MEET THE STAFF

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Rachel Wong

Program Director

Rachel moved from Portland, OR in 2013 to attend Seattle University, where she was a walk-on with the Division I Seattle University Women’s Rowing team. After graduating with a degree in English in 2016, Rachel began her career in coaching at Green Lake Crew, where she taught Learn to Row classes in the summer and served as the Assistant Novice Girls Coach during the 2016-2017 season. She then went on to lead the Seattle Preparatory Novice Boys team, coaching the team to the program’s first Regional Youth Championship title in the Mens Novice 2x event. In 2018, Rachel played a key role in founding the Seattle Scullers team, a small boats program focused on skill development and long term success for Middle School, High School, and Elite level athletes. For 3 years, she acted as their Long Term Athlete Coordinator and Assistant Coach, managing recruitment efforts, community outreach, logistics, communications, and everything in between.

When she is not working at RRC, Rachel can be found rowing with the Competitive team at Lake Washington Rowing Club. She also enjoys running, beach combing on the local islands, and spending time with her Australian Shepherd puppy Murray.

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Mathew France

Youth Coach

Mathew began his rowing career as a High School athlete with the Marina Aquatic Center Junior Rowing program in Los Angeles, CA where he earned a national title in the Lightweight 8+. He then graduated and rowed for only one season with the Syracuse University Freshman team before diverting over to focus on earning his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. After college, he moved back to his hometown and began coaching with the Marina Aquatic Center, working up from various assistant coaching positions to Leading the Novice Boys squad and Summer Learn-to-Row. In the 2018/19 season, he had the opportunity to represent two teams, joining the Loyola Marymount University Men's Division 1 program as the lead coach for one season. He closed his time as a Southern California coach at the end of Summer 2021 to move up to Washington in pursuit of a career in rowing shell manufacturing. He joined the RRC in August 2021 as a coach, eager to contribute to the culture and success of the program in all the forms it can take.

 

While not coaching, he spends his time dabbling in woodworking, painting/assembling miniature models, playing Fantasy Tabletop RPGs, and catching up on numerous Book series.

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Ben Dagang

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.

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Fin Hardy

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. 

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Kent McCleary

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. 

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Rosel Hermita

Youth Strength Coach

Rosel is originally from Southern California and moved to the Pacific Northwest to attend Seattle University where she was a coxswain for the Division I Women's Rowing team in 2015. Rosel obtained her bachelor's degree in Kinesiology and began her coaching career with collegiate athletes at Seattle University's Strength and Conditioning program as an intern in 2019. She then took over sole programming and coaching for the Rowing team as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach, and assisted with multiple teams at Seattle University. Prior to joining RRC, Rosel recently completed a sports performance internship with the Seattle Storm of the WNBA, and is currently obtaining her master's degree in Applied Exercise Science with a concentration in Strength and Conditioning. She is excited to join the coaching staff at RRC as a Strength and Conditioning/Land Coach for the youth program. 

 

When she's not coaching or geeking out about programming and sports, Rosel can be found weightlifting, hiking, paddleboarding, watching anime, and hanging out with her partner, Abi. Rosel holds her CSCS, CPT, and USAW-L1 coaching certifications.