Meet the CoachesUpdated Friday March 2, 2018 by MLRC.
Head Rowing Coach, Men's Varsity Coach
Robert Welsh was born in Philadelphia and learned to row at St. Joseph’s Prep, winning multiple league, city, Stotesbury, and National championships. He rowed four years at Yale University with three of those in the varsity 8, competing successfully in Canada, Great Britain, and China and medaling in the men's championship eight as an 18-year-old sophomore. After graduating he won two club national championships with the New York Athletic Club. Robert has six years of coaching experience, leading the Berkeley (CA) High School women’s crew to a top-10 finish at Youth Nationals and a silver medal in the varsity 8 at the Scholastic National Championships in 2006. At MLRC, Coach rob has led boys crews to top 5 finishes at Youth Nationals twice and a girls four to 7th place at the Head of the Charles in 2015. The roster has more than doubled in size since his arrival and mlrc crews qualified for Nationals every year since his arrival and in five different categories in 2016. From a rowing family, Robert’s brother won 3 world titles and rowed for the USA in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He lives in Summit.
Women's Varsity Coach
Zach Spitzer began rowing at Niskayuna High School, where he was captain for two years. He then went on to row at Syracuse University his Freshman year. For the remainder of his time at Syracuse University, Zach worked for the athletic department while completing his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Secondary Education. After graduating in 2015, he went home to coach his high school team, until he began coaching at Mercer in the Spring of 2016. There he was the Head Novice Boys Coach and Outreach Coordinator. In his time at Mercer, the Novice Boys won both the 8+ and 4+ at the Mid-Atlantic Championships in 2017. Additionally, Zach coached numerous summer teams. In the summer of 2016, as the Interim Women’s Head Coach, Mercer raced in the Grand Finals of the Women’s U19 8+, 4+ and 2- at The Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. In the summer of 2017, Zach was the Varsity Men’s Head Coach, where they raced in the Grand Finals of the Men’s U19 8+, 4+ and 2- at Club Nationals.
Zach is very excited to bring his passion, and drive of the sport to grow and develop Mountain Lakes into one of the premiere clubs on the East Coast!
Head Novice Coach
Rebecca Gero graduated from Morristown High School in 2012 and began rowing as a freshman in high school. Freshman and sophomore year, she spent rowing for Unity Crew, an all-girls team based out of Lake Parsippany run by a resident of Mountain Lakes. Junior and senior year of high school, Rebecca rowed for Mountain Lakes as a Captain of the girl’s team. After high school, Rebecca went on to row D1 at University of Rhode Island. Due to physical injury, she retired from rowing and returned to NJ. Upon her return, she was added to the coaching staff at the Mountain Lakes Rowing Club. She has been one of our coaches for four years. Additionally, she is working as an ABA in the Morris School District while continuing her education to complete her degrees in Elementary Ed. and Psychology.
Gabrielle (Gaby) Rice
Assistant Rowing Coach
Gabrielle Rice graduated this past May from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy where she was a varsity Division 1 rower. Gaby rowed at Rutgers from sophomore to senior year and raced in their first three Big10 championship regattas. She grew up in Roxbury and attended Roxbury High School where she played field hockey. Gaby brings with her valuable insights as to what it takes to succeed academically and athletically at a major NCAA rowing program.