Coaches and Staff


Chris Callaghan, Director of Operations/RowingSDRC_chris and

Masters Coaching Staff

Partick Kington – Competitive Team Head Coach

  • UCSD Head Coach women’s program 13 years
  • Head Coach Australia National Team. Led team to 17 National rowing titles ‘90-‘98. Named W Australian Rowing Coach of the Year ’96.
  • Reporter for 1992 Olympic rowing in Barcelona
  • Head Coach Gonzaga, Named 1999 WCC Coach of the Year
  • Competed at Master’s Championships & Worlds 1985 - present
  • Named Woman of the Year 1984 by US Rowing Association
  • Earned 16 International and 7 National Championship titles
  • Competed at USA National Championships 1975-1984
  • Competed on the USA Sculling squad 1980-1982, ’80 Olympic hopeful


Juniors Coaching staff 

for more information on Junior's Program click here.

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 





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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