Jr Rowing Coaching Staff
Head Varsity Boy’s Coach
Nick D’Antoni returns to Newport Aquatic Center after serving as an assistant coach at Princeton University and before that he spent three years as Head Coach of the boys program at Long Beach. Nick started his coaching career with the Newport Aquatic Center juniors in 2006, during which time he led the men’s team to 3 consecutive team points championships (’08, ’09, and ’10) at the Southwest Regionals and back to back national championships in the Men’s Youth Heavyweight 8 (2008 & 2009). In 2008, he coached the Men’s Junior National Team Pair (2-) at the world championships to the highest finish ever by an American crew in that event. In 2009 he also coached the Men’s Youth Lightweight 8 to a national championship, becoming the first coach to win both Men’s Eights events in the same year at the US Rowing Youth National Championships.
Nick began his competitive rowing career in 1996 for the Newport Aquatic Center as a junior, then moved on to pursue the sport at Orange Coast College followed by Rutgers University. Nick has always enjoyed both sweep and sculling disciplines: racing in as many boats as possible as a junior, primarily in 8′s in college, and training in his single in his spare time. Currently, he enjoys rowing and competing as often as time allows. Nick can be reached at email@example.com
Assistant Varsity Boy’s Coach
Head Varsity Girl’s Coach
Steve Dani began his coaching career in junior coaching, leading 15 crews to the Youth National Championships and taking home 8 medals – including gold in the W8+ in 2006. Steve was the head coach of the High Performance program at the Pocock Rowing Center. He has been named a senior national team coach in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and an under 23 coach in 2014. Steve coached the LW4x to bronze medals in 2009 and 2011, as well as a silver medal in 2013 at FISA World Championships. Steve also tried his hand at college coaching – most recently coaching at Cornell University and University of San Diego. Steve is very excited to return to junior coaching.
Assistant Varsity Girl’s Coach
Maddie began her rowing career in Colorado with Mile High Rowing in high school, and won Youth Nationals in the 1x in 2010. That year, she also won a silver medal at the Junior World Championships in the 8+. Maddie was a four year member of the varsity 8+ and elected captain at Yale, and won a silver medal at the 2013 Ivy League Championships. She was a two-time member of the U23 National Team as the women’s 1x in 2012 and 2013. Most recently, Maddie placed third in the semifinal for the women’s 1x at US Olympic Trials.
Head Novice Girl’s Coach
Eden grew up in Vermont and rowed for Wheaton College in Illinois where she studied Kinesiology/Sports Training and Theology. After coaching the freshmen at Wheaton she moved to California and discovered that the water didn’t freeze in the winter, making both rowing and coaching a lot more pleasant. Endless summer and a love of coaching have kept her at the NAC since 2003. She has placed her Team every year in the Finals and usually on the medals stand at Regional Champs!
Assistant Novice Girl’s Coach
Jill Clapp rowed for NAC her junior/novice year going to Nationals in the varsity 8 and her senior year finishing third at Nationals in the Lightweight 4+. She then went on to row for Loyola Marymount University. Her successes there included being LMU’s first women’s rower to compete for the US National Team U-23 Lightweight 2x, Winning the IRA National Championship in the Ltwt 4+, placing 3rd in the World Indoor Rowing Championships (CRASH-B), and her LMU career culminated with an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Award. After college she continued to row at the US training center and at Pocock training center in Seattle. Focusing mostly on sculling in doubles and quads.
Head Novice Boy’s Coach
Pat Gleason is in his second year at NAC, coming from several successful seasons with the Orange Coast College Crew. He coached OCC to two ACRA and ECAC National Titles and 17 WIRA Championships over eight seasons. Pat began his rowing career at Coast and transferred to the University of Washington where he was a National Champion. As a Husky, Pat competed against the Russian Olympic team that boycotted the 1984 Olympics as well as the British Olympians in the Grand Challenge at Henley.
Assistant Novice Boy’s Coach
Marcel Stiffey begins his second year coaching the Boy’s Novice Squad. Marcel began his rowing career at Orange Coast College with Pat Gleason as his novice coach. While at Orange Coast College, Marcel won the WIRA championships, and then went on to compete at the IRA National Championships where his crew finished 9th. Post Orange Coast College, Marcel began training with friends and would compete in a club crew called the Little Knights. From there, he was invited to row for the famous Leander Club in the UK. While training at Leander, he was coached by the GB Olympic Coach Mark Banks and Chris Collerton, while training alongside members of the Olympic squad. As an added bonus, he was offered a position to begin coaching at the University of Oxford. While coaching there, he led his lightweights to an early season victory at the head of the Thames regatta. Marcel brings coaching experience from an international perspective as well as having experience coaching at Orange Coast College and with the Long Beach Junior Crew. His enthusiasm and passion for the sport of rowing is what motivates him to give back to the juniors as they reach for their potential. Marcel is happy to help all who come through the program and looks forward to another successful season with your children.
Assistant Novice Boy’s Coach
NAC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Billy Whitford firstname.lastname@example.org
JR ROWING DIRECTOR
Pat Rolfes email@example.com
Steve Dani firstname.lastname@example.org
Maddie Lips email@example.com
Nick D’Antoni firstname.lastname@example.org
AJ Brooks email@example.com
Eden Broggi firstname.lastname@example.org
Jill Clapp email@example.com
Pat Gleason firstname.lastname@example.org
Marcel Stiffey email@example.com
Mijo Rudelj firstname.lastname@example.org
NAC Executive Director: Billy Whitford – Billy@newportaquaticcenter.com