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Russell Giacobbe

Open Rowing Head Coach




Russell Giacobbe rejoins the Ann Arbor Rowing Staff as the Head Coach of the Open rowing program for spring 2016.  He continues to serve as the club's boatman.


Giacobbe also serves as the Freshman Rowing Coach at the University of Michigan where he has worked recruiting and training each of the last 5 freshman classes.  He has expanded the program's recruitment of high school athletes to an average of 10 students per class.  His crews have earned 16 medals at Dad Vails, ECACs and ACRA.


During the Summer of 2015 he served as an assistant coach for the United States World University Games  Team in Chunjui South Korea.  Giacobbe was responsible for the heavy and lightweight singles as well as the double.




Nick Stawowy

Head Coach Sculling, Technical Sweep, Learn to Scull (& Youth)


Nick rowed for Roosevelt High School and the Wyandotte Boat Club.  He began coaching the Rooselvelt HS novice girls in 1996 and then helped start Southgate Anderson's rowing program, where he remains the head coach.  He has also coached the junior programs and served as head coach for the Wyandotte Boat Club.  

Sara Gronewold


Sara began rowing at Boston University and was a member of BU’s Eastern Sprints and National Championship crew in 1992. After college, Sara trained with the Penn Athletic Club in Philadelphia, and earned a spot on the National Rowing Team with a Penn AC crew. Sara remained on the National Team, winning a gold and bronze medal at the World Championships in the women’s 4-, until retiring from competitive rowing in 2000.

As a coach, Sara emphasizes informed technique and training for excellent racing.  She is the current Director of the Ann Arbor Rowing Club, and has been a guest coach at Craftsbury Sculling Center since 2003. Sara also leads WRC’s Competitive Sculling Program.

Kathy Cook
Inclusive Head Coach

Kathy has been a licensed Physical Therapist for 27 years and began rowing at Ann Arbor Rowing Club in 2010.  She attended the US Rowing Adaptive course in 2014 and received her US Rowing Medical Classifier certification in 2015. She is in the process of completing her US Rowing Level 2 Coaching certification.


Kathy began coaching adaptive rowers in 2014 and now leads the AARC Inclusive Rowing Program.



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