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Coaches

Coaches

Laura Riekki

Laura has coached junior, collegiate and masters athletes since 2003, and has been with the Orlando Rowing Club since 2006. Although a competitively focused coach, she views real success as instilling a technical proficiency and love of the sport that rowers will carry with them for years to come. She coaches individual sculling, erg technique, learn to row programs and sweep programs, with a preference for eights.

Laura began rowing at Rollins College and rowed in the NCAA championships 2002 and 2003, and has competed as a master sculler and rower regionally and nationally. When she’s not on the water, she enjoys creating oil paintings of the sport.

Coaching highlights include a 5th place finish at US Rowing’s Scholastic Nationals for the Bishop Moore girls, and WIRA bronze and silver medals for the University of Oregon in the women’s 4+ and men’s 4+, respectively, with both fours achieving bronze in the Pac-10 Conference’s Pacific Coast Rowing Championships. As the head boys coach for OARS, she coached a large squad to numerous state and regional medals as well as 12th and 13th place finishes in the eights at US Rowing’s Youth Nationals championships. She led the Orlando Rowing Club in 2008 as they captured the All Points trophy at the Head of the Hooch for the first time in club history, and for two years afterward. Laura served as the Orlando Rowing Club’s head coach and administrator from 2008-2010, and brought together the Florida Masters community during that time as the FMRA in order to promote and grow the sport across the state.

Certifications include USRowing Level III coaching, Red Cross first aid and CPR.

Andrew Rouse

Andrew Rouse has been involved in the Central Florida rowing community since 2009 where he learned how to row at Lyman High School. He has since gone on to row and coach at the high school, collegiate, and elite level. Andrew is currently the Head Coach/Boathouse Director across Lake Fairview for Lake Brantley Rowing Association.

Andrew graduated from Stetson University in the spring of 2017 with a degree in Public Management. During his time at Stetson, he competed on the varsity men’s rowing team for four years, while serving as captain his senior year. Andrew was a part of growing the program from two athletes racing a pair, to over twenty athletes producing competitive results in the varsity eight event.

In addition to his rowing career at Stetson, Andrew has also rowed competitively for Potomac Boat Club in Washington DC and Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia, winning multiple events at USRowing’s Club National Championships and additionally a gold medal at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. Additionally, Andrew has also competed at national team trial events and has served as a member of the Oklahoma City National High Performance Center, a designated USOC Training Site.

Andrew has also served as the Head Freshmen/Novice Coach at Purdue University. During his time spent at Purdue, Andrew’s crews rowed to win various medals at major regattas across the Midwest.

 

Denise Danenberg

Denise started sculling in 2003 when her daughter joined the rowing club at Bishop Moore HS. Medaling at several local and National racing events such as Sunshine States, Halifax, Gainesville and even the Hooch, Denise decided she would like to share her passion for rowing with other adults.  In 2013 her coaching career began by obtaining a US Rowing Coach Level II Certificate, Red Cross First Aid Certification and CPR Certification.  She has focused her coaching career mainly on teaching adults how to scull although she did spend some time with North Orlando Rowing Club helping to develop their middle school program.
Her unique coaching style, rowing along side her students in her own single, is geared toward helping a beginner feel comfortable on the water.  This coaching style also allows the student to observe the rowing stroke from start to finish. She believes the correctly executed rowing technique is not only necessary to succeeding in this challenging sport, it is also important to avoiding possible injuries.  Denise implements drills in her coaching lesson which will challenge a rower’s balance, an element crucial to becoming a confident sculler.  As a senior citizen herself, she has come to realize the importance of balance in everyday life and how rowing can be a very vital component of this.  Every lesson is followed by a discussion and video analysis.

Margaret Ellison