Meet the CoachesUpdated Monday June 17, 2019 by RNJ.
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 RNJ 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.
Head Womens Varsity Coach
Brandon began his coaching career in the 2011 spring season with a 2nd place State finisher and 4th place SRAA finisher at C.D. Hylton in Woodbridge, Virginia. From there Brandon continued coaching successful teams while continuing to gain knowledge and experience. His most notable accomplishments are several undefeated seasons with multiple high school and masters teams. James River Men’s 2x and Women’s Freshman 8+ both remained undefeated in regularseason and became 2013 EVSRA Champions; the Men’s 2x were champions at VASRA State Championship Regatta. In 2014, Brandon was offered a position with River City Crew Club where his Men’s 1x, and Novice Men’s 4+ remain undefeated in Sprint season. At Mid- Atlantic Regionals, his Men’s Novice 4+ also won Gold and his Men’s 1x Bronze. In 2016, Brandon moved to become Program Director of Northern Virginia Rowing Club, where he had immediate success with two boats medaling at Masters Nationals. Overall, Brandon has had 8 boats medal at Masters Nationals during his two year tenure with the team. In 2017, he pushed his athletes, completing an undefeated season in the Women’s E8+ in both Sprint and Head Racing seasons. In that same season, his Women’s D8+ completed a nearly perfect season, taking Silver at Masters Nationals. NVRC’s Women’s E8+ became National Champions in 2017; the Women’s D8+, 2017, Women’s D4+, 2017, Mixed D4+, 2017, and Men’s F8+, 2016 were 2nd place finishers; the Women’s E4+, 2017, Women’s C4+, and Mixed F8+, 2016, placed 3rd. In 2018, as Program Director of South County High School, his Men‘s Junior 8+ placed 1st at VASRA State Championships, and 4 th at Stotesbury Cup Regatta. Under his leadership, South County’s team had their most winning season with boats medaling in every regatta. His leadership allowed the Women’s team to receive their first ever State medal, taking Bronze in the Junior 8+. Brandon also brings a wealth of coxswain knowledge to the team. He has coxed competitively since 2007 and continues to do work with his coxswain‘s to hone and develop the skills necessary to lead their boats in race and practice conditions.
Head Womens 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 Row New Jersey. 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
Mens Varsity Assistant 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.