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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Julio Sanchez - Head Coach, Atomic Rowing Programs

Email Julio at jsanchez@orra.org

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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.

Email Evelyn at eradford@orra.org

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LISA LOUNSBERY – Coach, Atomic Masters Level 1 & 2

Lisa Lounsbery began rowing in 2014.  She took ORRA’s one month learn to row and was hooked.  Lisa is bow seat in the Women’s Double and Women’s Quad, and has medaled in both boats.  In the summer of 2015, she began helping the coaches with adult novices by rowing with them in the quad.  For 2 summers Lisa worked with new rowers sharing her passion and knowledge of the sport.  In March of 2017 Lisa came onto ORRA’s staff as the Adult Novice Coach.

When not coaching, you can find Lisa out on the water with her double partner, Holly, practicing for head race season.  And occasionally you will find her coxing an eight at open row.

Email Lisa at llounsbery@orra.org.

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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”!

Email Sarah at smcauliffe@orra.org

Preston Palmer - Junior Novice Coach

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.