Coaching Staff

Head Coach:

Laura Rush

Coach Laura Rush began as a sweep rower for Mercyhurst College from ’97-’01 where she held the school 2k erg record until 2011. Her love and admiration for the sport led her to begin her career as a coach at Lake Lanier Rowing Club. There she trained the Juniors & Masters in sweep and sculling. Rush, herself, began sculling at Lanier alongside some veteran and aspiring National Team members. 

 

Rush then moved to Philly for graduate work at Temple University and to immerse herself in a larger rowing community. During her studies, she coached Temple’s Novice women. She ultimately moved on to coach at the University of Pennsylvania (Collegiate Novice Women), Vesper Boat Club (Pre-elite women), and Villanova University (Collegiate Varsity & Novice Men). Rush also worked the summer sculling program at PGRC in Philly, coaching Master’s rowers again.

 

After a break in coaching, Laura landed at Carnegie Mellon as their head coach. Most recently, she has worked with Junior’s rowers at Montgomery Bell Academy & the Nashville Rowing Club. With Nashville, she ran the Development teams for both the Junior’s and Masters and offered private sculling lessons.

 

Her experience has included teaching rowers of all ages and abilities-even one blind woman who’s excitement for the sport is still an inspiration to Rush. Laura enjoys sharing and teaching this sport to any and all up for the adventure.

Assistant Coaches:

John O'Brien

Evan Melcher

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