Our Coaches

Ollie Rubens, Competitive Masters Crew Head Coach

Coach Oliver Rubens (Ollie) joined BIAC after leaving the world of rowing in Cambridge, UK, and brings a new perspective to the Masters Competitive Team. During and after university he coached programs at Homerton College Boat Club, Furnival Sculling Club and Cambridge University Lightweight Rowing Club.

Off the water, he's the North American Director of Sales for a UK-based tech company and eager to explore his new surroundings in the Bay Area. Over a glass of beer (warm or otherwise), he'll happily discuss the finer points of rowing and why port/starboard is the only American rowing lingo he's willing to adopt. 

If you'd like to learn more about the BIAC Competitive Team, click here to find out more about our masters teams and come join a session.



Jim Wojcik, Competitive Masters Crew Assistant Coach

Jim got his start rowing at the University of Michigan, where he was part of boats that won at the Head of the Charles, Dad Vails and ACRA National Championship.

He started coaching the University of Michigan men’s novice team during a medical leave his junior year and continued coaching at the Ann Arbor Rowing Club as the director and head coach of the sweep rowing programs, leading the club to its first gold medal at Canadian Henley.

After serving as head coach of the competitive team for three years, Jim stepped into the role of Assistant Coach in 2016 to continue working with the team while also making time to pursue other passions and rowing goals. He currently holds the Corkscrew course record in the single, no small feat. 

When he is off the water, Jim works as a space systems engineer for Space Systems/Loral in Palo Alto.


Jenifer Aguirre, Open Masters Crew Head Coach, Sunday Crew & Sculling Coach

Jenifer has over 20 years experience as a personal trainer and over 12 as a rowing coach for both high school athletes and adults. She walked on to the sport at UCSB as a Freshman and never looked back, rowing all four years on the Lightweight team culminating in a National Championship medal.

Rowing is truly a passion for her and she is thrilled to pass that along to young athletes and masters looking to take their skills to the next level. Her main goal is to help each rower not only discover their own strengths, passions and potential but explore this unique sport. As a coach, she has achieved State and Regional Champion success with her masters and junior teams. 

As a collegiate and masters rower herself, she has enjoyed Regional and National Champion success as well as participating in several Masters World Championships in places like Belgium and Canada, and collected a couple of coveted Head of the Charles medals along the way.

Jenifer’s philosophy for both rowing and health and fitness encompasses mind, body and soul. She believes you must understand where your fitness and skill level is, how it got there and where you want it to go. Her passion and inspiration come from "helping others to achieve goals they did not think were possible, whether it be in the gym, on the water, or in life." Both her coaching and personal training style revolve around form and function, and exercise variety. "As you rise to the challenge, the higher the bar goes."

Jenifer is the Open Crew Head Coach, and also teaches single shell sculling and sweep rowing technique classes on Sundays with a poetic flare. Jenifer is also the Novice Women's Head Coach for Norcal crew. As a teacher and coach, she has a gift for inspiring in her Masters and Junior crews a great love for rowing.

If you'd like to learn more about the BIAC Open Team, click here to find out more about our masters teams and come join a session.


Derek Stedman, Open Masters Crew Assistant Coach

Derek started rowing in 8th grade. He tried out for the team in middle school, and got sucked in forever. He won at Royal Canadian Henley in the senior men's lightweight double in 2011 and in the senior men's lightweight pair in 2013 . The win in 2013 was particularly sweet, as it topped off a hard-fought return from injury and illness in the fall university season for both his pair partner and him.

Off the water, Derek is an engineer specializing in wind related catastrophe modeling. In his spare time, he's taken up cycling racing, and found himself on the podium a few times recently. When asked what his favorite candy bar is, he says "poutine".

Derek infuses his coaching with a deep understanding of the sport, and an elegant Star Wars philosophy. He has been known to transform five-and-glides into something akin to Jedi exercises with the Force ("an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy together."--Jedi Master Obi Wan-Kenobi, 1977)


Chuck Bonnici, Novice Masters Crew Head Coach

Chuck started rowing for Serra Crew in high school, where he competed in local and national regattas, and has been involved in rowing ever since. He began by coaching Juniors rowers at Serra and Los Gatos, then served as an assistant Masters coach at BIAC for both the Novice and Open teams. In 2014, Chuck stepped into the role as Novice Head Coach for BIAC masters and leads the Learn to Row program as well. 

In addition to coaching masters novices, Chuck is also a rower on the BIAC Masters Competitive Team, Head Coach of the Middle School Program & Assistant Varsity Women's coach and Boatman for Norcal Crew. Whether coaching, rowing or working on boats and equipment for the improvement of BIAC, Chuck is very often found at the boathouse getting stuff done!

If you're interested in Learning to Row, be sure to get more information and sign up for a session coming soon!



 

Dave Lee, Sculling Coach & Learn to Scull Program Lead

Dave has been sailing, rowing and playing in boats on San Francisco Bay since he was 5-years-old. He began rowing on Redwood Creek as a Stanford freshman in 1965. He helped found the Stanford Rowing Club (predecessor to BIAC) in 1987, founded Prairie Rowing (a Maas boat dealership) in Oklahoma City in 2001 and coached sculling programs in Oklahoma City before returning to California in 2009. In 2013, he and some friends purchased the Maas Boat Company and he now serves as its managing partner.

Dave studied architecture and product design at Stanford and practiced architecture in Palo Alto and Menlo Park for over forty years. He has helped plan a number of boathouses and remains involved in pro bono architectural projects.

Currently Dave teaches sculling lessons for rowers looking to get into sculling regardless of prior rowing experience. If you're interested in our Learn to Scull program, get more information here or email Coach Lee to get started.



Mike Still, Competitive Sculling Coach

Mike Still is an Olympian and World Champion. He won gold at the National Championships, Pac-10 Championships, Olympic Festival, Head of the Charles, and San Diego Crew Classic. He has coached at Stanford, University of San Diego, and UCLA. Mike founded Silicon Valley Crew, a rowing program for high school students on the Peninsula. When Silicon Valley merged with BIAC juniors, he was the original head coach for the new Norcal Crew juniors program.

Mike regularly competes at the highest levels in Masters regattas on the West Coast and at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston.

Mike now coaches competitive sculling workouts for BIAC Masters. These practices focus on building conditioning, race readiness, and technique. If you'd like to learn more about competitive sculling, click here to find out more and come join a session.



Alice Henderson, Adaptive Rowing Coach & Program Lead

Alice started rowing in 1982 and has been involved in the sport in some capacity ever since. As an athlete she won national championships for the University of Washington and competed for the USA. She then started coaching (over 25 years ago), including as a full time coach for seven years in Seattle, and has coached all levels of athletes from middle school to college, people in their 70s to adaptive athletes, from novice to national champions.

Alice's involvement in rowing expanded in the 1990s to include rower, coach and also bureaucrat. She has now been a US referee for over 20 years and passed the FISA exam in 2013. She was chair of the Jr Women's Committee, served a term on the USRA Board of Directors, became the first head coach of Seattle University and was a founding board member of the first rowing club in Arizona, Rio Salado. Most recently, Alice was classified as a US Technical Clinician for Para-Rowing in 2015.

All of this points to one thing: Alice is highly enthusiastic about rowing. She now brings this enthusiasm and passion to adaptive rowing at BIAC. When she started rowing most boats were still made for men who were between 6'2"-6'4" and 180-200lbs. Since the mid 1970s boats and programs have been adapted to accommodate a wider cross section of society. What we currently refer to as "adaptive rowing" is a continuation of the inclusiveness of rowing. At BIAC we have adaptive athletes who are mostly in a chair, have a prosthesis and other physical limitations. We also have a partnership with the VA (US Dept. of Veterans Affairs) to facilitate Veterans rowing, either for wellness, rehab or competition.

If you have questions about adaptive rowing OR would like to volunteer during an adaptive practice, click here to email Alice directly to get started!


For Junior rowing programs, see NorCal Crew Coaches and Serra Crew Coaches.
For paddling, see Hui Wa’a Outrigger Canoe & Kayak.
For dragon boating, see DieselfishLightwave, and Stanford Dragonboat program information.

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