Meet Our Coaches

Bill Tytus • Masters Rowing

In the 1960’s, Bill Tytus was an avid sculler while pursuing his degrees from the University of Washington and Harvard University. In 1969, he placed second in the Diamond Sculls event at Henley, and was a member of the US National Team from 1969-1971. He is featured in the 1974 movie, A Symphony of Motion, (and A Symphony of Motion Part II) along with George Pocock, Stan Pocock, Harry Parker, and Ted Nash. As President of Pocock Racing Shells since 1985, Bill is focused on how to make boats move faster through the water.

Theresa Batty • Masters Rowing  Private Coaching 

I’ve been coaching rowing, both sweep and sculling for 29 years. I’ve coached Jr’s, Collegiate and masters rowers from novice to national team hopefuls.  Prior to that I coached alpine skiing for 12 years. I enjoy the challenge of teaching people how to do something new and demanding with their bodies. Learning to row  is not as easy as it appears. It requires a relaxed but enthusiastic (or childlike) mindset. The more willing the student is to be relaxed and completely present, the sooner they will progress, and enjoy the experience. Whether rowing a sleek single or in an eight, at any level, it offers a unique and rewarding experience that I hope to offer and make available to whomever wants to try it.

John Robinson  Masters Rowing 

“LWRC is a good model of human endeavor…participatory, fair, introspective, respectful, supportive, giving. Frank was the beacon of civility that drew us to that high standard. At LWRC, it’s really about people – rowing is only the common language.”

Bill coaches LWRC intermediate to competitive scullers. The program is a training group for rowers who wish to improve their boat speed through technique with the support of conditioning. It emphasizes sculling, small-boat handling and race preparation. He coaches by keen observation and quiet instruction. This is old school coaching at its best! 

Most practices, you will find John Robinson in the launch with Bill adding his advice to the practice.

KC Dietz  • Masters Rowing 

I love coaching at LWRC. My intention is to help competitive, experienced Masters athletes race and balance their rowing routine with the rest of their life. So I offer short intensives focused on race preparation. I believe in the innate intelligence of each athlete to understand themselves and work independently, with guidance, toward their goals. I want to enjoy the rowers, learn a lot, work hard and move boats together!

I rowed in college. My background includes national competition and titles as a lightweight rower. I was involved in starting the National Lightweight Women’s program in 1981 and was proud to be on the first team. I also discovered a love for coaching and spent years (1979-86) as a collegiate coach in Massachusetts and 2 years as an assistant coach for the Lightweight women’s national team (1983,1987). I led Northeastern University and Radcliffe (Harvard) Lightweight women’s crews to National titles. Currently I mess around in boats, with my peers, racing, not racing, depending on my schedule. I love open water rowing.

Andy Rees •  LWRC Juniors •  Masters Rowing

Having been first exposed to rowing when I was a very young I knew that somehow I wanted it to be part of my life. In college I was able to make that a reality by joining the Binghamton Crew team as a freshman.  Being an athlete of both light-weight and open-weight crews I have been fortunate to compete both nationally and internationally; and enjoy seeing where my competitive journey here at LWRC will take me. As a coach, I believe that anyone can learn how to row regardless of their age or ability; apart from providing instruction I like to create a calm environment of encouragement and fun.  I look to forward meeting you; as an instructor and as a fellow rower.

Hugh Lade • Sculler at Ease •  Private Coaching

I rowed four years in college and twenty-one years at LWRC. From Frank Cunningham and Bill Tytus I learned sculling and, equally important, learned to constantly study the sport.

Everything you do in a boat has to make sense, and the details separate the best rowing from just good rowing. Satisfaction comes with both racing success and simply doing something well, and I want my students to achieve, and appreciate, skilled rowing.

Amy Hildebrandt • Masters Rowing • Learn to Row • Strength Training •  Private Coaching •  Personal Training

I started rowing at Pacific Lutheran University and was hooked from day one. I rowed all 4 years at PLU before coaching for 2 years at my alma mater. Shortly after finishing coaching, I started rowing at LWRC with the Mixed Sweep Team. After rowing at LWRC for 2 years, I moved east for grad school and coached at Springfield College. I came back to Seattle in 2011 and started coaching for LWRC in 2013.

I feel very fortunate that I have been able to generate interest in rowing and in LWRC with my Learn to Row students, Race Camp rowers, and now with the Mixed Masters group. I hope I can continue keeping people interested and passionate about rowing, as I continue rowing, racing, and coaching at LWRC.

Brooke McCulloch •  Masters Rowing

I started my career on the water in 2012 rowing for Seattle University. After rowing for six months I began coxing and have loved the 9th seat ever since. In the summer of 2014, I coached for Rocky Mountain Rowing Club in Denver, CO, working with their novice and competitive men’s programs. Since then, I have worked with Seattle U Women’s Rowing as a coxswain coach as well as a masters coach at Duwamish Rowing Club. Currently I coach for LWRC and Martha’s Moms.

I joined LWRC in 2015 and I value the community I have found here both on and off the water. 

Teddi McGuire • Learn To Row 

I have played sports my entire life but my first foray into rowing was in college. I started rowing when I walked on to the team my freshman year at Gonzaga University. I rowed for all four years before having to take a break after graduation to let my body heal from injuries. After a couple years I decided I missed rowing and its community too much and joined Lake Washington in 2015 in order to focus on sculling. I continue to sweep and scull competitively and Spring of 2017 was my first season coaching.

I love rowing and I am excited that I get the opportunity to introduce new rowers to the sport in the Learn to Row programs.

Meghan Ricci • Learn To Row Sculling • Masters Rowing • Private Coaching

I started rowing in high school for Park City Rowing academy in Park City, Utah and I absolutely fell in love with the sport.  Following graduation, I continued to row all four years of college at Seattle University.  I have coached masters and juniors programs and I absolutely love passing on the knowledge and sense of community that this sport brings.  

I’m excited to coach here at LWRC and can’t wait to help more people learn the ins and outs of rowing!

Rob Foreman • Strength Training • Masters Rowing • Private Coaching

Rob competed in rowing at the collegiate level at the University of Maryland. He was inspired by his coach to pursue a degree in Kinesiology. He has worked as a personal trainer for the past 12 years. His collegiate rowing career was ended by a back injury which resulted in surgery, this forced him to take a hard look at his own approach to training. Rob’s strength and conditioning philosophy has a strong emphasis on injury prevention. He is a certified strength and conditioning coach. Outside of LWRC you can find rob climbing, running, and traveling. He teaches strength classes for rowers, and the distance training program, and assists in LTR.

Stella Willoughby • Learn to Row • Masters Rowing

I’ve been rowing for over 12 years, beginning in high school at Olympia Area Rowing. I competed at two Youth National Championships before rowing on scholarship at the University of Notre Dame. My college career consisted of one top placement in the Grand 8+ category at the Head of the Charles, two Big East Conference Championship wins, three NCAA National Championships, and countless travel days with the team. Upon graduating in 2015, I have worked in several different fields from physical therapy to social work. I began coaching in Cleveland, Ohio with the Case Western Reserve University rowing team in 2017, and then this past academic year I coached and recruited for the Seattle Pacific University women’s rowing team where they placed 4th at the NCAA National Championship. I am now so excited to be a coach at Lake Washington Rowing Club!  I am currently coaching the Distance Training group with Rob on Wednesday/Friday, I assist with the Novice Sculling class on Tuesday/Thursday, I am covering for Theresa for her advanced sculling class on Tuesday’s, and I also am helping with the LTR Race Camp. 

Many of the LWRC coaches are available for private coaching sessions. Hire one of our expert coaches for a solo lesson. Private lessons are available for beginners as well as experienced rowers looking to improve their skills.  Once you purchase a private lesson, you will be contacted by an LWRC coach to arrange a time for your session.  If you have a coach preference, please contact the LWRC Office . You do not need to be a member of LWRC to take a private lesson.  However, you do need to complete a float test and sign the LWRC and USRowing waivers before your first lesson. Waiver and Float Test Forms

Coaches: Theresa Batty, Hugh Lade, Amy Hildebrandt, Meghan Ricci
Practice: TBD with your coach

Private Lesson for 1 or 2 LWRC Member: $80 per 90-minute session Register
Private Lesson for 1 or 2 Non-Member: $90 per 90-minute session Register