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Meet our Coaches

We have excellent coaches ready to help all level of rower, from novice to the most experienced.



 Nikki Brugler
Co-Head Coach





Nicki has stepped in to the role as co-head coach this past 2016 winter season. She brings years of coaching experience with time spent as an Assistant Coach at the University of Rochester,  Head Coach of Naiades Oncology Rowing, various roles at Brighton Rowing Club and at Genesee Rowing Club.   

Nicki began her rowing career at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where she was an outstanding Division II athlete.  While her time at NSU, she was team MVP, Conference Rower of the Year, Female Athlete of the Year, NCAA First Team All-American and competed in 4 NCAA Championship Regattas.
Upon graduating, she made her way back to Rochester to begin her coaching career while working towards her Masters in Marketing at the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester.  She now resides in Brighton with her husband Scott, son Whit and two dog; Arnie & Jack.   Nicki's coaching philosophies are aimed towards rowers, rowing smarter not harder.




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Tyler Steving
Co-Head Coach



Tyler has stepped in to the role as co-head coach this past 2016 winter season. He brings years of rowing experience. He has been in several coaching roles including Fairport Crew Club, Pittsford Crew, and is currently the Head Coach at St. John Fisher College.

Tyler began his rowing career at Pittsford Crew in the beginning of high school. During his time at PC, he placed at the state level, as well as earning the role of team captain his senior year. In college, Tyler rowed for Hobart in Geneva, NY. While there, he competed at the highest level collegiately. He medaled a couple times at the National Invitational Rowing Championship, placed top 20 at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships, and competed at the Henley Royal Regatta in England.

After graduating, he returned home to Rochester and began his coaching career at St. John Fisher. Still an avid competitor, Tyler enjoys races whenever he can with his significant other Victoria whenever he can. Tyler’s coaching philosophies are centered on personal growth and achievement, on and off the water.  







Lisa Pratt
Head Novice Coach





Lisa fell in love with rowing in 1998 on Conesus Lake while rowing for SUNY Geneseo.  After rowing for two years she switched to coxing the women’s team. Lisa began coaching for GRC in spring of 2016 after coxing for the team for a season.  She has her US Rowing level 2 certification.  Her coaching stint began in 2004 for Brighton Rowing Club.  Later, while coaching for Fairport Crew Club as the Head Novice Boys Coach, she brought her squad to two consecutive gold medals at NYS Championships and many other medal finishes.  She has also coached Fairport Adult Learn To Row, volunteered as a coxswain for Naiades Oncology Rowing, and been Head Coach for SUNY Geneseo.

After graduating college with her masters degree, Lisa taught for several years in a first grade classroom.  Needing a change she switched to become a Reading Specialist in a local elementary school.  She lives in Lima with her husband Andrew and two children Kamden and Noella.  Lisa has taken a leave from her job to stay home with her children which has allowed her to coach for GRC.  Her coaching philosophy is that a solid technical base combined with a strong sense of team lays the foundation for a fast boat.  A team is only as strong as its weakest link.




Emily Farrar

Assistant Coach




Coach Emily started rowing in 8thgrade for Pittsford Crew and competed throughout high school. She graduated in 2012, and proceeded to row Division 1 

at the University of Tulsa where she was recruited (signed an NLI Nov ’11) and competed at the varsity level for all 4-years.

In high school, she placed 6th at Head of the Charles in 2010 and 7th at Head of the Charles in 2011. Her notable finishes at NYS Scholastic Championships were 1st in club in the junior 8+ in 2011. In 2012, she raced in the Varsity 4+ and won NYS Scholastic Championships. Her boat placed 5th overall at Youth Nationals.

In college, she raced on varsity all four years and had the opportunity to compete internationally, including hopping the pond to row at the Reading Regatta and Women’s Royal Henley in London summer 2015. In 2015 and 2016 her boat finished 2nd at the American Athletic Conference. Some of her favorite races were beating Texas at the Longhorn Invitational her sophomore year, racing Oxford University in London and winning, beating OU at the Head of the Oklahoma and then winning the Knecht Cup her senior year.

She is a proficient sculler as well, competing at numerous regattas including Head of the Oklahoma, Head of the Charles, USrowing Club Nationals and Royal Canadian Henley in singles, doubles and quads.

Emily is a USrowing Level II Coach and is pursuing her continuing coaching education. She is the Our Lady of Mercy Varsity Head Coach, and believes that Rowing provides an opportunity for individuals to learn more about themselves and how strong they are. She believes that rowing offers insight into a person and their strengths. 






Megan Rawlings
Assistant Coach





Megan is starting her second year coaching with Genesee Rowing Club. In the past she has coached both on and off the water for SUNY Geneseo and Wilmington Rowing Club in Delaware.

After learning to row with the Syracuse Chargers, Megan rowed through high school where she placed at the state level. Upon high school graduation she jumped right into the worlf of Masters rowing as both a rower and coxswain for the Syracuse Chargers. She has also completed with Wilmington Rowing Club and GRC.

Megan works full time as an Instructional Designer for a performance improvement group but enjoys getting out on the water as often as she can. Her coaching philosophy is focused on a strong technical skill building.




Dick Yochum
Assistant Coach

Dick's LTR with Rowing began in 1964 as a freshman at Syracuse University. He was enthused that hard work and listening to this coaches led to success. He rowed all 4 years and has never stopped competing.

He started coaching rowing shortly after arriving in Rochester in 1970 as part of Alan Rosenberg's (past Olympic cox and coach) U.S. Olympic Development Camp. He has coached and mentored HS, College and Master's rowers. In 1975 he took a group of HS girls to the Canadian Henley, where they were among a limited, historic group to be the first women to ever compete at the Canadian Henley. He is proud that many of his former rowers achieved collegiate success and a few have done well internationally. He also finds it rewarding that several are now coaching.

Dick worked for the City of Rochester for 32 years (1st 11 as a Recreation Director, remainder as a Human Services Administrator at City Hall). His sweetheart is Mary Ann, a teacher for 34 years, who is surely and Angel for putting up with him for 20 years.

Dick believes that working out daily is a good habit... "Something is better than nothing!" When training or racing, "When the going gets tough, the tough get going!" For all else, from "Ben Hur", ... "row well and live!"