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.
 

 

Nathan Walker │ Head Men's Coach

Nathan was introduced to rowing as a walk-on athlete at Purdue University, where he rowed for four years, was voted Purdue’s ‘Most Valuable Oarsman’ twice, and stroked the varsity eight to a (then) program best silver medal at the Dad Vail Regatta his senior year. After graduating with a degree in English Education, Nathan decided to combine his passion for rowing with his love of mentoring and teaching, and continued on at Purdue crew as the novice men's coach, where he led his crews to medals at SIRAs and Dad Vails.  After Purdue, Nathan moved to Washington, DC, where he coached masters and junior rowers for two years. Following DC, he was hired as The College of William and Mary’s Director of Rowing, and during his four-year tenure, coached his crews to medals at the Head of the Charles and Dad Vail Regattas, while raising money through a newly created summer rowing camp and increased alumni donations for a second full time varsity rowing coach. He also designed and fundraised the money necessary for William and Mary’s new three bay, 4,000+ sq ft boathouse.

 

In the summer of 2012, Nathan accepted the varsity women’s coaching position at Norcal. During his first year with Norcal, he led the varsity women to a gold medal at youth nationals in the women’s lightweight 2x. In the summer of 2013 he switched squads and became Norcal’s varsity men’s coach, and subsequently led his team to another gold medal at youth nationals, this time in the men’s lightweight 4+ event. He’s excited for Norcal future, and lives with his wife and two dogs (and come October- a daughter!) in the East Bay. 

Jenifer Aguirre │Novice Women

Jenifer has over 20 years of experience as a personal trainer and has spent the past 12 years as a rowing coach for both high school athletes and adults. As a coach, she has achieved State and Regional Championship success with her masters and junior teams.  Rowing is truly a passion for her and she is thrilled to pass that along to young athletes and masters looking to take their skills to the next level. Her main goal is to help each rower not only discover their own strengths, passions and potential but explore a sport that is truly unique.  As a teacher and coach, she has a gift for inspiring in her Masters and Junior crews a great love for rowing.
 

 

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. .