Current Coaching Staff



Aaron Marcovy - Head Coach

Aaron Marcovy became head coach in the fall of 2013 after a distinguished rowing career. A 2001 graduate of St. Ignatius High School where he won numerous championships he went on to row at Columbia University then to Oxford University to pursue graduate studies. While at Oxford he won the Boat Race against Cambridge in 2008. He was then invited to train at pre-elite camps in Philadelphia and Oklahoma City until 2012 when life and health warranted a step away from competition. He now works in PR for MCPc in Cleveland.




Tim Marcovy LAW'77 - Assistant Coach

Coach Tim has coached Case Crew from 1993 till 1996 and from 2002 until 2008 and was one of the five founders of the Western Reserve Rowing Association. He joined the coaching ranks again in the fall of 2013 to help his son build another generation of Case rowers. He has been on the SARA Board of Directors since the organization's inception. Coach Tim is a Case alumnus (LAW '77) and a partner in the law firm of Willacy, LoPresti & Marcovy in Cleveland. He has competed as a rower and a sculler in over 150 regattas, including seven Masters' Nationals Regattas and seven Head of the Charles regattas. His daughter is a former high school rower and former rowing coach. His son, an IRA medal-winning oarsman for Columbia University and 2008 Boat Race winner for Oxford University, as well as an adult and junior rowing coach. At the 2009 spring alumni regatta the team named a recently purchased Resolute 8+ in Tim's honor (photos here).




Rachel Stanley - Assistant Coach

Rachel Stanley joined the coaching staff as assistant coach in Spring 2013. Rachel began rowing with Cleveland’s adult rowing program, Western Reserve Rowing Association, in 2007. She has competed at the masters’ level since 2009 in a dedicated women’s 4+ which has re-qualified a Club 4+ bid to the Charles since 2011. Rachel began coaching in 2010, and sat on WRRA’s Board of Directors from 2011-2013 as the Director of Rowing Leagues, running the approximately 400 member Summer Rowing League.

Professionally, Rachel works as a Senior Financial Analyst at KeyBank supporting revenue generating lines of business within the Key’s Corporate Bank.




Bob Gannon - Assistant Coach

Bob Gannon has been a rower with Western Reserve Rowing Association since 1995. He began sweep rowing with the Summer Rowing League and by the end of the summer was sculling in a double. He has competed in a variety of boats from single to eights in many regattas in Cleveland, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Chicago and Boston. He has attended Craftsbury Sculling Center and remains an avid sculler. He began coaching the team as an assistant coach in the Fall of 2010 and continued until the Fall 2013. He then re-joined the coaching staff in the fall of 2014 to assist coaching the novices. He is a graduate of RPI (Rensselaer Polythechic Institute) in Troy NY, and was accepted into the Weatherhead School at Case where he attended for only a short time. He is on the TAC (technical advisory commitee) for Engineers Without Borders and has a loose association to Case's chapter of this great program. He continues to help coach numerous programs in Cleveland including substituting for the Case coaches on occasion.



Past Coaches


Dan Bachmann BA'97, MD'02

Dan rowed on Case Crew for four years during his undergrad experience. He was extremely involved with the team as club president for two years. Dan stepped up and helped coach the novices after he graduated until he went to Med school also at Case.




Kristine Baggett BA'86, MBA'92

Kristine served as the club's faculty advisor for a number of years and volunteer coach on a few occasions until she moved west in 1997. She is currently the executive director of the Beaverton Education Foundation in Oregon.




Miranda Cullins

Miranda picked up rowing at Case as a graduate student under the tutelage of Chris Sheridan. After being a stalwart of the women's team for a number of years Miranda picked up the coaching reigns in the fall of 2008. She primarily filled in for the head coaches and helped coach the small boats. She was selected for the USRowing national team pre-elite camp in summer 2009. In March 2010 she was invited to train with the National Team in Princeton, New Jersey.




Karen Glowacki

Karen began her rowing career while attending CWRU in the early 1990's. After graduation, she began coaching the club's novice crews and eventually became the school's head men's and women's coach. Glowacki left CWRU in 1999 to become the varsity men's coach, boatwright, facilities manager and program coordinator for the Niskayuna High School Crew in upstate New York. In 2000, Glowacki arrived at Hamilton College (N.Y.), where she was the assistant rowing coach. Her primary responsibility was the novice program. Coach Glowacki returned to Ohio in the fall of 2001 and served as a volunteer assistant coach for the varsity women's rowing program at The Ohio State University. She then went on to coach for five years at Marietta College as the Head Varsity Women's Coach, but stepped down from this position in 2007.




Fraser Hewson MS'02

After completing his Masters degree at Case, decided to continue his involvement with Case Crew by moving from a seat behind an oar to a seat in the coaching launch. Fraser began rowing at Mendota Rowing Club (Madison, WI) as a freshman in high school. In college, he joined the Badger Team at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. After a post college hiatus, he returned to rowing with Case Crew.




Jim Mack

Jim started coaching the novice men's team in 2006 and wrapped up after the spring 2012 season. He started rowing for the first time in 1998 here in Cleveland. Since that time he's traveled to the Florida Rowing Center and the Craftsbury Rowing Camp for sculling coaching and instruction. This is Coach Jim's first coaching experience, but he is not new to Case. Coach Mack is an emeritus assistant professor from the department of Psychiatry at Case's Medical School. He first moved to Cleveland when he joined the Case faculty in 1970. Although he's been retired since 2003, he still continues his busy research schedule in neuropsychology at Case.




Preya Nixon

Preya Nixon was co-head coach alongside Patty Wolford from 2008 to 2010. She started coxing at the Northfield Mount Hermon School (MA) during the fall of her sophomore year. From then on, she was hooked, and by her senior year she was accepted to the U.S. Junior Women's Selection Camp in 2004. During her high school career she coxed in 2 Head of the Charles. She continued coxing at Mount Holyoke College for 4 years (majoring in Sociology and Organizational Studies), leading her novice boat to 3rd place finish at the New England Rowing Championships in 2005. During her senior year her boat placed 10th at Head of the Charles. Throughout her time at Mount Holyoke, she was awarded the Seven Sisters All-Regatta Team (2004) and the New England Men's and Women's (NEWMAC) all conference varsity crew team. She also coxed for Thompson's Boat Club in the summer of 2005, where the women won the overall points trophy. Preya earned her Masters in Public Administration at Cleveland State University in 2010.




Arkadiy "Ark" Osinovskiy

Coach Ark from the Ukraine was the first coach for Case Crew in the fall of 1992. He was hired by WRRA for the masters program, but also helped out Case that fall.



Chris and Eric

Chris Pfahl MS'97 (left)

Chris made his way to Cleveland and CWRU all the way from Duluth, MN where he attended the University of Minnesota - Duluth. He obtained his graduate degree from Case in the Master of Engineering program and rowed for Case Crew during his two-year program. After graduation, Chris and his room mate, Eric Gerber, picked up the coaching reigns for a few seasons after Coach Marcovy took a hiatus. He is now a sales engineer living in Vermillion, OH.

Eric Gerber (right)

Eric graduated from Cleveland State and now lives in Denver. The latest rumor is that he's running his own IT business and was in Nursing School in Denver (not sure if he finished Nursing School yet). He rowed for WRRA's Summer Rowing League for a few years prior to coaching and had a sub 7-minute 2000M erg score the year he moved away from Cleveland.




Nancy Richter MS'93, PHD'00

Nancy has been a member of WRRA since 1990 and has rowed and sculled in countless regattas, including the Head of the Charles twice and the Marathon Rowing Championships twice. Nancy has volunteered as an assistant coach of Case Crew for a few seasons in the mid-1990's as well as Summer Rowing League. Nancy still sculls and works in Cleveland as a Medical Science Liaison for Roche/Genentech. Both of her graduate degrees from Case are in Biochemistry.




Chris Sheridan - Women's Coach

Chris Sheridan was Case Crew's head women's coach for nearly seven years. Her most successful campaign was the 2005-2006 season, where the varsity men and women won medals at every regatta they entered, including golds in the varsity women's 8+ at the Head of the Cuyahoga, Frogtown, Home Schools and Governor's Cup regattas. The varsity women's 4+ was even more successful, medaling at all of the above regattas as well as finishing third in the semi-finals of the 2006 Dad Vail regatta.

Before joining Case Crew, Chris spent two years coaching a regional girls scholastic rowing program, and five years coaching swimming at a local high school. She is an accomplished masters rower, winning medals at many regional regattas and Masters Nationals. A graduate of Yale University, Chris worked as an editorial writer for The Plain Dealer newspaper for a number of years, now teaches in Case's SAGES program, and is currently on staff in the president's office at CWRU. Chris' last season coaching Case Crew was the Spring of 2008. At the 2009 spring alumni regatta the team named a Vespoli 8+ (formerly the Red Stripe) in her honor (photos here).




Patty Travis (Wolford) MA'07, MSN'09

Patty Wolford transitioned from rowing with to coaching Case crew following her fall graduation in December 2008. She made the transition to Head Coach in 2010 and became the team's first-ever paid coach for the 2012-2013 season. While she was relatively new to the sport when taking over coaching, Patty made up for it in enthusiasm and perseverance. Starting with the Case novice women's team as a graduate student in Fall 2006, Patty quickly caught on to the sport and as they say, the rest is history. She is an accomplished rower earning medals both at the collegiate level as well as the masters level competing with WRRA during the summer season and SARA during the winter season. Patty is a USRowing certified Level 1 coach and plans on continuing her coach training. Originally a native of Maryland, Patty moved to Cleveland Heights in 2004 from the Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky area where she completed her BS at NKU. Currently, she is also the co-leader of her daughter's Girl Scout troop and works on the near Westside as an Adult/ Gerontological Nurse Practitioner. Patty retired from coaching after the spring of 2013 after one of the most successful periods in team history.




Ellen Zienta BS'01

Ellen began rowing during her freshman year, and throughout her tenure her roles expanded to coach and rigger. She helped coach the team during her senior year.


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