Head Coach Sandi McCarthy is in her 2nd year coaching with LLRC. Sandi has been involved in rowing for over 25 years. She began her career at the University of Iowa. There she enjoyed numerous achievements including wins at Midwest Championships, Dad Vails, Eastern Sprints and the Collegiate National Championships. She continued rowing beyond college with the Minnesota Boat Club in St Paul and with continued success won numerous medals at Elite Nationals, American Nationals (now Club Nationals), the US Olympic Festival and 2 gold medals at Canadian Henley. Sandi also took some time away from Minnesota to row at the US Training Center when it was in Augusta, GA and competed in the 2000 Olympic Trials.
After “retiring” from competition in 2000, she coached at the University of St. Thomas for 3 years. She was also a volunteer assistant for the University of Minnesota women for 2 years. She then took the Assistant Coaching position at the University of Cincinnati. Upon returning to Minnesota, she coached the competitive and Master’s program as well as learn–to-row sessions and private lessons at the Minnesota Boat Club. She continued to compete on the local level as well as at her favorite regatta, the Head of the Charles.
When not rowing, Sandi is a personal trainer with a Master’s in Exercise Science. She is a US Rowing Level III certified coach. “There is something indescribable in the sport of rowing that only those who do it well can experience. I am always thrilled to help those who persevere, find that special experience.”
Coach Nicholas Miller
Nicholas served as LLRC's head coach from its founding in 2014 through its NWIRA Youth Cup Championship run in 2016. During that time Crew sent eight boats to the USRowing Youth National Championships, raced to three top-ten finishes at the Head of the Charles Regatta, and graduated numerous seniors to varsity collegiate rowing teams. He returns as an assistant this summer and is excited to see the program continue to grow and excel.
In addition to his time at Long Lake, Nicholas served as the head coach of the University of St. Thomas Rowing Team, coaching three crews to the finals at the Dad Vail regatta and three to the finals in the club's first appearance at the ACRA Championships in 2016.
Since learning to row in high school with the Burning River Crew and the Western Reserve Rowing Association of Cleveland, Ohio, he has rowed and coached with the Lawrence University Rowing Club in Appleton, Wisconsin, the Macquarie University Rowing Team in Sydney, Australia, and the Case Western Reserve Crew Club in Cleveland. During the school year, Nicholas now coaches for the Hamilton College men's and women's varsity rowing teams in Clinton, New York.
Coach Olivia Zoner
Olivia has been apart of the Long Lake Rowing Crew since 2013, when she was introduced to the world of rowing. During her high school rowing career she competed at many regattas including the Junior's National regatta in 2015 in the Junior Women's Double event. In 2015 she began her freshman year at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities where she was a part of the Varsity Women's Rowing team where I rowed in the second varsity four at the B1G 10's regatta, where we came in 4th place. This will be Olivia's 2nd season coaching with LLRC; and she will focus her time on our Juniors team, and private lessons.
Coach John David
John began rowing at George Mason University in 1994 for Scott Walsh (Yale) and Bob Spousta (UMass). He rowed 7 seat on the Varsity 8, winning the Head of the Occoquan, CAA Conference Championship, Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Crew Championship. John rowed 3 seat for the GMU Varsity 8 that took silver at the Dad Vail in 1996. After college, John coached at Robinson Secondary School for 5 years and was Head Coach of the program for 3 years. During that time Robinson advanced from a developing program to a nationally competitive racing crew with numerous finals appearances at Stotesbury, SRA, VHSL and NCASRA championships. John coached the NVRC juniors development program on the Occoquan during off seasons. John will primarily be coaching private lessons for LLRC.
Isabella joined the rowing community in the summer of 2015 as a junior at the Minneapolis Rowing club. Since then she has competed in many regattas across the Midwest and Canada including the NWIRA championship where she took second in the lightweight single. She started her freshman year at the University of St. Thomas in the fall of 2016, where she continued to row and cox for their varsity and novice teams, respectively. In the fall of that year she stroked their varsity women's 2x to two second place finishes during the head race season. She has also served as commodore for the club since November 2016.
Outside of rowing, Isabella enjoys art, participating in orchestras and studying the sciences.