LLRC Coaching Staff

Head Coach Nicholas Miller

Nicholas has served as LLRC's head coach from its founding in 2014. He has been instrumental in guiding and directing our young club to a growing & successful community focused club.  During these past 7 years, under Nicholas' coaching, LLRC has sent ten boats to the USRowing Youth National Championships, raced to four top-ten finishes at the Head of the Charles Regatta including one 1st place in the boys youth double, and graduated numerous seniors to varsity collegiate rowing teams.

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, and also coached at Hamilton College in upstate NY, for 3 collegiate seasons along with returning to LLRC to coach each summer. Coach Nicholas joined LLRC year round in 2018.

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.

 Kaelynn Heiberg  

Kaelynn graduated in May 2018 from the University of Iowa, with a degree in Sociology. She rowed at Iowa for all four years, and sat in 3 seat of the first varsity eight helping the 1V8 take its first ever bronze at the Big 10 conference competition, and end the season in a school best 11th place at the 2018 NCAA competition. Most recently, Kaelynn helped the Hawkeyes take a third place finish at the Women’s Henley regatta, and made it through the first round of elimination in the Henley Royal Regatta, both in Henley-on-Thames, England, and helped the 1V8 take second to the Dutch senior national team at the Holland Becker regatta in the Netherlands. Kaelynn is a Hopkins High School alum and rowed in high school with Twin Cities Youth Rowing.

Kaelynn has passed the US Rowing Level 2 Coaching Certification exam, and is in her 4th season coaching for LLRC. For 2021 she will be focusing her coaching with our LLRC Masters evening group!


Coach Isabella Granse 

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.

In 2021, "Bella" will be an assistant coach for our juniors program.

Outside of rowing, Isabella enjoys art, participating in orchestras and studying the sciences.



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. If interested with scheduling with John, email longlakerowing@gmail.com and we can provide you with his phone contact info instead of the online scheduling system.

Sandi Mc Carthy

Coach Sandi McCarthy  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.”