Garrett Pickard

Garrett Pickard excitingly joined the Junior Rowing girl’s coaching staff in 2018. Garrett has a long history with the NAC, starting in junior high school paddling outriggers and then as a junior rower in high school. He experienced great successes as a junior rower including winning the Youth National Championships in the Lightweight 8+, leading his team as Varsity captain to a points trophy at Southwest Regionals, and taking 3rd place at Youth Nationals in the Varsity 4+. After graduating high school, Garrett attended Orange Coast College where he continued to succeed in his rowing career by winning WIRA championships in both the Freshman 8+ and Varsity 8+. While at OCC, Garrett coached the NAC novice boys from 2010 -2013 and led them to many podium finishes at Southwest Regionals. After OCC Garrett continued his education at the University of Washington and rowed with the varsity team the year they swept the IRA National Championship. After completing his bachelor’s degree at UW and spending a year working in Australia, Garrett is extremely excited to be back at the NAC, a place he considers his “second home.” He says he really wants to have a big impact on the girl’s side of the program this year, not only in results and racing success but also instilling passion and enthusiasm for the sport.

Cody Silvester

Cody began his rowing career at Casitas as a high school freshman in 2008 and was one of the founding members of Casitas Rowing. After rowing through high school and continuing onto the masters team with 10 years of personal experience, Cody realized his passion and love for the sport and wanted to share it with others by moving into coaching. Always wanting to learn as much as possible, he attained his level 2 U.S. Rowing coaching certification, and started his career as the head middle school and novice masters coach. Cody worked for 4 years there, also adding the role of novice assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s high school squads, before finally moving into the position of head novice boy’s coach where he had success with his freshman earning a silver medal at the 2018 regional championships.

Starting his 3rd year at NAC Cody is very excited to be taking the Head Novice Women’s role, while also maintaining his duties as Varsity Women’s assistant and lightweight coach.


Cody is an avid Crossfitter, and a very accomplished outrigger paddler, having 7 State Championship titles to his credit as well as 2 World Championship team appearances, placing as high as 4th in Calgary, Canada. In his free time Cody still trains and competes in paddling and rowing, taking out his single whenever possible. He is extremely excited to start his second year coaching at the NAC and his hope is to use his all of his experiences to help junior rowers reach their full potential both on and off the water.


Janet Cheung

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.