Meet Our Coaching Staff

The NAC Junior Rowing Program Coaching Staff is looking forward to another great season!

Weston Cole

Women's Head Coach

Weston began rowing as a high school freshman at Long Beach. He had a successful junior rowing career culminating in a 1st place finish in the Varsity 8+ at youth nationals in 2014. After high school, he spent two years rowing at Orange Coast and coaching the Novice Men at Sea Base. In his first year at Coast, he had a successful freshman boat that won the ACRA National Championships. After Coast, Weston transferred to UCSD where he graduated in 2018. Upon graduation, Weston returned to coaching heading up the Novice Men for a year before being asked to take over the Varsity Women's program in 2019. In 2021, Weston joined the UCLA men's staff coaching the Freshman, where they medaled both of the Novice 8s at the ACRA National Championship. He comes to Newport after spending the summer in Sarasota Florida coaching the US Rowing Olympic Development Program and is excited with the direction the Women's Program is going.

Marcel Stiffey

Boy's Head Coach

Marcel Stiffey began coaching the Boy’s Novice Squad in 2013. 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.

Janet Cheung

Girls Assistant Coach + Team Admin

Janet comes to the NAC by way of UCI Rowing. From 2014 to 2018, she coached Novice and Lightweight Men’s crews. Her involvement directly contributed to the increased retention of high-caliber participants with the most entries, most grand final contestants and most medals awarded to-date at regionals (WIRA) and nationals (ACRA) by UCI in its 50+ year history.

Her experience in club varsity rowing first began at the University of the Pacific (Stockton, CA) where she joined the fledgling team as a walk-on coxswain. During her five years with Pacific Rowing and its community program, Deep Water Rowing Association, she wore many hats as an Assistant Coach for middle school, junior and master rowing, as well as Regatta Director and Recruitment Coordinator.

Fostering a passion for the sport of rowing has always been the focus of her coaching philosophy, including applying the skills and lessons learned to face any of life’s obstacles. Alongside the talented coaching staff, she hopes to continue to build and grow NAC Women’s Rowing.

Jordan Teisan

U17 Boys Head Coach + Equipment Manager

Jordan Teisan's journey in the world of rowing began in 2013 at the NAC, where he was part of Pat Gleason and Marcel Stiffey's inaugural group of novice boys. From there he continued onto the Varsity team, competing at Nationals both years. Jordan has competed in elite races all over the US and also competing in the Temple Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta. In 2017, Jordan began coaching at the NAC as the Novice Girls Assistant. The following year, Jordan was asked to continue his coaching career at NAC but on the boys team. Jordan looks forward to another great season at the NAC.

Madison Byrd

Girls Assistant Coach

A native from Indiana. Madison played indoor and beach volleyball in high school. She quickly changed paths when she arrived on campus at the University of Michigan and tried out for the Women’s Rowing Team. After competing in her first collegiate rowing season, she realized there was something else tall girls could be good at and never turned back.
While at Michigan, Madison was a two-time captain, back-to-back BigTen Champion, finished 3rd in the 1V8 at the 2019 NCAA Championships, 4th in the 1V8 at the 2021 NCAA Championships, and was a 3-time All-American. She is the biggest Michigan fan you will ever meet!

Ethan Ruiz

U17 Boys Assistant Coach

Ethan spent five years rowing with the NAC Jr Rowing Program and then continued in college with two years at the University of Washington. Representing the USA on the Jr. Olympic team further solidified Ethan's reputation as a standout athlete on the international stage.
Beyond his own accomplishments as an athlete, Ethan's commitment to the sport has taken on a new dimension as he ventured into coaching. Since September of 2021, Ethan has been an instrumental part of the NAC coaching team, focusing his expertise on guiding and shaping the Men's Racing team.

Trevor Phillips

Boys Assistant Coach

Trevor began his rowing career in 2013 at the Newport Aquatic Center. Trevor came into the program unathletic, confused, and naive. With four years in the program and under the leadership of his coaches, Trevor helped propel the NAC to a national championship in the Men’s Youth Heavyweight 8+ in 2017, for the first time since 2009. Since then Trevor has helped lead his recent alma mater UCLA this past year to their best performance in program history as a club sport. The result of his five years of commitment as leader and captain of the program has resulted in the best overall finish of any team at the ACRA National Championships with three medals— one of which being a second place finish for his boat in the Varsity 8+. The culmination of his athletic success and leadership ability has helped to guide the UCLA team to a higher tier of excellence and ability. The team is currently poised to continue to grow in this trajectory. Before coming back onto the team this year, Trevor helped lead the novice boys with Coach Marcel during the tremulous season of COVID in 2020/2021. Now he comes back to the NAC again this season as a new coach for the women’s program; excited to instill his passion and life values that the sport of rowing has imprinted upon him to the next generation.

Mo Guild

U17 Girls Assistant Coach

Mo comes back to Newport Aquatic Center for her second season. She enjoys spending her time on the water whether it’s with the Junior Competitive Team or her collegiate crew. Mo started her rowing career at NAC. She is currently an athlete for the Men’s Crew team at Orange Coast College.

She completed her first undefeated season in the Freshman 8+; Beating crews like UCLA, UCI, Virginia, Minnesota, LMU, USC, UCSB, Purdue, UC Davis, SDSU, and Michigan to win a National Championship with the guys! She is looking forward to her second season with NAC Junior Girls!

Jake Buscaglio

Assistant Coach

Jake started his rowing career in Highschool at the NAC. He's continued his rowing at OCC.