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Sarah McAuliffe - Director of Operations and Novice Coach

As the Director of Operations, Sarah McAuliffe directs a broad range of activities and programs for Oak Ridge Rowing Association. She is the Regatta Director for all events held at the Oak Ridge venue, including Spring and Head Races, for Juniors, College and Masters levels of competition. Sarah also manages the Spring Training program that brings thousands of high school and college students to Oak Ridge for access to the facilities. Sarah maintains the corporate relationships with USRowing, the City of Oak Ridge, the Big 10 and Big 12 Conferences, the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association, all new and interested regattas and all of the Sponsors and service providers that we work with on a daily basis.

Sarah McAuliffe began her rowing career in 2011 at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville, after walking on to the Women’s Novice team. After moving up the varsity team and dedicating three more years to the Lady Vols, Sarah had much success in her boats at the Conference USA championships, Big 12 Championships, Head of the Charles, and more. Along with receiving her Bachelors degree in Sport Management, Sarah was awarded the C-USA All conference team in 2014, Big 12 All Conference team in 2015, SAAC representative and conference honor roll all four years.

Sarah received her Masters degree in Sport Management from the University of Tennessee in 2015.

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Matt Kaminski - Men’s Juniors and Masters Coach

Matt Kaminski brings a strong rowing background to ORRA, as he currently fills the positions of Men’s Atomic Junior Coach and the Atomic Masters Coach.

Matt learnt to row while in high school in England where he became a National Jr Champion and represented England and Great Britain at the junior level. Matt then continued to race collegiality for Florida Tech winning multiple Florida and SIRA championships, and multiple Dad Vail regatta medalist and finished as a finalist at the 1996 Olympic trails in the 2-. Matt now enjoys taking on the role of “recreational sculler”. 

After a successful personal rowing career, Matt jumped in to the coaching world for 25 years, and still is at it. With 20 years under his belt as a Head Coach/Director of Rowing, he had much success with multiple Florida Championships, SIRA Champions, and Dad Vail medalists while coaching Florida Tech for 4 years (Head Women’s Coach and Novice Men’s Coach). After Florida Tech, Matt coached for 21 years as the Head High School Coach in East Central Florida, continuing his Florida, Southeastern and National successes. Once Matt came to Oak Ridge in 2015, he served and excelled in various capacities at Atomic such as Head Masters Coach, Interim Head Coach, Boathouse Manager, and many more.

Prior to coaching, Matt was a Victim Advocate in the City of Palm Bay volunteer working with domestic violence victims and other emergencies as needed.
If Matt is not at the boathouse, you can find him listening to blues music.

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John Davis - Women’s Juniors and Masters Coach

John Davis is well known in the Midwest rowing community and has now moved south to join our Atomic Family . 2019 marked his 33rd season as a college and club rowing coach, most notably at Minneapolis Rowing Club for 15 years and Stanford University for 12 years, where he served as their very first Head Coach. Five times, his Stanford women's varsity eights finished in the top five nationally and nine of his oarswomen became USA National Team or Olympic rowers. 

John was also on the founding board of Twin Cities Youth Rowing in Minnesota and coached the TCYR boys for 4 years, garnering several medals at Midwest Regionals. He as MRC’s first Lead Coach from 2013 to 2017.  Under his coaching, the MRC women finished first in the team championship at the 2013 and 2015 Master Nationals and second in 2017. Additionally, his crews have won multiple Head of the Charles medals. 

JD was a member of the Rusty Callow Award winning 1974 UC Irvine crew, rowed at Lake Washington, Vesper and College boat clubs, and is a national champion and World and Olympic trials finalist. Throughout the Midwest many coaches have received their USRowing coaching certification with John as instructor.

While at Stanford, John met his wife, Wendy, who has been a Head Coach at Stanford, Yale and Minnesota. Sons Jake and Bill were both junior oarsmen and US Marines.

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