Coaching Staff 2022

COACHING STAFF

Head Coach

Brandon D’Orazio

 

Tell us about your Rowing & Coaching background? 
I began rowing in grade 9 and never looked back. I rowed throughout high school & university and then began coaching competitively. While rowing competitively for Brock’s varsity team I continued to coach the winter spring summer programs with SNRC until I left to pursue a master’s degree in Ireland.  
What was your area of study in school?
Fitness and Health Promotions, Kinesiology, and I hold a MSc in Strength and Conditioning Coaching. I am also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
As part of the Board of Directors, what are you looking forward to most as the VP of Rowing? 
Sharing my knowledge and passion for rowing and coaching. I look forward to giving back to the sport and unifying SNRC coaches and club athletes
What is your favorite workout/drill on the water, and why?

You can coach the boat, the blade, and the body. Incorporating pause drills provide versatility for beginners through to competitive athletes.

 

What is your coaching “catch phrase”?If you fail to plan then you are planning to fail

 

Lead Coach – Competitive: Sophia Buzzell

 

Where do/did you go to school and what program(s) do/did you study?

E.L Crossley 2017 Grad, Rutgers University 2017-2018, Brock University 2018-2022 Medical Science

What is your favourite workout/drill on the water, and why?

Backdown progressions. To allow maximal engagement and connection through each part of the stroke. As well as, it allows athletes to feel the active muscle groups with the additional weight on the blade.

What is the most important thing another athlete has taught you?

Emily Brettell taught me to always strive for more and never take anything for granted. She was the definition of resilience.

What is your coaching “catch phrase”?

“Take it one stroke at a time”

Why did you get into coaching?

As an athlete I thought I just loved the sport, but after leaving it I realized I missed the competitive atmosphere and the team spirit the most. As a coach I get the opportunity to help a new generation of rowers find just that.

Lead Coach – Masters: Jacob Gula

Where do/did you go to school and what program(s) do/did you study?

What is your favourite workout/drill on the water, and why?

What is the most important thing another athlete has taught you?

What is your coaching “catch phrase”?

Why did you get into coaching?

Lead Coach – Non-Competitive: Shannon Van Baalen

Where do/did you go to school and what program(s) do/did you study?

High school: EL Crossley
University: Brock University (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education and Masters of Education)
Teacher: DSBN

What is your favourite workout/drill on the water, and why?

I love leap frog or any workout where you have other boats to push off of. It’s a great way to get used to being by other crews while coming together as a crew.

What is the most important thing another athlete has taught you?

I have had so many great teammates and coaches over the years who have all taught me something new and amazing about the sport that I didn’t know before. I will forever be grateful for Pete Somerwil who gave me the strength to believe in myself, not just as an athlete, but as a person. His support over the years means the world to me.

What is your coaching “catch phrase”?

“Just have fun, because rowing is fun”

Why did you get into coaching?

In high school, rowing changed my life and gave me a place where I belonged for the first time. It was a community that I didn’t know I needed. I owe every success that I have ever had to what the sport has taught me and the opportunities it has provided me. I figured that if I could share my passion of the sport with others, then maybe the sport can be that place and community for someone else.

Senior Coach – Competitive: Carley Couroux

Where do/did you go to school and what program(s) do/did you study?

I just graduated from Welland Centennial High School but I’m going to Brock for Physical Education.

What is your favourite workout/drill on the water, and why?

My favorite drill is Cut the Cake because it teaches the rowers to slow down, and it takes a lot of focus to stay in time.

What is the most important thing another athlete has taught you?

How to row with a smile on my face. It’s easy to get caught up in drills, workouts, or races but ultimately rowing is something that I love to do and something that I take for granted too often.

What is your coaching “catch phrase”?

“Hold your position 3”

Why did you get into coaching?

I got into coaching because I wanted to further my knowledge in the sport. As an athlete I always wanted to go more in depth with the proper technique and as a coach I can keep learning.

Senior Coach – Competitive: Sarah Fuller

Where do/did you go to school and what program(s) do/did you study?

I went to Queens University and studied biology with a minor in geology.

 

What is your favourite workout/drill on the water, and why?

My favourite workout rush in catch. I like it because it is hard and challenges the athletes. It challenges both the physical and mental side for the athlete.

 

What is the most important thing another athlete has taught you?

If you give them the confidence, anything is possible. Coaching to be confident goes a long way.

 

What is your coaching “catch phrase”?

Give them hope at the beginning of the race, then tear it away at the end!

 

Why did you get into coaching?

As an athlete I loved the sport so much, that I wanted to share my love for rowing with other athletes and create an environment where they feel the same way.

Senior Coach – Masters: Eve Belfry

Where do/did you go to school and what program(s) do/did you study?

I just graduated from Saint-Jean-de-Brébeuf and will be going to l’université de Montréal for a general year in September.

What is your favourite workout/drill on the water, and why?

Wide grip

What is the most important thing another athlete has taught you?

A practice isn’t good or bad because of where you were in relation to other people. It’s just how you felt or how you improved.

What is your coaching “catch phrase”?

“If you have a bad stroke just let it go and focus on the next one”

Why did you get into coaching?

I wanted to learn more about the sport and coaching gives you the opportunity to learn about every aspect of the sport

Senior Coach – Masters: Riley O’Neill

Where do/did you go to school and what program(s) do/did you study?

I’m a History Major at the University of Oklahoma.

What is your favourite workout/drill on the water, and why?

My favorite workout is tech day. I love being able to work on technique with a boat that I haven’t worked with before or a new lineup of athletes. I like the spontaneous progression of drills that can happen when we work together to improve a certain part of the stroke or overall technical performance.

What is the most important thing another athlete has taught you?

The most important thing another athlete has taught me is how to have fun in the coxswain seat. My stroke seat in Oklahoma became a great friend of mine this past semester and made our tough season more than enjoyable. She helped me continue to love our sport and helped me learn that I can always be learning something new.

What is your coaching “catch phrase”?

“When you’re green, you grow. When you’re ripe, you rot”

Why did you get into coaching?

As a coxswain I fell in love with the sport of rowing. I decided early on that I wanted rowing to be a part of my life for a very long time. I went to college in the US knowing that it was getting my foot in the door for a coaching career down the road. What I didn’t intend was also falling in love with learning. I changed my major to History this past semester because of this. My joy for coaching and coxing has led me to my academic passion, and has given me the opportunity to continue learning as I strive to coach for a university.

Senior Coach – Non-Competitive: Sierra Humphries

Where do/did you go to school and what program(s) do/did you study?

I am going to Brock for Primary/Junior Education.

What is your favourite workout/drill on the water, and why?

I love ending a workout with a 250 m sprint! It is so much fun and always ends a workout nice and strong!

What is the most important thing another athlete has taught you?

I think that the athletes that come to practice with the most positive attitudes help teach everyone else to do the same!

What is your coaching “catch phrase”?

“How are we feeling?”. I always want to make sure that my athletes are feeling ok and are able to move on to the next piece, especially during hot summer days.

Why did you get into coaching?

I got into coaching because I had been rowing for many years and was excited about the possibility to help teach new rowers as well as help the more experienced rowers improve even more.

Junior Coach: Cole Bujan

Where do/did you go to school and what program(s) do/did you study?

Lakeshore Catholic High School.

What is your favourite workout/drill on the water, and why?

My favourite drill is the 3x 2k as I can track each 2k time and see my personal improvements.

What is the most important thing another athlete has taught you?

What keeps me going is not winning, but the quest for reaching my personal best.

What is your coaching “catch phrase”?

“Work as a team”

Why did you get into coaching?

I want to coach because of my love for the sport and I want to be able to share this with others. I think this opportunity will also make me a better athlete by learning through them as well.

Junior Coach: Sarah Couroux

Where do/did you go to school and what program(s) do/did you study?

Kinesiology at Brock University

What is your favourite workout/drill on the water, and why?

I like steady state technique days on the water, just going out and working on drills.

What is your coaching “catch phrase”?

I don’t really have one yet, I’m working on it!

Why did you get into coaching?

I wanted to gain experience working with athletes and get involved at the rowing club again.

Junior Coach: Ella Felker

Where do/did you go to school and what program(s) do/did you study?

E.L. Crossley

What is your favourite workout/drill on the water, and why?

Rigger dips because they’re just fun to do.

What is the most important thing another athlete has taught you?

Patience.

What is your coaching “catch phrase”?

“It’s okay, continue rowing”

Why did you get into coaching?

I wanted to help people/kids learn how to row and make it fun for them.

Junior Coach: Emma VanDyk

Where do/did you go to school and what program(s) do/did you study?

I was homeschooled since 3rd grade.

What is your favourite workout/drill on the water, and why?

My favourite drill/ workout on the water is the 2x2ks and the drill. I like is squaring early.

What is the most important thing another athlete has taught you?

Most important thing an other athlete has taught me is to always be positive and have fun.

What is your coaching “catch phrase”?

I don’t have one yet.

Why did you get into coaching?

I got into coaching because I love the sport and want to teach people what I love.

Junior Coach: Abby Welch Where do/did you go to school and what program(s) do/did you study?

Welland Centennial.

What is your favourite workout/drill on the water, and why?

My favourite drill on the water is cut the cake because I think its lots of fun and it helped teach me to keep my blades off the water.

What is the most important thing another athlete has taught you?

Perseverance, getting through the bad days to get to the good ones.

What is your coaching “catch phrase”?

I don’t have a coaching catch phrase yet!

Why did you get into coaching?

I got into coaching so that I could help others get into the sport I enjoy.