Coaches and Staff


Chris Callaghan, Director of OperationsSDRC_chris and

Masters Coaching Staff

Partick Kington – Head Coach

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Juniors Coaching staff 

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Benton Sparks – Varsity Men
bentonCoach Sparks took the reins of the Varsity Men's program in 2012 after two successful years coaching the SDRC Novice Men. With the help of Coach Hurley and Coach Hemelt, the Novice Men have enjoyed multiple wins at the regional level. On this foundation, Benton has brought the Varsity Men to compete on the national and international level. After rowing for Los Gatos Rowing Club in high school, Benton rowed for Orange Coast College and UCSD. Before starting with SDRC, he coached the men's side at both Newport Aquatic Center and UCSD. Both teams achieved championship wins during those years.

Carmen Slack – Women's Varsity 
Carmen rowed stroke at University of Washington. And she has coached in Seattle at the collegiate and high school levels, for varsity and novice, boys and girls. As a result, she has the personal experience and insight to help our women’s varsity athletes successfully navigate the collegiate recruiting process. Carmen is already a member of SDRC and has even raced for our club at Masters Henley and Masters Nationals (where she was in the boat that clinched the National Championship for SDRC last summer). She, Ryan and Jordan will make a great team to ensure a high level of coaching and preparation during our fall headraces and spring sprint season.

Ryan Hemelt – Novice Women
SDRC_ryanRyan has been involved in the sport of rowing since 2006.  He started rowing competitively in with Tempe Junior Crew and Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, AZ.  He was the team captain 2009 and 2010.  Ryan started coaching in 2010, shortly after starting at the University of San Diego.  Ryan has coached for various clubs and teams, including Brophy College Preparatory, Mission Bay Aquatic Center, and was the Co-Founder and coach at the SW Scholastic Development Camp in Arizona.  Ryan has been with SDRC since 2012.

Patrick Hurley – Novice Men
SDRC_patPatrick has been with SDRC since 2013. Patrick coaches the SDRC summer learn to row camps as well as the summer high performance camp. He rowed competitively for four years in high school at Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio as well as for four years at Rutgers University. He was selected as a team captain during his senior seasons in both high school and college and also was invited to try out for the Junior National Team while in high school. He graduated from Rutgers University in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in psychology and received a Master's degree in Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010.

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