Jon Raichek has been rowing recreationally and competitively for over twenty years. Jon joins AB Crew after coaching the boys novice squad at Westford Littleton. He has served as a USRowing Referee and Head of the Charles Umpire. Jon continues to compete at local and regional regattas as a rower, sculler and occasional coxswain including Head of the Charles, Head of the Fish, Independence Day Regatta in Philadelphia and Masters Nationals. He is a USRowing certified Level 2 Coach. He is also certified as an American Red Cross Lifeguard.
Andy O'Brien lives in Arlington and is the father of Annalie, who rowed for AB, Class of 2018. Andy has been rowing since 1979 and has rowed for Riverside since 1985. He has medaled in the last four HOCRs as one of the rowers in a master's 4+, competed in the Canadian Henley and tried out for the 1984 US Olympic team. Andy is passionate about rowing and has a deep understanding of the science of rowing and sports physiology in general. As an Assistant Coach he will be able to apply this knowledge to help the coaches create more effective training programs and work with smaller groups and individual athletes to help them reach their full potential.
Joanna Coombs is local to the Boston area, and learned how to row with her high school team on the Charles River. She graduated from Clemson University in 2017, where she rowed on the Varsity Women’s team. Her final season she decided to switch gears and coach the novice squad on the Clemson Club team. She joined AB crew in 2017 with the goal of sharing her knowledge and love of rowing with the athletes.
Coach Klenk came to rowing as an adult in 2012. From her first day in a boat, she fell in love with the sport. She took all opportunities to get involved from that moment on: racing, supporting team efforts like fundraising and recruitment, working in club administration, volunteering at other regattas, and coaching. Rowing has become central to all aspects of her life.
After receiving her degree in Environmental Engineering Science from MIT, Jody had a successful engineering career before earning her M.Ed. in secondary science education and teaching middle school science. She transitioned to coaching professionally in 2017 obtaining her US Rowing Level II certification. Along the way, she has coached all age groups; her programs have included learn to row, winter erging, and summer clinics.
Coach Klenk is an avid outdoor enthusiast. When not in a shell she enjoys road cycling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, swimming, and walking her two greyhounds. In addition, she continues to compete as a masters rower having participated in over 30 regattas both local and away, big and small, sprint and head races. She looks forward to sharing her zeal for rowing with the AB Crew family.