Tim Franck – Head Coach
Coach: Varsity Junior Girls; Competitive Masters
Phone: (314) 489-2017
Tim joined the St. Louis Rowing Club (SLRC) as Head Coach in August 2005. He personally coaches the SLRC’s Competitive Adult Program (Masters) and the SLRC Varsity Girls. In addition to his other responsibilities as Head Coach, he recruits for the SLRC Competitive Youth Rowing Program and has grown the Youth Program from 30 kids to over 140 young athletes from a variety of schools throughout the greater St. Louis area. Tim is also an executive committee member of the Midwest Junior Rowing Association.
Since Tim has coached the Varsity Girls, they have won 16 Midwest Championships and finished in the top 10 at the National Championships 13 times. His Masters crews have won many National Championship medals, including gold in 2017.
Tim’s Varsity Girls have been recruited to row at many prestigious colleges, including: Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Williams, Brown, UPenn, Cal-Berkeley, Dartmouth, Michigan, US Naval Academy, Boston College, MIT, Indiana, UNC, Tulsa, Tennessee, Clemson, SMU, Alabama, Kansas, Hamilton, Wisconsin, Northeastern, Oklahoma, UMiami, and others.
Prior to joining the SLRC: Tim learned to row at the Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club (CJRC), where, as a senior, he stroked the boys’ eight to victory at the National Championships. That experience was followed with a rowing scholarship to Northeastern University, a perennial power in men’s rowing. Following graduation, Tim returned to Cincinnati and spent five years as the Novice Boys’ coach with CJRC, where his crews won 93% of their races.
Pat Bronder – Assistant Coach
Coach: Recreational Masters; Varsity Junior Boys, Assist.
Pat joined SLRC in 2010 as coach for the Recreational Masters. In 2017, he added the position of assistant coach for the Varsity Boys with Michael O’Gorman.
Pat started rowing with the University of Massachusetts Amherst Rowing Club in the Fall of 1977. There, he competed in the varsity heavyweight 8+ and with his team accomplished 1st and 3rd place finishes at the Dad Vail regatta in 1980 and 1981. Those successes spurred him on to row for Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia for over 10 years (where he met his future wife Debbi, also a rower). As an elite heavyweight, Pat competed with and against many of the top rowers in the US and the world striving to make the US national team; he is one of a select few to have ever beaten Mike Teti in a straight pair during Teti’s tenure as a national team member. He was the last rower cut from the national team pre-camp trial following men’s nationals in 1985. He won the gold medal in the straight pair at the Olympic Sport Festival in Baton Rouge in 1985 and the silver medal in the men’s heavyweight double at the Houston Olympic Sports Festival in 1986. Pat’s prior coaching experience includes the University of Massachusetts novice men in 1981-82 and the Temple novice men in 1983-84.
Pat is the proud parent of three children. His youngest has followed in her parents footsteps and was a co-captain of the Kansas State Wildcats’ women’s crew.
Pat is a practicing chiropractor at Atrium Health Services in Frontenac, MO.
Coach: Varsity Boys
Phone: (312) 593-8040
Michael began coxing at Edgewater High School in Orlando, Florida, and went on to cox for Florida Athletic Club, the University of Pennsylvania, Vesper Boat Club, and Boston Rowing Center.
Michael was in the USA Lightweight 8+ at the World Championships every year from 1987 through 1992, winning a Silver Medal and two Bronze Medals. He was in Lightweight 8+’s that won the Elite National Championship six times, the Head of the Charles four times, and the San Diego Crew Classic twice.
Michael coached the Senior Women at Vesper Boat Club from 1992 through 1994, where crews he coached won thirteen Intermediate and Senior National Championships. Several athletes he helped develop went on to win an Olympic Medal or a World Championship, or both.
Michael coached the Chicago Rowing Center, a women’s team, from 2000 through 2007, where crews he coached won six Intermediate and Senior National Championships and seven Masters National Championships in the ‘A’ classification. One crew won the Head of the Charles and three others won medals at the Head of the Charles. Of the athletes he helped develop, one went on to represent the USA at the Under-23 World Championships and one went on to win an Olympic Silver Medal for Canada.
Michael has also coached at Northeast Catholic High School (in Philadelphia), Harriton High School (with a crew winning the Philadelphia City Championships in the Lightweight 8+), the University of Texas, Stetson University, Lincoln Park Boat Club, and Crystal Lake Rowing Club. He was an assistant at two USA Senior Women’s National Team Winter Camps.
Kerry Bryan – Assistant Coach
Coach: Novice Junior Girls; Adult Intermediates
Phone: (314) 307-0890
Kerry started rowing with SLRC as a freshman in high school. Her novice coach quickly transitioned her to coxing where she spent the rest of her racing career. With SLRC, she competed in the finals of the Canadian Henley, Independence Day Regatta and USRowing Youth Nationals. As a Junior, she also coxed for the Masters teams where she competed in the Head in the Charles and won a gold medal at the USRowing Masters National Championships. She was recruited to cox at the University of Wisconsin where she was a team co-captain for two years. During the Summer of 2005, she competed with the USRowing Men’s Development Camp and won gold medals at USRowing National Championship and Canadian Henley. After college, she coached for Camp Randall Rowing Club for a season where her Women’s Youth 4+ placed 5th at the Head of the Charles. She then left to travel throughout Southeast Asia and Europe for a year before returning home to St. Louis. She spends her free time traveling with her husband or training for half marathons and triathlons. She is excited to be back on the water with SLRC!
Coach: Adult Intermediates
In addition to coaching the Intermediate Masters, she enjoys running, cycling, and swimming. In her day job, she raises money to help homeless, neglected, and abused animals at the Humane Society of Missouri.
Catherine Woodburn – Assistant Coach
Coach: Novice Junior Girls, Assist.
Trish Milla – Assistant Coach
Coach: Novice Junior Boys
Trish began her rowing career at SLRC in a summer learn-to-row class in 2006, and walked on to the varsity team at Boston College that fall. She graduated from BC in 2009 and, upon returning to St. Louis, started coaching at SLRC. Trish has spent time coaching with the adult Intermediates, Novice Girls, Varsity Girls, and now is the fearless leader of the Novice Boys. She continues to row with the Competitive Masters.
Ned Wood – Assistant Coach
Coach: Varsity Junior Girls, Assist.
Phone: (319) 331-4907
Ned began rowing in 1968 as a freshman in Belmont Hill School in Boston. Three years later he was co-captain (with his twin brother) of the national championship high school crew. He then rowed at Brown University under the coaching of Vic Michalson. His first coaching job was assisting Bill Stowe as Freshman coach at the United States Coast Guard Academy, and during his two-year tenure he coached a Heavyweight crew that finished 2nd at the Dad Vail Regatta and a Lightweight crew which defeated Cornell, Penn, Princeton and Yale on route to an undefeated season and a Dad Vail championship. After beginning to develop his sculling skills at the Club Deportivo de Puerto Sajonia in Asunción, Paraguay, he returned to Noble & Greenough School in Boston to coach the Boys Varsity crews at for 10 years. In 1997 he moved to Iowa City, where he worked for several years as the Coordinator of Rowing. Now he can be found many summer mornings at sunrise touring Creve Coeur Lake in his single.
Ned is a Spanish teacher at John Burroughs School and father of Perrin Salewood, a 12th grade student and varsity rower. His wife, Hillary Sale, is a professor of Law at Washington University.
Steve Giddings – Assistant Coach
Coach: Advanced Adult Sculling; Novice Junior Boys, Assist.
Phone: (314) 517-0866
Steve has been messing around in boats pretty much all his life, trying to make them go faster. He spent his childhood summers on a lake in New Hampshire. His parents put him into a rowing dory at age two, anchored him to a long rope and let him row back and forth for hours. He took to sailboats and was driving the family motor boat unchaperoned by age four. He was a boys’ camp sailing instructor and counsellor as a teen. He eventually went on to row in college.
When their daughter took up rowing in 1991, Steve and his wife became involved in SLRC. Like many rowing parents, they volunteered as chaperones, van drivers and towed the club trailer, among other things. When their daughter went off to selection camp in the summer of 1994, he got on her erg and was soon inspired to get back on the water.
Since 1994, Steve has been a competitive master and sculler. He was also the Club’s president from 1997 to 2004. He is a dedicated student of the sport and enjoys reading, watching videos, training and has gone to week-long sculling camp almost every year since 2001. Steve started coaching in the 90’s and completed both Level 1 and 2 coach training from US Rowing.
He now coaches adult (and occasionally junior) scullers, coaches the Novice Boys two or more days a week, and fills in elsewhere, as needed.
What motivates him is just being on the water, working to the best of his ability, being at one with the boat, the water, the outdoors, and having the chance to share that amazing experience with others.
Dean has always enjoyed athletics ranging from waterskiing to cycling to competitive running. He bought an erg for cross training and after a few million meters became interested in on-the-water rowing. Dean has rowed with the Competitive Masters for a number of years and, along with some very hard-working crewmates, has medaled at all the crew’s regional regattas, as well as, the Masters Nationals. He believes developing a feel for the boat is one of the most valuable skills a rower can attain.
Dean has seen how participation in athletics has made a positive influence on people of all skill ranges and sees coaching as a way to contribute to developing athletes. He is also a coach for the St. Louis Warriors indoor track team which, like SLRC, draws athletes from high schools across the region.
Dean holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, a Masters in Electrical Engineering from The University of Illinois and a graduate certification in Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems from Washington University.
Dean is part of The Boeing Company’s Phantom Works business responsible for developing new concepts for emerging programs.
Jaclyn Wagner-Boyle – Assistant Coach
Coach: Adult Novice Sculling
Phone: (314) 705-1407
Jaclyn learned to scull at a very young age and has been involved in the sport ever since. She was a Division I rower for the women’s crew at Rutgers University, where she was a three year varsity letter winner, two year captain and competed in the NCAA.
Jaclyn spent numerous summers coaching at the Craftsbury Sculling Center and went on to be the Assistant Director for Black Bear Sculling Camp for 12 years. She has coached various high school programs over the years, including Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School, Westfield High School, and St. Joseph’s High School. Most recently, Jaclyn taught First Grade and coached the freshmen/novice squad at The Haverford School, resulting in her crews winning Philadelphia City Champs, Stotesbury Cup Regatta, and SRAA Nationals.
Currently, she is coaching the Adult Novice Sculling program at SLRC and enjoyed working with the Varsity Girls crew and Juniors summer program.