Coaches and Staff
Rick Brown – Executive Director and Head Coach
Coach Brown was hired by Rogue Rowing in June of 2015. In an effort to organize the club as a national leader within the rowing community, talent from the national level was recruited. Rick most recently served as the Executive Director at the Three Rivers Rowing Association in Pittsburgh, PA where he was for nine years. Three Rivers Rowing won the USRowing Club of the Year two times during his tenure (2010 and 2013). During Rick’s time at Three Rivers, he coached many levels and ages, but worked with the juniors program the entire time seeing the team grow to a nationally competitive program that had boats qualify and attend USRowing Youth Nationals every year which included winning Silver Medals in the Boys Pair (2-) in both 2013 and 2014. Rick also served as a coach within the USRowing Men’s Junior National Team from 2009-2015 and coached the Boy’s 4+ at the Junior World Championships in 2013 and 2014. He has worked with and helped high school athletes that have been recruited to most every major university and college rowing program in the country. Brown has also coached and worked at the Marin Rowing Association, University of California at Santa Barbara and Simmons College. He rowed at and attended Bates College, Lewiston, ME and has a Masters in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco.
Judith Cope – Assistant Coach
Judith has been rowing with RR since the club started in 2000. Having grown up pre-Title IX, she had never had the opportunity to participate in a real team sport. So after her first practice with the new RR group in the fall of 2000, she was hooked. She began competing in the spring of 2001 with the fledgling women’s crew.
Over the years she has had considerable success as a racer, both as a sculler and sweep rower. Judith teaches the novice Masters. For many years, she was also a novice coach with the Juniors Program. She loves to instruct beginners and watch them fall in love with rowing as she did.
Dan Hirsh – Assistant Coach
Toni Martinez – Assistant Coach
Joe Lusa – Assistant Coach
Nathan Ostovar was introduced to rowing and fell in love with the sport early in high school. He rowed on the Ashland Rowing Club Junior team throughout high school while also coxing for masters and juniors. After graduating from AHS he continued with Rogue Rowing as a coxswain and club volunteer while attending school in the valley. Currently Nathan works an Assistant Coach, primarily coaching the Junior and Southern Oregon University Rowing teams.
Robin Brown - Coach
Robin rowed competitively at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she rowed primarily as a lightweight rower. In 2002, she raced in a lightweight 8+ that placed 5th at the National Intercollegiate Rowing Championships. She is passionate about helping athletes maximize their athletic potential and to support this she has earned her Master’s in Nutrition from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011 and is a licensed Registered Dietitian. She has coached hundreds of competitive rowers at the high school, Masters and Collegiate levels. She has been a rowing coach at nationally competitive juniors programs and has experience coaching and directing a rowing program for athletes with physical and mental disabilities.
Perry Collonge began his rowing career at San Diego State University where he competed on the varsity team for 4 years. After spending his 20s running outdoor education trips in the desserts and rivers of the west, he found his calling as a rowing coach at the Los Gatos Rowing Club. For 10 years he has shared his passion for rowing by introducing adults, while earning his masters degree in marriage and family therapy. In 2016, Perry and his family relocated to the Rogue Valley where he continues to instruct and inspire as the Rogue Rowing Green Team coach.
RR's coaches are USRowing certified. Our Junior coaches comply with Oregon Student Athletic Association guidelines. We welcome the opportunity to work with anyone who is interested in furthering their coaching experience and/or learning to coach.
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