America's Oldest Rowing Club
Ever Since 1838

Our Coaches

Most of the coaches listed below coach our regular on-the-water classes. All coaches listed below are available for private coaching: please see here for more information on private coaching (which is available only for club members). 

Amy Abbot

Amy learned to row in Cambridge, MA and continued her development in Seattle. While in Seattle she also started coaching. She is still an active rower and sculler. Amy has been coaching at the NBC for over the past five years. She is available for private coaching for singles/zephyrs, doubles/pairs, and fours/quads.

Joan Brush

Joan Brush is a longtime member of the Narragansett Boat Club and active competitor. After graduating from RISD she came to NBC in '96 and learned to row in the barge. Joan has 20 years experience competing in both sweeps + sculls, and is a 5 time Head of the Charles medalist. She began coaching at NBC in 2012 at both the High School and Masters levels. Since that time she has coached Juniors thru to Nationals and novice Masters to their very first competition. She believes anytime is a good time to be out on the water. Joan currently coaches NBC Program classes and private sweeps + sculls classes by appointment.

Joan Brush

Lisa Evans

Lisa Evans learned to love rowing at Noble and Greenough school where she coxed the boys’ team for one season and rowed for six (including competing in the Head of the Charles in 1978). She rowed a year at Brown and then joined Narragansett Boat Club 22 years later where she sculls most mornings. Lisa has been coaching junior and master, novice and competitive rowers on and off the water for the past ten years. She devotes the majority of her coaching time to the girls’ youth sweeps program. The girls have had several successful seasons competing with teams who are much larger in numbers and physical size. Lisa’s philosophy is that anyone who puts forth the effort should have the opportunity to race. She also encourages the rowers to be comfortable in any seat (sweeps and sculling) including the coxswain seat. With a small team, being flexible and supportive of your teammates, all while having fun, are the key! When Lisa isn’t coaching, she teaches Upper School Math at Moses Brown.

Lisa Evans

Tony Palms

Learned to scull at the Potomac Boat Club under the coaching of Charlie Butt (father of Harvard's current heavyweight men's coach). Stroked the University of Pennsylvania 8+ crew for four years (1957-1961), then returned to train for the 1964 Olympic Trials, coached by Joe Burk. After 20+ years of family- and career-building, returned to rowing and competed in both sweeps and sculls as a Master, representing clubs in D.C., Philadelphia, Hartford, Omaha and Dallas before moving to the Providence area in 2006 and joining Narragansett Boat Club. Coaching at NBC has included men's and women's eights, quads, fours, doubles, singles and barge, with most recent activity working with advanced scullers, focusing on technical skills as well as racing preparation. As a retiree, I have a flexible schedule and am available for private lessons with a personal preference for singles or doubles so that proper individual attention may be accomplished.

Tony Palms

Rick Richards

I am a long time recreational rower at NBC and have been coaching in the adult and scholastic program for three years. I am interested in working with people who are beginning to row and then moving on to an intermediate level of skill. I focus on developing the skills rowers need to progress from a zephyr to a peinert and then to pass the Captain’s test. I also coach team boats.

Daniela Roop

Daniela Roop was a member of the Brown University Women’s Crew for four years. Captain of the team my senior year, graduating in 1993. After graduating, I was the assistant coach of the Brown Women’s Crew for 3 years working with Phoebe and John Murphy. Joined the Narragansett Boat Club in 1993 as a resident of Providence and raced in numerous local regattas in both sculling and sweep rowing events since. Most recently I was the assistant coach of the Bay View Academy for 3 years working with Albin Moser as Head Coach.

Daniela Roop

Gayle Simmons

Gayle discovered the NBC in her mid thirties and, after one barge class, was hooked. Within two years she was coaching youth and adult barge and sculling classes, spending part of every day on the water in a single, double or quad and competing as often as possible. Fifteen years later her love for the sport has not waned; neither has her gratitude for every glorious 5:30am sunrise. Gayle is available for private sculling classes by appointment.

Gayle Simmons

Andrew Washburn

I am an experienced coach (since 1980) at all levels, Juniors, Seniors, High School, College, Masters, both sweep and sculling.