“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 eight 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 50 year old 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.
Learn to Row, Mid-Morning Sweep and Scull, 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.
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.
Martin brings 35 years of rowing experience to his current position coaching the women’s AM locally competitive and Advanced Sweep and Scull teams. He began rowing when he was 16 years old at Greenlake and went on to row at Washington State University. Go COUGS! Over the past 25 years he has rowed with several local masters crews, winning US and Canadian Masters National Championships. He began rowing with LUC’s men’s nationally competitive team in 2000 and regularly competes at major races including Opening Day and Head of the Charles.
Martin enjoys coaching masters because he can see rowers of all ages and experience find joy in a sport that has been a major part of his life. “We row in one of the most amazing places on the planet,” Martin says, “with a vibrant rowing community that includes juniors, the premiere collegiate crew in the nation and masters all on one body of water.”
Martin is also a skilled photographer and videographer and is often seen perched behind his dSLR at regattas or controlling his quadcopter from the coach’s launch during practice. Check out his recent work here: http://aquabluedreams.com/#/page/rowing/.
“I feel fortunate to come back to this sport with such a strong set of women. They are what Masters Rowing is all about: strong athletes from all walks of life learning how to truly work as one. It’s awesome.”
Jen started rowing as a high school sophomore at Los Gatos Rowing Club in Los Gatos, CA. After a year off she returned to the sport with University of Oregon. Racing several events at the D1 level UO crew was a club team and mainly student run.
Jen coached her first learn to row program in summer 2004 with her alumni LGRC. She continued to coach Oregon Association of Rowers during the summers following until graduation. Since college her coaching experience ranged from open water learn to scull in Sausalito, CA to racing sweep teams as well as novice juniors. She lead the novice women, and eventually men as well, with Palo Alto Rowing Club for 6 years. She started coaching masters racing teams in 2007 at Bair Island Aquatic Center eventually working with all teams, Novice Masters, Learn to Row, Intermediate Masters, and both the Men’s and Women’s Advanced Racing teams. During part of that time she also raced with BIAC Advanced women and learned a great deal about coaching different learning styles and fitness levels.
After spending the last two years in Hawaii, she is getting back into coaching. She moved here with her fiancé to be closer to his daughter.
Matt learned to love rowing after first getting into a boat in California when he was 14 years old. From there, he went on to row at Serra High School in California and Seattle University. Matt found his true passion in sculling, and his favorite boat to row is the double.
Matt began coaching in 2009 because he wanted to drive boats around in the dark—and preferably also rain—as much as possible. He joined the LUC coaching team two years ago and currently runs the competitive sculling/small boats program. In all seriousness, he believes that there’s no better way to learn great technique than by rowing the tippiest boat possible. He especially loves coaching masters because although it takes them a while to break old habits, they still have fun.
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.
Locally Competitive Mornings, Evening Sweep and Scull
Judy has been rowing at LUC since the fall of 2011 and has been coaching beginners since the spring of 2013. Currently coaching SAS in the evening, 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.
“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.
“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.
Holy Names Academy Head Coach
“It has always been important for me to give back to the people and places that provided me with such amazing life opportunities.”
Caitlin has been a part of Lake Union Crew since its inception in 1998 when she began rowing with Holy Names Academy. She has over 11 years experience as a rower and a coach.
In 2005, after finishing her collegiate rowing career and graduating summa cum laude from Loyola Marymount University, Caitlin was asked to return to Lake Union Crew as a coach. Making the best use of her skills and experience, Caitlin’s role developed and in 2007 she was promoted to Business Manager of Lake Union Crew and Head Coach for Holy Names Academy Crew. Her natural ability to multi task is still a vital part of making LUC run efficiently. Her role has previously covered scheduling for LUC programs, program events and regattas, facilities coordination, managing weddings & events, bookkeeping, customer service, marketing, communications and supporting members & staff. Caitlin recently obtained a Master’s degree in Student Development Administration from Seattle University and is currently the Head Coach for Holy Names Academy Crew.
“The spirit of a group of people pushing and encouraging each other to exceed their expectations is what drives me daily. Combine that with a love of the water and a generosity toward community and that’s what Lake Union Crew is all about.”
Rome is our big-hearted founder whose love of rowing combined with a unique business drive has enabled her to establish an amazing boathouse, develop a competitive crew, and build a community.
She began rowing as a lightweight in 1991 and coxing competitively in 1992. This led to founding a masters team and helping to establish crew as a varsity sport at Holy Names Academy, her high school alma mater.
Rome’s coaching career began in 1996, and her dedication and relentless drive to be the best has led her crews to many national and international gold medals—including 13 first place medals at the Head of the Charles Regatta and 11 gold medals at the San Diego Crew Classic. She is as well known for her excellent coaching skills as she is for her ability to have fun. Everyone enjoys her sense of humor while working hard on the water.
Her desire to create a rowing community for people of all ages and skill levels inspired her to build Lake Union Crew. In 1997, armed with 30 years of building and real estate development experience, Rome began the task of building the two floating vessels—the Inspiration and the Unity—that housed LUC until 2013.
Since the founding of LUC, Holy Names Academy’s crew program has grown to over 60 athletes. And Lake Union Crew, home to over 300 members, has become one of the premier rowing clubs in the United States. Teams at LUC have been recognized for winning trophies and medals from local, national, and international competitions.
Executive Director, Lake Union Crew Outreach Foundation
“Putting my skills to use for the LUC Outreach Foundation is very natural for me. It is a place where I have the joy of giving back while still employing my business skills to see our outreach projects through to successful completion.”
Ann has worked with Lake Union Crew for over 11 years. She brings her calm authoritative voice, business acumen and wealth of non-profit management experience to the Executive Director position of the Lake Union Crew Outreach Foundation.
A tough competitor to the core, Ann understands the training and dedication required to excel in the sporting world. As a 4-year varsity athlete in tennis at University of Michigan, she won State and Regional Championships. And as an adult rower, she has won in both national and international competitions, including four Head of the Charles victories.
After graduating from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor Degree in General Studies, she pursued her MBA at Western Michigan University, majoring in Management Information Systems. Ann later worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the logistics department for their US Library Program. Now, continuing her career in higher education, she is a Senior Analyst and Project Manager at the University of Washington.
A lifelong volunteer often cited for her fun-loving contributions and team-building spirit, Ann’s desire to give back started early. As a child, she and her best friend spontaneously canvassed the neighborhood one Labor Day weekend, collecting hundreds of dollars for Jerry’s Kids. More recently, she served on the board of her children’s preschool, spearheaded fundraising for non-profits, supported Seattle’s Global Visionaries foundation and donated website and accounting consulting services for several small businesses.
Strength & Conditioning Coach
“I have been an exercise specialist in Seattle for 12 years and believe that exercise is a lifestyle rather than a have-to-follow regime.”
Chris joined the Lake Union Crew team in 2007, bringing extensive experience in track & field, triathlons, soccer, strength and functional training design. He has developed a strength and conditioning program for LUC specifically for the rower—precise exercises that support the maximum transfer of power to the boat, which equals speed on the water. The programs covers all levels of rower from elite to beginner.
Chris’s program has a two-fold goal: first, to increase and build muscle strength in the most important aspects of the rowers physique, the lower body and core, and second, to overcome the muscular imbalances of a repetitive motion such as rowing. As every sport has its injuries due to repetitive motion, he includes a set of body conditioning techniques to counterbalance the risk and severity of injury.
Chris is a graduate of Western Washington University with a BS in Exercise Science and a Master’s degree in Human Movement and Performance. He balances his enjoyment of work with running, cycling and spending time with his family.
Keara started rowing at Seattle University in 2009 because it was
the only club team that practiced 6 days a week. She rowed bow seat at Seattle U all four years, then swept another year with Lake Union Crew before discovering sculling at Seattle Rowing Center. Her coaching history includes the PM local men and AM sculling at Lake Union Crew, as well as summer camps and middle school development.
Keara believes in rowing small boats to build good technical skill, as well as cross training to develop into a well-rounded athlete. She wants to see athletes push themselves beyond their comfort zone and develop new skills. Keara solidly believes that you can do anything for a minute, and that any hard workout should end with chocolate milk.
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.
Perry started rowing in France in high school at ” Cercle Nautique DeMeaux” in the Parisien area. He was recruited by John Parker to row for the University of Washington Huskies where he rowed from 1996 to 2000.
Coaching became a natural progression for Perry after graduating from UW in 2000. He was introduced by fellow teammate Dan Shapiro to the Mount Baker Rowing Club where he coached Junior Girls and Masters for two years. After living abroad for a couple of years he returned to the Pacific Northwest and coached the masters for two seasons at Vashon Island Rowing Club.
Perry’s wife Karen convinced him to start rowing at Lake Union in 2005 after she had been rowing there for a few years. Rome, after learning of his coaching experience, convinced him to coach a class in the evening for LUC. He’s been coaching ever since. Perry has been rowing for over 20 years and coaching for over 12 and still enjoys getting up before dawn to enjoy the Seattle waterways.
Kayleigh started her rowing career at Green Lake in 2002, continued on to Pocock and then the University of Washington all four years. While there she won the Pac-10 as a freshman and then raced in the varsity 8 for three years. After graduating, she was a novice assistant coach and started coaching and rowing at Lake Union Crew. She has been a motivating and inspiring coach of the Junior Boys and Master Men’s teams since the winter of 2012 and looks forwards to continue to push them to their limits.
Kayleigh also works with all of our coaches here at LUC to ensure their and their teams’ success through communicating the LUC philosophy and technique.