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Chris Callaghan — SDRC Director of Operations
Chris Callaghan is in his 7th year with SDRC. He coached the Varsity Men for 4 years. Chris is a former member of the US Men’s National Rowing Team from 2006-2009. He won a Gold medal in the eight at the 2007 Pan American Games and placed 4th in the coxed four at 2006 World Rowing Championships in London. Chris started rowing at Oregon State University in 2000, and coached the Men’s Varsity for the Mercer Junior Rowing Club at Princeton, NJ for 3 years before moving to San Diego.
Ph: 858-352-8380   chris@sandiegorowing.org 

Carmen Slack – Women's Varsity 
Carmen rowed stroke at University of Washington. And she has coached in Seattle at the collegiate and high school levels, for varsity and novice, boys and girls. As a result, she has the personal experience and insight to help our women’s varsity athletes successfully navigate the collegiate recruiting process. Carmen is already a member of SDRC and has even raced for our club at Masters Henley and Masters Nationals (where she was in the boat that clinched the National Championship for SDRC last summer). She, Ryan and Jordan will make a great team to ensure a high level of coaching and preparation during our fall headraces and spring sprint season.
Benton Sparks – Varsity Men
This is the second year Coach Sparks has coached the Varsity Men's program after two successful years coaching SDRC's Novice Men. In 2015, the Varsity Men won Gold in the quad and Silver in the double and lightweight double at SW Regionals. The Novice Men have enjoyed multiple wins at the regional level. After rowing for Los Gatos Rowing Club in high school, Benton rowed for Orange Coast College and UCSD. Before starting with SDRC, he coached on the men's side at both Newport Aquatic Center and UCSD. Both teams achieved championship wins during those years.
Ryan Hemelt – Women’s Novice 
Ryan Hemelt joined the coaching staff at San Diego Rowing Club in 2012 and is entering his third year as the Novice Women’s coach, previously having coached the Middle School team and assisting Coach Sparks with the Novice Men’s program.  Ryan started coaching in 2010, and has coached for several clubs and teams, including the Mission Bay Aquatic Center, PennAC Rowing Association, Brophy College Preparatory, and was a co-founder and coach at the SW Scholastic Development Camp.  His Novice Women’s teams have had great success at local and regional regattas. In 2015, the Novice Women’s 4x+ won a Silver medal at the US Rowing SW Regional Championship.  As an assistant coach at the PennAC Rowing Association this past summer, he helped coach the Women’s 8+ and 4+ to Bronze medals at the US Rowing Club Nationals.  Ryan has been certified by US Rowing as a Level 2 Certified Coach.  He rowed competitively in high school with Tempe Junior Crew and Brophy College Preparatory and was the team captain in 2009 and 2010.

Patrick Hurley – Novice Men, Juniors Program Director

Patrick is entering his fourth season coaching at SDRC and his third as the Men's Novice Coach. The novice men have won 3 medals at Southwest Regionals in the past 2 years. Patrick also coached at the SDRC summer learn to row camps as well as the summer high performance camp. He rowed competitively for four years in high school at Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio as well as for four years at Rutgers University. He was selected as a team captain during his senior seasons in both high school and college and also was invited to try out for the Junior National Team while in high school. He graduated from Rutgers University in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in psychology and received a Master's degree in Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010.

Sean Dougherty – Men's Assistant

Sean started coxing in 2007 for the Sacramento State Masters program and Capital Crew.  As a junior coxswain, Sean made the 2010 CanAmEx 8+, winning gold against Canada and Mexico.  He also coxed the 4+ at the 2011 Junior World Championships in Eton Dorney, England, placing 8th.  After high school, Sean became the varsity coxswain for the UCSD Men's Rowing Team.  His teammates voted him Team Captain for of his sophomore, junior, and senior years.  In 2013, he was awarded Most Valuable Oarsman, and led UCSD to a 22nd place finish at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships that year.

After graduating from UCSD in 2015, Sean became the Novice Coach for the Tritons.  For the 2015-2016 season, his Novice crew won the San Diego City Championships and placed 4th at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships.

In addition to rigging and coaching, Sean is a marketing coordinator for a wealth management company here in San Diego.
Jordan Goodman – Women's Assistant
Jordan has been involved in the sport of rowing for 6 years. She began rowing at Tempe Junior Crew in high school. Her senior year of high school she moved to San Diego, CA and raced for ZLAC. Jordan got involved with SDRC by coxing for the masters in high school and still works with them. She began coaching right out of high school when she started college. Jordan began coaching with SDRC’s middle school team and worked with the novice women’s team until she went full time to the novice women’s team. Jordan is also currently founding and starting up a junior program in Coronado, CA. She is coaching and directing the recreational high school rowing programs. She will be starting her third year with SDRC and Assistant Coach for the the Novice Women’s Team.

Glenn Schweighardt and Stephanie Osmond  – Middle School Coaches
Glenn and Stephanie both joined SDRC in the fall of 2016. Glenn has been rowing for 40+ years, has a masters degree in exercise physiology, works in the field of cardiac rehabilitation and cardiovascular wellness and about a year and a half ago returned from a 2 year contract working in China at an international medical clinic where I set up a cardiac rehabilitation program and presented at numerous conferences throughout China.  I currently consult in China at numerous hospitals.  I coordinate, participate, and provide training for a high performance group on MWF mornings and teach sculling and sweep classes here at SDRC.

Stephanie began her rowing career at Bainbridge High School in Washington where she rowed for 3 years. She then moved on to San Diego State University where she was a member of their NCAA Division 1 team for 3 years, receiving a scholar athlete award every year. Stephanie is currently a senior at San Diego State studying psychology along with a minor in international studies.

Boathouse: 1220 El Carmel Place, San Diego, CA 92109 | Mailing address: SDRC Juniors, PO Box 99856, San Diego, CA 92169 | Boathouse Telephone: (858) 488-1893
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