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.



Julio Sanchez - Head Coach, Atomic Rowing Programs

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Evelyn Radford - Coach, Administrations Manager

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.  Now, Evelyn is excited to be back in her home town, sharing her passion and love of the sport with those around her.

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Sarah McAuliffe - Director of Operations

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.

After Sarah’s undergraduate career, she moved on to receive her Masters degree in Sport Management while starting as Regatta Director at the Oak Ridge Rowing Association in 2015. Sarah now works as the Director of Operations at ORRA, covering multiple areas at the boathouse.

Sarah is extremely honored and excited to be a part of the great organization at ORRA and looks forward to continuing to work at “America’s Favorite Rowing Venue”!

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Preston Palmer - Junior Novice Coach

Preston is 21 Years old and working through his 3rd trimester at The Tennessee College Of Applied technology for “Machine Tool”. On top of all that, Preston has an associate degree in Fabrication From Pellissippi State community college. Preston was Born and raised here in Oak Ridge and started rowing at Atomic in his 5th-grade year in 2008 and fell in love with the sport and the Atomic Rowing atmosphere

Preston’s goal is to teach leadership and team working skill for life as well as get the novice men ready for the varsity while still maintaining and fun and safe atmosphere!

Cody Legg - Junior Novice Coach

Cody is a 4th year Industrial engineering student at the University of Tennessee. He grew up in Maryville, TN and has been in the area since early 2001. Cody has been in the rowing community since his Sophomore year of High School for East Tennessee Rowing Organization out of Louisville.  At this point, Cody hopes to teach young athletes to not only become strong rowers but also successful individuals.  The leadership, communication, and teamwork skills learned from this sport could be carried with them for the rest of their lives.