Coaching Staff

Joel Skaliotis
Head Women's Coach | Executive Director

Joel Skaliotis began rowing in high school at Phillips Andover and continued as a member of the lightweight team during his tenure at Cornell, where he won the Coach's Award upon graduation in 2001.

Joel began coaching as an assistant coach with the Community Rowing Junior Women, working with the JV and U17 crews.  During a three year period his crews reached the medals stand at US Club Nationals, the Youth National Championships, Canadian Henley, and Head of the Charles.
From 2004 through 2012, Joel served as the varisty girls coach and program director at Brookline High School, where he introduced sculling and led the program to four state championships and six appearances at the USRowing Youth National Championships, with  3 crews reaching the grand finals.


Pam Besteman │ Head Men's Coach




















Stefan Evano │Novice Women

Stefan began his rowing career in Eugene, OR as part of the Oregon Association of Rowers in 2003. He continued on to 4 years as a coxswain at Oregon State University, reaching the grand finals of the IRA national championship in the Freshman 4 and Open 4 and spending the better part of 3 years as the Varsity 8 coxswain.

Stefan’s coaching career began after graduation with two years as the head coach of the Corvallis Rowing Club and assistant coach at Oregon State. While coaching OSU’s Varsity 4, they won consecutive PAC-12 medals and placed 5th in the nation at the 2013 IRA National Championship. After that came a move to Indiana University helping to bring IU to their first ever NCAA Championship trips in 2014 and 2015 as part of the 2014 CRCA Collegiate Staff of the Year. After moving to California, Stefan spent the next two years as Norcal’s varsity women’s assistant, which included a bronze medal finish in the 3V8 in 2016, in July 2017 Stefan was named Head Women’s Novice Coach.



Alex Baker-Lubin │Novice Men

Alex began rowing for the Oakland Strokes in 2000.  During his tenure there he won a silver medal in the Varsity 8, took 8th at the Youth National Championships and competed during the summer at US Rowing Development camp.  
After graduating in 2004, Alex attended Northeastern University in Boston.  There, he placed 3rd in the Varsity 4 at the Eastern Sprints Championships.  While in Boston, Alex also competed with Riverside Boat Club racing at Canadian Henley, US Club Nationals, and the Head of the Charles. After moving back to California, Alex spent a season coaching the boys novice program at JLAC, and most recently spent the summer of 2013 coaching at Stanford University's high performance camps. Alex received his degree in communications and business from Northeastern, and a degree in culinary arts from the California Culinary Academy. .