LLRC Coaching Staff

 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. She has rowed with the Long Lake masters program previously, and did some assistant coaching with Long Lake in the summer of 2016. She is excited to be back as an assistant coach for the fall season!


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.

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

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, and returns to us in summer to coach our busy summer rowing teams!

  Interim Coach Christine Caragee  

Christine C. started rowing at Radnor High School outside of Philly in shared facilities with Villanova University.  I rowed lightweight 8s for my high school and then started rowing with a city club, Vesper, in Quads and 4s my senior year.  From there she continued to  row 4s and 8s at University of Vermont competing in all the standard events;  at Dad Vail, Head of the Charles and Eastern Sprints.  In college  Christine  always preferred head races and long twisty courses.  Christine spent two summers living in Germany and joined the Ruder Verein Erlangen where we rowed recreational wide wooden boats.  After college Christine enjoyed meeting new friends, skiers and cyclists at the Minnesota Boat Club where she racedHead  quads, doubles, the occasional single and pair and even stood in as coxswain for our women’s four who was training for Head  of the Charles.  Christine also stays active with  triathlons, rock climbing and endurance cycling. She is "excited to get back on the water and to see the team at long lake build fitness, techniques and friendships"

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. 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.


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.”