NBRC supports equally both sweep rowing” (crew) and sculling. NBRC supports members who train and those who race. Our growing Juniors team makes us proud, and our “Masters”, a USRowing term indicating rowers aged 21 and up, are awesome too.
Will has been involved with rowing for close to 30 years. His career started in the fall of 1986 when he joined the Oakland Strokes. While there, he was a three-year member of the Varsity 8+ and won the state championship in 1989. As a senior, he was recruited to UC Berkeley (Cal). While there, his freshman 8+ was undefeated until the national championships and finished the season second in the nation. Will went on to earn varsity letters in each of his next three seasons at UC Berkeley and was named first team All Pac-10 in 1995. As a senior, he won both the Jim Lemmon Award (for a collegiate career undefeated on Cal’s home course), and the Dean Witter Award (for loyalty, proficiency and spirit, as voted by his teammates).
After college, Will coached as a graduate assistant at Cal and then as the strength coach and assistant varsity coach at Marin Rowing Association. Since taking the Juniors Head Coach position at NBRC, he has focused on building a strong foundation for a thriving program. In the last two years, the program has more than doubled in size and has started winning races in one of the fastest regions in the country. These successes drive his continued efforts to build a program where athletes realize their full potential in high school and beyond. Several recent graduates are now rowing for Division I and Division II colleges.
Tara Foley is a recent addition to North Bay Rowing Club. She began her career in high school rowing for Los Gatos Rowing Club. She attended Club Nationals both years in the varsity 8 boat where they finished 4th in 2009 and 5th in 2010.
Tara was recruited by the University of Michigan to begin her career as a DI athlete. Over her four years at Michigan, she raced in a variety of different boats starting freshmen year with her stroking the Novice 8 to a BIG 10 gold medal. Sophomore year she raced in the 1, 2, and 3rd varsity fours with a BIG 10 silver medal as well as finishing her Junior year in the 2nd varsity 8 that claimed the BIG 10 title that went went on to race at NCAA. Her senior year, Tara was co-team captain of the team, she spent the entire season in the 1V8, place 2nd at BIG Tens and placed 5th in the Grand Final at NCAA and the Wolverines finished the 2014 season ranked 8th in the country.
After graduating from Michigan, Tara moved back to the San Jose area and coached in the Masters Program for Los Gatos Rowing Club. Since then, she has moved to the North Bay to coach the Women’s Junior team at North Bay. She is very excited to be part of the team and the Petaluma community.
I grew up in the Bay Area and have had a love for water–specifically rowing– from a young age. I joined Marin Rowing Team (Redwood back then) in high school and began practicing and competing. Crew helped me develop discipline and gave me a vision for rowing in college…. Not to mention keeping me out of trouble while I completed high school. I competed in a four and an eight at National Championships during the summer of my sophomore year.
While attending Sacramento State I competed four years on the rapidly developing crew coached by Bob Whitford. We had some great years in terms of competition and performance as well as some challenging ones as the program grew. My senior year we spent a lot of time sculling and competed in a quad that won Pacific Coast Championships.
Over these past twenty plus years I have coached and taught PE in a k-12 school in Novato. I spent seven years in Washington state working as the director of a ranch for troubled young men ages 18-25. I have been back in the Bay Area for almost five years working as a pastor at a church in Novato as well as running a construction business.
I am thrilled to be part of the coaching staff and working with new rowers on the fundamentals. Having a good foundation and understanding the rowing stroke sets the stage for a lifetime of competitive and recreational rowing.
I have been involved with the juniors program for the past 5 years. When I joined the team, there were only around 10 rowers involved. Over the years, I have been able to watch our program grow and become faster every year. After graduating high school, I was hired as a coach and look forward to helping our program grow even further.
Steve came to North Bay in 2010 with a lengthy and accomplished rowing background including four years of crew (three years varsity) at Stanford, numerous western regional sculling titles in the 1980’s, and a national sculling championship in the doubles in 1984. He continued with the sport at the Masters (age group) levels and won numerous titles in Europe between 1999 and 2005 as a member of the Tideway Scullers School in London.
His coaching background includes one year as the Head Men’s Coach at Cal State Long Beach, where his crew won a Western Sprints title, and the past three years at North Bay.
Through his experience, Steve has learned direct lessons from a number of national and international level coaches and is excited to be able to apply these lessons now at the club level.
Steven Genise, Masters Novice Coach
Steve began rowing ten years ago at a high school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, earning several medals at both the Club and Scholastic National Championships in sculling events. After graduating, he rowed as a lightweight for UC Berkeley, where he was stroke of the Varsity 8+ and Varsity 4+ for three years, winning 2 Western Sprints titles in the 4+ and placing 3rd in the 8+, as well as a Grand Final finish at Dad Vails in Philadelphia. He has previously coached juniors and masters at Pittsburgh Rowing Club, as well as novice lightweight women at Cal.
I enjoy evoking the skills needed to discover the beauty of rowing in either a single or team boat, especially amidst the spectacular gift of the Petaluma River. Still relatively new to rowing, I remember the challenge of initial learning whenever I work with beginners. While my rowing prowess is as yet unremarked in Rowing News, I rowed bow of a quad to the fastest time ever for an NBRC boat in a head race. Once a national-class cyclist, I understand the dedication required to excel as an athlete, and have experience as a teacher of environmental policy, ski mountaineering, and yes, Cajun dance. I love rowing, pick up tips voraciously (including those offered by Buzz Congram and US National Coach Tim McLaren), share the best in writing for members, and am a Level II US Rowing Coach.