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
John Kaitz has been a coach for 30 years. His philosophy is simple: mindful preparation with a disciplined work ethic is the key to success. His coaching philosophy has proven successful in the world of rowing, with over 30 National Championships, and a World Championship, in multiple events with Masters Rowing alone at Marin Rowing Association.
John started his coaching career at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In his first season there, he took a group of young athletes who had never rowed before and turned them into Pac-10 champions. Two of his rowers went on to finish that first season as National Champions in the I.R.A. Open 4- a varsity event- which he coached. His second year there, his team won the Pac-10 title again, in the lightweight event.
John’s collegiate coaching experience also includes UCLA and Stanford, but he has always had a fondness for Marin Rowing Association. In 2014, he returned to Marin to coach elite rower Matt Brown. John prepared Matt for the Olympic Trials, and Matt turned that preparation into an unfathomable feat, crossing the Atlantic with three other rowers in world record time.
John is also an elite trainer. His clients include Jonny Moseley, Michelle Roark, and Michelle O’Keefe. He trained Jonny for the 2002 Olympics, and Michelle Roark for the 2006 and 2010 Olympics. Other clients include Gregory Peck (yes, that one), Cecilia Peck (actor, director), Stephan Jenkins (Third Eye Blind).
John got his Masters Degree from University of San Francisco in Sports and Fitness Management in 1997. John rowed, and played football, at the University of California, Berkeley, while getting his BA degree in Sports Management/Kinesiology in 1988. John is a father to Mariah and Chaz, his best accomplishments to date, other than getting Milda, his wife, to marry him.
Jon Allbin | Advanced Masters Men
Jon joined the MRA coaching staff in 2017 and coaches the Masters men. Jon is privileged to have rowed for John Pescatore at Saint Ignatius and Craig Amerkhanian and Steve Gladstone at Cal. From 2000-06, Jon served as the Freshmen/Novice coach at Stanford University for Coach Amerkhanian. Jon noted the following about MRA: “On the West Coast, there is really nothing like the culture established years ago. I call it a privilege and honor to work here as we challenge assumptions for what is possible in rowers in their 30’s through 70’s.” Whether someone is relatively new to rowing or returning from a hiatus, he welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with new additions to the squad.
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.