Amanda Hawkins

Novice Women's Assistant Coach

Amanda joined Norcal in 2019 as assistant coach for Varsity Men and for the 2020 season she moves over to help coach the Novice Women. Having joined Bair Island Aquatic Center in 2012, Amanda is no stranger to the boathouse. She rows for the competitive masters team where she also served as Team Lead for three years and now serves as newsletter editor and helps with digital media for the club.

Having no idea rowing existed (what other excuse is there?), Amanda started varsity athletics with cross-country and track in high school. When she discovered crew at the University of California at San Diego, she found out what she’d been missing. She medaled at WIRA and PCRCs in both the 8+ and the 4+ and was hooked.

As a masters rower, Amanda has won gold at regattas including Canadian Henley Masters, US Rowing’s Masters National Championships and Head of the Lake and competed at Head of the Charles, San Diego Crew Classic, Masters Worlds and Coastal World Championships among others.

In between training, rowing and coaching, Amanda uses her degree in Computer Art & Design to work as a freelance graphic designer and marketing contractor. Spending much of her time playing with fonts and updating websites, she can passionately talk about good design in equal measure with rowing stories.