Coaches and Staff
Sandy Armstrong | Executive Director & Varsity Girls
Coach Armstrong has been the Executive Director and Junior Women’s Head Coach at Marin Rowing since 1991. Most recently she was voted the 2013 “US Rowing Women of the Year.” Armstong spent three years as an assistant coach for the Junior Women’s National Team, bringing home one bronze (2011) and one silver (2012) medal in the Jr. Women’s 8+. Under her tenure, she has qualified for the Youth National Championships 16 out of the 17 year history of the Youth National Championships, bringing home 5 gold (2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014), 4 silver and 3 bronze medals from this event. Her Junior Women’s 8+ holds the Southwest Regional Championship record with 15 golds, 7 silver and 2 bronze. Prior to her tenure at Marin, she spent two years as the Varsity Women’s coach at Tulane University. She spent her first four years coaching as Marin’s novice/assistant coach from 1984 to 1988 following rowing for Redwood High School 1979-1982. Coach Armstrong sat on US Rowing Junior Women’s Committee for 10 years and currently sits on the SW Regional Rowing Board of Stewards, a position she has held since 1994. She has won numerous medals as a Masters rower at State, Regional and National regattas.
Rodrigo Rodrigues | Boatman and Facility & Varsity Girls Assistant
Chris Leonard & Zander Bonorris| Varsity Boys
Maggie Cheek | Novice Girls & Office Manager
Annie Couwenhoven | Novice Girls Assistant
Tim Humphrey | Novice Boys
Coach Tim Humphrey started rowing his freshmen year of high school, in Long Beach, CA, and continued rowing through college with Orange Coast College and then Indiana University. After graduating with a BFA in Sculpture, he went on to coach the IU club team. He also coached for Huron High School, Long Beach Junior Crew, and Newport Aquatic Center. Tim studied MFA Sculpture at Long Beach State before making the move to Marin, where he began coaching the novice boys in 2012.
His novice crews have medaled multiple times at the USRowing Southwest Championships over the past five years, including in 2013, when his boats won all five of the novice sweep events for the first time in the region’s history. He has had athletes go on to win multiple collegiate national titles as well as represent the United States at Junior, U23, and Senior World Championships.
Dan Felling | Novice Boys Assistant
John Kaitz| Advanced Masters Women
Axel began his rowing career at the age of 14 in Northeastern Germany at the Olympic Rowing Club in Rostock. He won the 2001 to 2004 national championships in Germany and was a member of the German National Team from 2001-2004, where he was a finalist at the U19 World Rowing Championships in 2002 and 2003. In 2006, Axel came to the University of California, Berkeley to row as a golden bear. At Cal, Axel won two Pac 10 championships, and one national championship at the IRA regatta. While at Cal, Axel coached the Cal Lightweight men for a season before moving to Africa for two years to work for Architecture for Humanity. Upon his return to the bay area, Axel began coaching the novice boys’ team at NorCal Crew in Redwood City. He coached the boys to their first team medals, including a bronze in the freshman eight and gold in the novice quad. Axel also coached the East Bay Rowing Club’s Master’s Men team from 2011-2013. When not coaching, Axel works as a construction manager in San Francisco.
Jon Allbin | Advanced Masters Men
Marc Batchelder | Master B
Marc Batchelder joined the coaching staff in 1996 and has coached both our high school novice men and our adult programs to great success. Marc is an outstanding athlete and spent his college years rowing for UCLA, winning the Pac-10 Championship in 1989. Marc is currently the coach of our adult programs from Intermediate to Master B. He is an avid rower, climber and adventurer.
Felix Meier | Novice Masters Coach, Adult Sculling & M2R’s
Felix began rowing as a high school freshman at Berkeley High School, looking for a multi-season sport that combined his love of boats and team sports. His competitive rowing career lasted through high school and through two years at UC Berkeley. By the time he graduated from UC Berkeley in 2015, he spent three years coaching rowing and many more teaching in other on the San Francisco Bay. If it’s too windy to row, you might see him windsurfing off of San Quentin!
Besides his previous boating experience, Felix credits his years in physical therapy at the end of his rowing career (as a patient, then an intern) in shaping his coaching philosophy. Since joining Marin Rowing, Felix has worked with adult rowers of every level, but mostly those new to rowing or new to rowing small boats.
Morgan Fenner | Advanced Alums
Morgan began rowing for Capital Crew in Sacramento prior to rowing at Cal where she stroked the Freshmen 8+ that finshed second at the San Diego Crew Classic. She completed her Freshman year stroking the JV 8+ at the NCAA Championships. After retiring from competitive rowing, she took up sculling at the Open Water Rowing Center where she is a Manager and Coach. Morgan coached the Berkeley High Novice Boy’s team for 6 seasons before joining us as Sandy’s Assistant Coach for the Varsity Girls. She now works as the Advanced Alums coach at the MRA. Morgan is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Certified Personal Trainer (NASM), Performance Enhancing Specialist (NASM) and as a Fitness Nutritional Specialist (NASM).
Amanda Cashman-Harvey | Youth Sculling
Amanda joined the staff in 2001 after an outstanding collegiate coxing and coaching career. Amanda began coxing at Philips Academy and her accomplishments as a cox over the many years following include six victories at the Head of the Charles, in championship eights, championship fours, lightweight fours and lightweight eights (three times). She is also a veteran of many National team camps, having won numerous USRowing Championship medals as a member of the Boston Rowing Center. As coach she has put in coaching stints as freshman coach at Dartmouth, Princeton and Radcliffe and as varsity coach at Deerfield Academy and coach on the US national team and assistant coach to the Hong Kong Olympic team.