlete and coach has seen him represent 13 different organizations in competition. In his first job after graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Matt lead the New Trier Boys Crew to their first SRAA National Championship in 2007. After moving to Boston, Matt founded the Institute for Rowing Leadership in 2010, guiding the organization from the initial planning stages to the submission of its accreditation folio to the National Council for the Accreditation of Coaching Education in 2014, all while coaching the Cambridge Rindge & Latin School to its first appearances at the both the NEIRA and USRowing Youth National Championships. Since moving to Seattle, Matt started the Seattle Prep Boys Crew with nine novices in 2016 and over the course of the next two years qualified 3 boats for the USRowing Youth National Championships, winning a Bronze Medal in the Men’s Youth 1x in 2018.
Matt’s interests in entrepreneurship, leadership and education extend far outside the coach’s launch, having spent time as the President of the Massachusetts Public School Rowing Association, Lead Educator at CRI’s Executive Leadership Training Program (Boston, MA), and English Teacher at both New Trier High School (Winnetka, IL) and the Lakeside School (Seattle, WA).
Learn to Row, Social Media Coordinator
Anne-Marie (AM) began rowing when she moved to Seattle after graduating from Northeastern University in 2016. She immediately fell in love, and realized she’d found her new team sport, having been a competitive hockey and lacrosse player in college. When AM had the opportunity to step in and start coaching learn to row, she was 100% in right away, because “who wouldn’t want to pass up 5 extra hours on the water in the summer?”
You can usually find AM around the boathouse, working out, erging, or just jamming to some of her favorite songs.
Team Building Coach and Boatman
“Not only do I enjoy rowing, I love teaching Learn to Row. I started my rowing career at LUC, and it’s great to now share my passion for rowing with others.”
In addition to being head Learn to Row coach, Martha serves as LUC’s boatman and keeps things orderly and running smoothly around the boathouse. Martha grew up sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, messing around on boats since she was five years old. Thirty years as a Navy wife taught her how to fend and fix anything. She now strives to keep our shells, oars and other equipment in tip top condition.
“I’ve had the pleasure of watching the sun rise and set perched atop a small hard rolling seat for over 25-years. There is no better way to start or end the day.”
Ben began his rowing career in a place oozing with rowing history at the Detroit Boat Club founded in 1831. It is this tradition, which he is pleased to be a part of and continue by passing onto the next set or oarsmen and oarswomen. Ben’s first day of crew was in February 1991, a frozen river forced a Model A erg to be where Ben took his first strokes. He has been looking backwards ever since. After high school Ben rowed for the Huskies’ of Northeastern University, class of ’98. Before joining Lake Union in 2003 Ben coached for both Rice University and City of Tempe and picked up an oar again with Rio Salado RC. Yes, they created a rowing venue in the desert of Arizona.
Ben’s favorite boat to row is the 4 (+/-). It is the boat he primarily rowed in high school and has been his favorite with Lake Union Crew racing not only in local races but also the Head of the Charles and Royal Henley Regatta. Ben has numerous medals over the years from high school, university and club level competitions however the lasting and most important thing rowing has provided him are friendships to last a lifetime.
There is no other sport where you will form bonds and create greater camaraderie than crew. The beauty and motion of the stroke from a 1x to a 8+ is unparalleled and Ben feels honored to be able to share the knowledge he’s been presented with continuing to pass it down the boat as we surge ahead, looking backward.