We believe in responsible athlete development that creates a lasting foundation for success. The coach-athlete relationship is built on the athlete’s trust in the coach and the coach’s care for the athlete. It is the responsibility of the coach to develop each athlete’s understanding of rowing and how they can row more proficiently. Our focus is on the student learning, not the accolades of the coach teaching. Coaches will only use themselves as an example when relating to their students' struggle and how they can overcome any challenge. Learning to row well is challenging, so we want every step along the path of improvement to be met with words of encouragement. There are no rewards or hierarchies except those earned by achievement. We support continued education and competitive compensation to maintain the highest quality coaching staff.




Rachel started her rowing career in 2006 while in middle school. She rowed at the University of Dayton while attending as an undergrad. Rachel has coached youth rowing since 2009. Rachel lives in Dayton.


Elizabeth McNutt

Elizabeth started her rowing career in 2000 as a youth rower. She continued rowing at Miami University (Ohio) while attending undergrad from 2004-2008. Elizabeth has coached youth learn-to-row during the summer since 2005 and has been a full time youth coach since 2008.
Elizabeth lives in Dayton with her husband Tyler, son Killian, and two dogs Toby and Dieter.


Sarah Storm 

Sarah started her rowing career in 2003 at the University of Notre Dame while attending as an undergrad. Sarah has coached youth rowing since 2011. Sarah lives in Dayton with her husband Scott, and son Alex.


Alex Walters


Alex began rowing his freshman year at the University of Cincinnati.

Following graduation, Alex coached with the University of Cincinnati as Novice Coach. In 2009 he joined the Greater Dayton youth rowing program as Assistant Coach. In 2010 he was selected as the Head Coach of the Greater Dayton youth rowing program. Under his direction, Greater Dayton annually advanced boats to the USRowing Youth National Championships, with a record five boats competing at the 2014 USRowing Youth National Championships. In 2015 he joined Gem City Crew, the region’s first youth-only rowing program. Among his alumni are rowers that were awarded Division I athletic scholarships and have continued to be successful at the University level.

Alex is a USRowing Level III certified coach.

Alex lives in Dayton with his wife Rebecca, daughters Eloise and Nora, and two dogs Amos and Gideon.