Coaches

Alyssa Pomfrey

Alyssa Pomfrey is a 2013 graduate of Skidmore College where she rowed on their Women's Varsity team. She was team captain her senior year.  In May she received her MFA from Tufts.  While at Skidmore, she was a summer rowing coach for the Syracuse Chargers junior team with whom she rowed while in high school.

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Varsity Girls Coach, Head Coach

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Andy O'Brien

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.

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Varsity Boys Coach

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Kirsten Girard

Kirsten Girard started rowing in high school in Seattle, Washington. She went on to row on the Varsity Women's team at the University of Tennessee, where she graduated from in 2019. She is in Boston pursuing her Master's degree in coaching. Kirsten hopes to share her love and passion for rowing with the novice girls team.

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Novice Girls Coach

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Joanna Coombs

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.

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Assistant Girls Coach

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Jon Raichek

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.

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Novice Boys Coach

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