Coaches and Staff


Chris Callaghan, Director of Operations/Rowing and

Masters Coaching Staff

Pattie Pinkerton – 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.

Chris Callaghan — SDRC Director of Rowing, Juniors Program Director
SDRC_chrisChris Callaghan is in his 5th year with SDRC. He coached the Varsity Men for 4 years. Chris was a member of the US Men’s National Rowing Team from 2006-2009.  He won gold medal in the eight at the 2007 Pan American Games and placed 4th in the coxed four at 2006 World Rowing Championships in London. Chris started rowing at Oregon State University in 2000, and coached the Men’s Varsity for the Mercer Junior Rowing Club at Princeton, NJ for 3 years before moving to San Diego.


Susan Francia – Women's Varsity 
yPe-s_MUmy8lSusan has been Head Coach of the SDRC Women's Varsity team since 2012.  Her girl's quad went undefeated in 2014 winning the gold at Southwest Regionals and bronze at US Youth Nationals.  The girl's pair and double also won silver medals at the SW Regionals.  In 2013 the quad won the silver at SW Regionals and just missed a medal by a hundredth of a second at Youth Nationals.
Susan has been a member of the US Women’s National Rowing team since 2005. She is a two-time Olympic champion with gold medals in the women’s eight at Beijing in 2008 and in London in 2012. She is a 5-time world champion and US Rowing’s Female Athlete of the Year for 2010. Susan started rowing at the University of Pennsylvania in 2001 and received All-American honors in 2004.

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.

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.

Jordan Goodman – Novice Women's Assistant
Jordan has been with SDRC since 2013. Jordan has coached both the middle schoolers and the novice women.  Jordan was a coxswain for ZLAC in High school and regularly coxes for the SDRC Masters Men.



Lauren Takahashi – Middle School Coach & Competitive Team Assistant Coach
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Lauren joined the SDRC Juniors coaches in 2014. She was a rower on USD Women's Rowing 2009-2010 and a coxswain on USD Men's Rowing 2010-2014. She has been a coxswain on SDRC Women's and Men's Masters since 2012. She has wins at the collegiate level at San Diego City Championship, Head of the American, Newport Regatta Invitational, and Western Sprints, as well as a qualifier for IRA Nationals. Masters wins at US Rowing Regional and National levels.