Our coaches are dedicated to providing the highest level of professional instruction and mentoring for both competitive and recreational rowers in a safe and supportive environment.
Costel, a native of Romania, has been the Executive Director at Saugatuck Rowing club since 2012. He is responsible for all aspects of the Club, including fitness in the Club’s state of the art gym facility and the group exercise programs offered daily by top instructors. Costel also directs the rowing programs at the club, overseeing both Masters Rowing and the Juniors Programs, both of which send Saugatuck’s competitive rowers annually to the USRowing Masters and Youth National Championships, where Saugatuck rowers are perennial medal winners. Saugatuck rowers place well at all competitions, including the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta every October. In 2012, Costel’s Master Women’s Four won Gold at the HOCR ahead of 19 other highly-trained competitors.
Costel is a certified U.S. Rowing level III coach and instructs all levels. He has a degree in Exercise and Sport Science with concentration in rowing and soccer from University of Bacau, Romania and acquired his coaching skills during a long career as an Olympic rower. He is a 12 time member of the Romanian National Rowing Team and won medals in the Junior World Championships, the U23 World Championships, World Cups, and Senior World Championships. Following a sixth place finish in the Sydney Olympic Games, he coached the Romanian U23 National Team before coming to the US and developing the Greenwich Rowing Club Masters and Junior programs. He has also coached the girls crew at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, Connecticut. Costel is married with 2 children and lives in Westport, Connecticut.
Sharon graduated from Rutgers University in 1998 with a B.S. in Exercise Science and Sports Studies. She took up rowing in her freshman year and went on to lead the Scarlet Knights to many top finishes and was named MVP in her senior year. While at Rutgers Sharon also competed on the 1997 and 1998 USA Under 23 National Team, winning a silver medal at the 1998 Under 23 World Championships in Ioannina, Greece.
Sharon came to Saugatuck as a coach in the fall of 2000 and lead the masters and junior women to medals at The Head of the Charles, US Masters National Championships, World Masters Championships, Northeast Regional Junior Championships, and US Club National Championships. During that time she also continued her own rowing career in the single and won the elite single at the 2003 US National Championships. In 2005, in the bow seat of the US Women’s 8+, Sharon placed 3rd at the Munich World Cup Regatta and 4th at the World Championships in Gifu, Japan.
In November of 2006 she took over as the Saugatuck Director of Junior Rowing/Head Junior Boys Coach. Since then the Saugatuck Junior Team has sent many athlete on to row at top level college such as Harvard, Brown, Dartmouth, Columbia, Cornell, Yale, Princeton, Penn, Michigan, and Virginia. Several athletes have competed at the Junior World Championships and many medals have been won at the Head of the Charles, Youth National Championships and US Club National Championships.
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Former Olympian, FLORIAN came to U.S.A. in the Spring of 2004 after a successful career as member of Romanian National and Olympic Rowing Team for 13 years. He began rowing in 1990, at the age of 17 and was member of Steaua Bucharest – Army Club in ROMANIA, as junior and senior until he retired from competitive rowing in 2002. In his entire rowing career he got more then 150 medals and trophies in National Championships, International Regattas, U 23 Championships, World Cups, World Championships and Olympic Games. With a Bachelor Degree in Physical Education, Major in Rowing from University of Bacau – Romania (2000) , Florian is using his competitive experience in the field to coach Junior and Master level athletes competing for Saugatuck Rowing Club in National and International Regattas.
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Coach Gordon Getsinger has been in the rowing world for 14 years now and has coached for almost 5 of those years. Gordon started rowing at Salisbury school in Northwestern Connecticut and from there he went on to row at the University of California Berkeley on the division 1 circuit. In 2010 he picked back up his training again and moved back to the East Coast where he found Saugatuck and became the mens novice rowing coach. Since 2010 Gordon has coached in San Francisco at Norcal Crew, as well as in Asheville North Carolina at Asheville Youth Rowing Association. He has now come back to Saugatuck as a coach for the high school girls team and a coach for the masters men and women. Coach Gordon also does personal training up in the Saugatuck gym.
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Native of Bucharest Romania, Elena started rowing at the age of 13. She trained in Romania as a member of the National Team serving as a coxswain. Elena participated in the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow bringing home a bronze medal. She also participated in two World Championships and numerous international regattas. In 2005 she was recognized as a “Distinguished Coach” by the Romanian Rowing federation for having trained athletes in preparation for the Romanian National and Olympic teams. She started coaching at SRC in 2002 and she has been instrumental in the Club’s success in winning the National Championship Title five times since she started coaching.
Dave has been a Junior Boy’s Assistant Varsity Coach since the summer of 2011. His rowing career started at the Saugatuck Rowing Club in the fall of 2005. In the spring of 2006 Dave was a member of the LWT 8 that placed 5th at Nationals. That summer he started coaching the Learn to Row summer camps, which he did for 5 years. Dave was a 4 year varsity member on the Hobart College rowing team. He completed numerous times at the Head of the Charles regatta, IRA Championships and the Royal Henley Regatta. Dave holds a degree in History and American Studies from Hobart College.
Mike is a one of the newest members of the Saugatuck Junior Rowing Coaching Staff. His rowing career began in Philadelphia where he was a four-year member of the La Salle College Preparatory High School Crew Team. He was recruited by several Division 1 programs, and went on to row for the Syracuse University Orange. O’Hara was a 3 year Varsity Letterman during his four years at SU. Mike was a member of the team’s Freshmen 8 and then rowed stroke seat in the Varsity 8 as a Junior and Senior. He competed for Syracuse internationally at the Henley Royal Regatta and trained at the Fairmount Boat Club on Philly’s famed Boathouse Row during the summers.
When he is not coaching O’Hara is an actor and television writer. He trained at the Second City Theatre and toured nationally with a Celtic Rock band he cofounded while living in Los Angeles. Mike is also a rabid New York Yankees, Knicks, Giants and Rangers fan.
Jake Petterson is a native Westporter and alumnus of the Saugatuck Rowing Program. Jake rowed for Saugatuck from 2008 to 2012 before joining the Columbia University Heavyweight team.
Other than rowing, Jake’s passions include cooking and long distance backpacking. In 2015, Jake hiked 2,155 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail over 131 days.
In his time as the Men’s Junior Novice Coach, his boats are four for four in medaling at regattas, including two gold medals and two silver medals at the Mercer Lake Sprints and the Saratoga Invitational respectively. Jake remembers his time at Saugatuck fondly, and hopes to share a similarly excellent experience with today’s young rowers.
He hopes that you will wish his crews luck at the upcoming Lowell Invitational and Northeast Regional Championships.
Anna Petterson, who grew in Westport, is a Saugatuck alumn. She was a member of the competitive rowing team from 2009 to 2014. During her years there she was fortunate enough to be part of the first SRC eight to make it to an A final at Youth Nationals. During her time rowing there, she had the opportunity to row and medal in both sweep and sculling events all over the country. While she loved rowing, she also had a passion for horse back riding prior to discovering rowing. Being avid about both, she trained and competed in the two sports for the duration of her time at Saugatuck. After graduating, Anna joined the D1 Duke University Rowing team.She is excited to have the opportunity to return and coach the JV girls team in the hopes to help in the continued success of the club.
Randy Wilhelm, a native of Long Island, New York began rowing at Chaminade High School in 2000. He attended Fairfield University for undergrad and received his Bachelors in Psychology with a Minor in Philosophy. While at Fairfield he was captain of the men’s team for three years. Post graduation, he trained at NYAC and coached the Fairfield Men’s team to success at the New England Fours Championships, MAAC Championships, and the Dad Vail Regatta.
As a former member of the Romanian Olympic Team, Dobrita came to the U.S in 2006 after a successful career as a member of the Romanian National Team for 7 years. She began rowing in 1989 at the age of 14 and was a member of CSS2 Constanta rowing club as a junior levelathlete until 1993. She participated in the World Junior Championships as well as the World Senior Championships. Throughout her career, Dobrita competed in numerous International Regattas and won over 100 medals and trophies while she was part of the Romanian National Team. She graduated in 2001, earning a Bachelor Degree in Physical Education with a major in rowing from University of Bacau, Romania. Dobrita has been using her competitive experience in the field to coach Junior Level athletes at Saugatuck Rowing Club since the fall of 2011.
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