Sandy Armstrong enters her twenty eighth season as the Marin Junior Women's Head Coach & Executive Director in 2018-19.
In 2013 Armstrong was named "US Rowing Women of the Year." Armstrong 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.
Armstrong currently resides in San Anselmo.
Tim Humphrey | Novice Boys
Novice Boys Head Coach
Tim Humphrey enters his seventh season as Marin Novice Men’s Head Coach in 2018-19.
His novice crews have medaled multiple times at the USRowing Southwest Championships over the past six 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.
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.
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.
Novice Boys Assistant
Dan Felling enters his third season as Novice Men’s Assistant Coach in 2018-19.
Novice Girls Head Coach & Office Manager
Maggie Cheek enters her second season as the Marin Novice Women's Head Coach in 2018-19.
In her first season with the Novice Girls, Cheek lead the Novice Girls in earning three gold medals and one bronze at the USRowing Southwest Championships. The N8+ A captured a title at the San Diego Crew Classic.
Prior to Marin Rowing, Cheek helped coach the Stanford Lightweight team to two national titles in the varsity eight and varsity four in 2015, the first school to sweep the two events at IRA’s. In 2014 she helped coach the team to two second place finishes in the varsity eight and varsity four category.
Before coaching Cheek spent her time working at various startups in San Francisco as an Account Executive. As a collegiate rower, she won a gold medal in the Varsity 4+ at the NCAA National Championships as a sophomore in 2008. Her freshman year she won a gold medal in the Varsity 4+ at the 2007 Pac-10 Championships and finished fifth at Nationals. She graduated in 2010 with a degree in political science, concentrating in law, societies and justice.
Cheek grew up in Mill Valley, California and was a coxswain under Sandy Armstrong between 2002-2006. She graduated in 2006 as a three-year letterwinner and earned a bronze medal in the Lightweight Varsity 8+ her senior year at Nationals. She graduated from Tamalpais High School.
Cheek currently resides in San Francisco.
Steven Oesterich | Novice Boys Assistant
Steven Oesterich enters his sixth season as Marin Novice Men’s Assistant Coach in 2018-19.