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MBC COACHES

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James dundon

Director of Programs and Coaching

With a wealth of experience and expertise, James takes the helm as the Director of Programs and Coaching at Minnesota Boat Club. His leadership sets the stage for a season of unparalleled growth and achievement as he meticulously coordinates goal-driven practices aimed at enhancing the rowing experience for all members. Through his guidance, training sessions are not merely workouts but transformative experiences focused on improving technique, building endurance, and fostering teamwork. James creates an environment where personalized instruction and feedback are prioritized, empowering athletes to engage in continuous learning and development. 

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CRAIG DODSON

Technical Director, Masters Select Coach

Craig has been rowing and coaching since 1996. He is a five-time US National Champion and has placed in the top three at US World Championships, Pan American Games, and Olympic Trials on multiple occasions.

 

Craig's coaching experience includes high school, college, senior, master, and elite level athletes; with those he has coached earning national titles at the US Scholastic Championships, IRA and NCAA Championships, US Masters National Championships, and US National Championships. His athletes have gone on to compete on behalf of the US National Team at the World Championships. 

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Craig has rowed and coached across the country, mostly training and working with athletes in the Twin Cities and Philadelphia, PA. Craig joined the coaching staff of Minnesota Boat Club in 2017 working with the Competitive Men. Since then, Craig has been the coach of both the men and women's open teams. 

 

Craig took over as Technical Director of Minnesota Boat Club in 2024.  He primarily works with the masters select team, however is involved with each team as the season progresses. Craig is excited to work with the coaching team and the athletes of MBC towards perfecting the rowing stroke, improved fitness, and a strong showing at the NWIRA regatta in August. 

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With a wealth of experience and expertise, James takes the helm as the Director of Programs and Coaching at Minnesota Boat Club. His leadership sets the stage for a season of unparalleled growth and achievement as he meticulously coordinates goal-driven practices aimed at enhancing the rowing experience for all members. Through his guidance, training sessions are not merely workouts but transformative experiences focused on improving technique, building endurance, and fostering teamwork. James creates an environment where personalized instruction and feedback are prioritized, empowering athletes to engage in continuous learning and development.

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JAMES DUNDON

Director of Programs and Coaching

Steve Whicher

Competitive Coach

Steve has been involved in the competitive sport of rowing since 1974, when he started as a high-school freshman in St. Catharines, Canada. During the 1970s and 1980s Steve competed with the Thunder Bay Rowing Club, University of Victoria, and Ridley Grad Boat Club. Competitive highlights include winning the Men’s Single, Dash Single, and Cox 4 at the Canadian Club Championship. Steve was a perennial
winner of the Men’s Single and Double at the Northwestern International Regatta (1980 – 1987). Canadian Henley victories include the Men’s Double and Men’s Quad. As a Master’s rower Steve found success again competing at the Minneapolis Rowing Club in the early 2000s winning the Single and Double at the Northwest.

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Steve has coached intermittently since 1990 in the Twin Cities, first at the Minnesota Boat Club, then at
St. Thomas University (where he is again/currently the Head Coach). Later he coached the Men’s
Competitive team at Minneapolis Rowing Club, for one season. An undergraduate degree in Physical
Education and a PhD in Exercise Science provides a strong foundation to help guide rowers to achieve
their highest potential. He is excited to be back at Minnesota Boat Club (Summer 2023) coaching the
Competitive Program.

Tom was named the first Director of Minnesota Boat Club and led the club to a Lipton Cup victory at the NWIRA in 2013. Tom has mentored previous MBC coaches and taught many learn to row sessions, sharing his knowledge with all. Tom has extensive knowledge of equipment and the rowing stroke.

Tom recently made his way back to the competition scene, rowing and racing for 612Endurance. He has a passion for the sport- teaching both new and experienced rowers to be more efficient, effective, and faster. He states "I will never lose sight of the notion that this sport needs to be fun."

Tom returned to Minnesota Boat Club in 2020 to take over as the Masters program coach. He is excited to continue his work with the Masters in 2021. Tom also works with other programs and coaches on development and technique. We are thrilled to have such an established rower and coach on our staff.

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isabella granse

Junior / U20  Coach

Isabella began rowing in 2015 as a junior at the Minneapolis Rowing Club. She quickly progressed as a sculler, becoming a competitive single rower in high school along with rowing in the top junior eight. In the fall of 2016, Isabella started college at the University of St. Thomas. She was one of the few freshman varsity female members in the history of the University of St. Thomas. Her leadership was evident from the beginning, serving on the board as Commodore months after starting on the team. Throughout her tenure at the University of St. Thomas, Isabella had numerous successful regatta performances in a variety of boat classes from the single to the eight. She was named President of the Club her senior year. Her success as a rower has continued as an open athlete, winning multiple races in 2023.

 

Isabella began coaching Long Lake Rowing Club in 2017. While there, she coached middle school camps, private lessons, masters and had several successful seasons as the Junior Team Assistant Coach. She has also coached the adult program at the Minneapolis Rowing Club. Isabella previously coached at Minnesota Boat Club for two years, including serving under our legendary Coach Miriam Baer as the Junior Assistant Coach. Isabella returns to Minnesota Boat Club with a wealth of experience coaching sculling and sweeping in all ages and she is a USRowing Level 2 Coach. She is excited to be back at St. Paul and join in the pursuit of the Lipton Trophy (The NWIRA Club Championship Trophy). Outside of rowing, Isabella has a Masters in Education, is a high school biology teacher and enjoys rock climbing, playing in the orchestra, and traveling.

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Nathan hohenshell

Masters Endurance Coach

Nathan is a guiding force of endurance and resilience as the Masters Endurance Coach. With a focus on building stamina, endurance, and mental toughness,

namthan leads rigorous training sessions designed to push athletes beyond their limits. Through his strategic coaching approach, athletes develop not only physical strength but also a sense of confidence and determination. 

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TYLER BURKUM

TYLER BURKUM

Learn to Row Coordinator

LYNN HODNETT

LYNN HODNETT

Learn to Row Coach

ELSA CASSELLIUS

ELSA CASSELLIUS

Learn to Row Coach

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