Tim Franck – Head Coach
Coach: Varsity Junior Girls; Competitive Masters
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 boys and girls 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 13 Midwest Championships and finished in the top 10 at the National Championships 8 times. His Masters crews have won many National Championship medals, including gold in 2014.
Tim’s Varsity Girls have been recruited to row at many prestigious colleges, including: Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Stanford, Williams, Brown, UPenn, Cal-Berkeley, Dartmouth, Michigan, US Naval Academy, Boston College, Bucknell, Indiana, Tulsa, Tennessee, Clemson, SMU, Alabama, George Mason, Louisville, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Northeastern, and others.
Prior to joining the SLRC: Tim started rowing as a 10th grader with 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
Phone: 314-680-8015 (c)
Patrick has been coaching the St. Louis Rowing Club recreational masters for the past four years. He began rowing with the University of Massachusetts Amherst rowing club 36 years ago. There he competed in the varsity heavy weight 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). As an elite heavy weight 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 heavy weight double at the Houston Olympic Sports Festival in 1986. Most recently his recreational masters crew was victorious at the 2013 Masters National Head Race Championship regatta held at Oklahoma City this past fall in the Masters Mixed Eight event.
Pat is the proud parent of three children the youngest of which has followed in her parents footsteps and is a co-captain of the Kansas State wildcat’s women’s crew.
Pat’s prior coaching experience includes the UMass novice men in 1981-82 and the Temple novice men in 1983-84.
He is a practicing chiropractor at Atrium Health Services in Frontenac Mo.
Michael O’Gorman – Assistant Coach
Coach: Varsity Boys
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.
Kai’s rowing career began as a junior rower, when he rowed for St. Louis Rowing Club for three years in high school 2004-2007. He attended University City High, then left the midwest for college at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire, where he rowed his freshman year for the Ravens. Kai graduated with the class of 2011 with a degree in Graphic Communications and decided to move back to St. Louis for work.
Brandon began rowing at the age of 14 after he was recruited by Tim Franck out of Parkway Central High School. After his first year rowing as a novice under the guidance of Andrew Goldstein, he moved on to the Varsity Boy’s program with Andrew Black as his coach. His three years with the Varsity Boy’s were marked with continual success, qualifying for USRowing Youth Nationals three consecutive times. His last two years on the junior program are highlighted by a Midwest gold medal and two top ten finishes at Nationals.
After his last season with the Varsity Boy’s he went on to begin training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, where he earned the title United States Marine. After three months at MCRD, he was sent to Camp Pendleton and 29 Palms to learn the weapons and communication systems of the Corps. He then came back to the team to assist coach Andrew Black with the Varsity Boy’s team.
In his off hours, he is working towards a degree in financing at UMSL, and is constantly “staying on the swole”.
Erik began rowing during the Fall of his junior year of high school after repeated injuries made him drop his previous main athletic focuses of football, hockey, and lacrosse. He rowed for his high school, Choate Rosemary Hall, and multiple clubs, in and out of his hometown of Greenwich, CT throughout the rest of high school, where he competed in regattas ranging from Club Nationals, to New England Championships, to the Head of the Charles Regatta. He also has experience in a diverse range of boat classes, competing in the single, double, quad, four, and eight. Erik was brought to St. Louis to attend Washington University in St. Louis, majoring in Computer Science and in Computer Engineering, and minoring in Music.
Ned Wood – Assistant Coach
Coach: Varsity Junior Girls, Assist.
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: Varsity Juniors, Assist. & Advanced Adult Sculling
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 as well. Dean has rowed with the Competitive Masters for a number of years and, along with some very hard-working crewmates, has medaled at all our 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 Boeing’s Phantom Works developing new concepts for emerging programs.