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Serra Sevenler

Rowing Director

Competitive Team Head Coach

Serra brings to Genesee Rowing Club (GRC) a wide variety of rowing experiences.  She began her career as Assistant Coach at Mercy, Fairport and Pittsford High Schools.  While in college, she was the Varsity Coach for Brighton High School.  She traveled to Hong Kong and organized advanced rowing programs for youth and adult athletes.  While in Hong Kong, she worked with the National Team’s Head Coach, training the team for the 2016 Rio Olympics.


Upon return to the US, Serra assisted the Division I Women’s rowing team at the University of Buffalo. Most recently, and continuing with this role, she serves as the University of Rochester Head Coach for the Men’s Rowing Team.


Serra has significant rowing accomplishments as well. She was a silver medalist in the U18 Open Singles at the Head of the Charles, She was invited to train and row with the top ranked club in Turkey.  Serra was selected for the National Team in the World University Rowing Championships and she was the Varsity Captain in the Dad Vail Regatta taking 1st.


Serra holds a Bachelor’s in Business and Digital Media Studies from UR and a Master’s in Higher Education Administration.


We are glad to have such a stellar athlete and coach join the GRC Team.  Please join the GRC Board in giving Serra a warm welcome to our club!

 Nikki Brugler

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.

Eric Schulken

Eric is currently a graduate student in mechanical engineering at RIT, after finishing his BS in mechanical engineering at RIT in the spring of 2016.  His rowing  career started with his high school team in Chareston SC.  Eric began rowing for RIT in the fall of 2011 and progressed to sitting stroke seat for the spring race seasons of 2015 and in 2016, including RIT's best ever finish of 2nd place (behind West Point) at the NY State collegiate championships.  Since then, he has been rowing with the Flower City group and whenever an opportunity presents itself.  

Lisa Pratt
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.

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 world of Masters rowing as both a rower and coxswain for the Syracuse Chargers. She has also competed 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!"