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Meet Our Staff

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Rachel Wong

Executive Director

Rachel attended Seattle University, where she was a walk-on with the Division I Women’s Rowing team. After graduating in 2016, Rachel began her career in coaching at Green Lake Crew, where she taught Adult Learn to Row classes 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. She began working at RRC in the summer of 2021 at a pivotal time in the organization's growth.

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, snowboarding, beach combing on the local islands, and spending time with her 
fiancé and their dog, Murray.

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Teri Thomson Randall

Intermediate & Advanced Masters Coach

Teri Thomson Randall started rowing on Lake Casitas in Ventura, California, and continued to learn to row with Green Lake Adult Crew in Seattle. It took just one regatta to hook her completely.

She loves the close-knit community of rowing as well as the mental and intellectual aspects of the sport, which drew her to coaching. After receiving her Level 2 Coached Certification from USRowing in 2018, she taught Learn to Row and Novice rowing at Lake Washington Rowing Club in Seattle. She began coaching masters at the Renton Rowing Center in the spring of 2022, and continues to cox for the Martha's Moms rowing team.

Teri works full-time at the University of Washington, and is earning a Master of Education in Higher Ed Administration from Central Washington University.

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Matt Oclander

Head Youth Coach

Coach Matt joins the Renton Rowing Center with over 15 years of experience in the shell and in the launch. His most recent and current role has been as an assistant coach with Seattle Pacific University Women's Rowing. While at SPU, he has coached and developed rowers to be a part of crews that have gone to the 2022 NCAA Championship, as well as multiple GNAC and WIRA victories. He also recently coached Bothell High School and performed the duties of boatman and facility manager for the Kenmore Public Boathouse.

 

Prior to 2019, Oclander spent 2 years at OKC Riversport, where he coached the junior men’s team to multiple USRowing Central Region team and event championships, as well as finalist positions at the USRowing Youth National Championships, culminating in a silver medal performance by the lightweight 4+ in 2018.  During 2016 and 2017, Oclander spent time as an assistant coach with the Seattle University women's rowing team, working with the novice and JV athletes, and ending the season with WIRA gold. Oclander was also the Head Masters and Assistant Junior Men’s coach for Green Lake Crew.

 

A captain and '16 alumni of Seattle Pacific University Crew, he began his rowing career on the Occoquan River in the Washington, DC area.

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Thomas Schlenker

Assistant Youth Coach & Masters Coach

Coach Thomas grew up in the Yakima Valley in central Washington before moving to college in Seattle, where he learned to row. After graduating, he rowed as a masters rower for a few years while working in the private sector and coaching for local clubs on Green Lake and Lake Sammamish. He then earned his Masters in Intercollegiate Athletics Leadership for the University of Washington and shifted to coaching collegiate programs.


Thomas has coached the University of Massachusetts at Lowell Division II women’s program, the Pacific Lutheran University Women’s Division III team and served as Program Director, and the Lehigh University Division I Women and Varsity Club Men’s programs. He then left coaching and began teaching high school and middle school math and science in the King and Pierce County area. He joined Renton Rowing Center’s staff to return to the sport he loves.

 

When not at the boathouse, he teaches in Auburn, gardens, volunteers with other community organizations, and hangs out with his wife Brooke and their dog Athena.

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Niamh Martin

Assistant Youth Coach

Niamh Martin is from Seattle and started rowing on Lake Washington 13 years ago with Mount Baker Crew before joining the Holy Names Academy team for her high school career. She was recruited and rowed for the University of Wisconsin-Madison until graduating in 2019. Niamh went on to become a member of the 2018 U23 National Team, and rowed for the National Team in Poznan, Poland at the World Championships.

 

Her coaching experience comes from teaching all ages of novices how to row. Most recently Niamh was the head novice coach for HNA; last year her top 2 novice boats won the NW regionals.

 

Niamh loves the combination of power and technical focus rowing requires and the people who are drawn to this sport. In addition to coaching at RRC, she works full-time for a nonprofit in Child Welfare and Protective Services as a database administrator. 

Kent McCleary

Volunteer 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 and teaches safety at RRC. Kent is also the Chair of RRC's Board of Directors and leads the Safety Committee. He teaches English as a Second Language at Lindbergh High School in Renton and acts as the staff sponsor of the Lindbergh High School Rowing Club.

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