MEET THE COACHES
Program Manager and Youth Head Coach
Sarah moved to Washington from Greensboro, NC. She started rowing in high school for High Point Rowing Club then rowed for Liberty University for four years. Sarah earned a bachelor's degree in Sport Management and coached at High Point Rowing and Greensboro Rowing Club in the summers. Sarah completed the Coach Across America Program, and has coached every group at Renton Rowing.
In her free time, Sarah's favorite things to do are being outdoors, hiking and rock climbing. When the weather is bad, she likes to explore local coffee shops and bookstores.
Equipment Manager and Youth Coach
Ben joined the staff at Renton in February 2019 to meet the needs of the growing High School and Middle School programs. As the equipment manager, he repairs and maintains the equipment in the boathouse. Ben learned how to row in middle school in his hometown of Sacramento, CA and competed throughout high school and beyond, graduating from the University of Washington in 2013. When not at his day job as an engineer, he enjoys cooking and metalworking.
Junior Coach and Masters Coach
Sam grew up across the Puget Sound in Bainbridge Island, where he rowed while in high school, primarily as a lightweight. After graduating in 2015, Sam switched coasts and moved to a town called Waterville, in central Maine to attend Colby College. While there, he continued to row while majoring in math and physics. Having just graduated (May 2019) he is back in the Seattle area coaching the masters and juniors at Renton! When not coaching, he is most likely rowing, cycling, or hiking!
Volunteer Masters and Youth Coach
Kate believes in the power of a community and sees Renton as the perfect place to share the sport of rowing. She found her passion for growing youth rowing programs in home waters which led her to work for the Pocock Foundation. She graduated in 2012 from Western Washington University where she won 3 consecutive NCAA Championships in the Varsity 8 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Energy.
As the Renton Program Manager for 4 years, Kate led significant program growth of the Renton Rowing Center. Kate works as technical recruiter, and has returned to coach masters in her spare time.
Head Masters Coach
Fin is excited to join the coaching staff at RRC, having been a member for the past 2 years and having over 20 years of rowing experience. Fin began sculling at the age of 6, before her feet could reach the foot stretchers. She grew up rowing on the Delaware River in New Jersey and began rowing competitively in middle school. She continued rowing through high school, including for the French regional team of Bretagne during her junior year abroad. In college she rowed for Columbia University before moving to the west coast. As a master’s rower she has rowed with Bainbridge Island Rowing Club and has found a home at Renton Rowing Club.
Fin is a 2nd grade teacher in the Renton School district, and when not rowing or teaching, can be found hiking, biking, or snuggling with her dog Libby.
Masters Sculling Coach
Kent McCleary rowed for Washington State Men's Crew, All-PAC-10 and raced in Istanbul, Turkey. Kent rowed and taught sculling at Carillon Point [Kirkland] Rowing Club, the Wenatchee Row and Paddle Club and the Twin Falls [Idaho] Solo Bocce Ball, Tiddlywinks and Sculling Club. He returned to sculling on Lake Washington in 2002 and in 2006 helped found Renton Rowing and to start Erg Ed. Kent coaches masters scullers, novice youth rowers and teaches safety at RRC. Kent is a member of RRC's Management Committee and leads the Education Committee. He teaches English as a
Second Language at Lindbergh High School in Renton.