MEET THE ORRA STAFF

Each staff member at ORRA is committed to helping our members and guests achieve their goals.  Our professional and knowledgable staff is determined to make your experience at ORRA a great one.

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 Wendy Davis - Head Coach, Atomic Rowing

Wendy comes to Oak Ridge from the University of Minnesota, where she was Head Coach of the Women’s Division 1 Rowing program from 2000-2019. While Head Coach for U-Minn, Wendy grew the Golden Gophers’ rowing team in to one of the nation’s leading collegiate organizations, and was consistently recognized by her peers, twice receiving Big Ten Coach of the Year honors.

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Before joining Minnesota, Wendy was a member of the Women’s Olympic Rowing Committee and trained Cindy Brooks, the 1999 national women’s double sculls champion. Wendy also coached the Yale women’s team to four consecutive top five national rankings during her tenure there. She started her coaching career at Stanford, where her novice team finished the 1998 season undefeated.

Wendy Davis Bio -

Head Coach Rowing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN, 2000-2019
2006: 2nd Place finish at Big Ten Championships
2006: 8th Place finish as an At-Large participant at the NCAA Championships, 1st Varsity Eight
2007: 1st Place finish at Big Ten Championships
2007: Second Varsity Eight National Champions
2007: 6th Place team finish at NCAA Championships
2018: finished season ranked #20
2019: mid-season ranking #15

Awards include:
2006: Big Ten Coach of the Year
2007: Big Ten Coach of the Year
2007: Central Region Coach of the Year
2008: University of Minnesota Women’s Coach of the Year
2008: University of Minnesota Team of the Year

Personal Coach to National Team Rowers, 1997-2000.

Head Coach of Women’s Rowing, Yale University, New Haven CT, 1993-1997.
1994: #2 in the nation at the Collegiate National Championships, Varsity Eight
1994: #2 at the Head of the Charles Regatta in the Championship Eight Event
1997: #5 Team at the NCAA Rowing Championships

Head Coach of Women’s Rowing, Stanford University, Stanford CA, 1991-1993.
1992: #2 at the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships, Varsity Eight

Head Coach of United States Junior Women’s National Team, 1988-1989.

Novice Coach of Women’s Rowing, Stanford University, Stanford CA, 1983-1991.
1984: #3 at the Collegiate National Championships
1988: Pac-10 Champions and undefeated season
Top 3 at Pac-10 Championships every year but one from 1983-1991

Personal Rowing Experience
1980: #6 Collegiate National Championships in the women’s eight, UCLA
1981: #2 at the Collegiate National Championships in the women’s four, UCLA
1982: MVP for women’s rowing at UCLA
1985: #3 place finish at the Elite National Championships, women’s single sculls

Email Wendy at wdavis@orra.org


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Sarah McAuliffe - Director of Operations

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, 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.

Email Sarah at smcauliffe@orra.org


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Evelyn Radford - Coach, Administrations Manager

Evelyn Radford is a USRowing Level-2 certified rowing coach, working primarily with our Atomic Junior’s Varsity Mens athletes. Under Evelyn’s guidance, athletes have consistently demonstrated the ability to compete at the highest National level, with recent athletes competing in the Grand Finals of USRowing’s Junior National Rowing Championship, and representing the United States in the U19 World Championships. Her athletes frequently continue to row beyond their Junior careers, in Division 1 rowing programs including Stanford University, Columbia University and Temple University.

Evelyn Radford began her rowing career on the waters of Melton Hill Lake.  An Oak Ridge native, Evelyn began as a novice coxswain in 2004.  A year later, she moved up to the position of rower and eventually team captain of the varsity squad.  During the summer, Evelyn represented Southeast Juniors at Club Nationals, placing third in the Second Women's Varsity 8+ in 2007 and second in the First Women's Varsity 8+ in 2008.  

In 2009, Evelyn walked on to the University of Tennessee Women's Division I Rowing Team, where she competed in such prestigious events as Conference USA, Head of the Charles, and the NCAA Championships.  Over her four years at Tennessee, not only did Evelyn receive her Bachelor's of Science in Communication Studies, but she put these skills to work for her as team captain and leader.  Some of her favorite moments included winning gold in the Women's Club 8+ at the 2011 Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, winning the Women's Varsity 8+ race at Conference USAs, and becoming a Conference USA Champion in 2010 and 2012.  

Email Evelyn at eradford@orra.org

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Matt Kaminski - Juniors and Masters Coach

Matt is working with both Juniors and Masters competitive rowers, combining the benefits of strength and conditioning training with highly technical input for athletes seeking to increase their competitiveness. Matt’s background in rowing runs deep, beginning as a Junior in England in highly competitive sweep boats, through years of coaching, honing his coaching skills with rowers across all disciplines and age groups. Matt additionally has many years of experience with boat and equipment rigging, maintenance and repair.

Email Matt at mkaminski@orra.org