Women’s Junior Coaching Staff
Associate Head Coach: David Hammond
Dave Hammond started rowing at Everett Rowing Association in the state of Washington as a freshman in high school. He was a successful lightweight oarsman, setting the lightweight club erg record, as well as medaling in several lightweight events. His time there culminated in a NW Regional Championship and an appearance in the Youth National Championships in the Lightweight 8+. He spent his college years rowing the club circuit for Orange Coast College and Washington State University. Highlights of his time there include WIRA championships in the Lightweight 8+, Lightweight 4+, and Novice 4+. Those conference championships led to an ACRA National Championship in the Novice 4+, and an ACRA silver medal in the light 4+. Other notable results include a San Diego Crew Classic victory and a medal at the PAC 12 Championship.
Following his career as an athlete, Dave jumped into coaching at Everett Rowing Association. There, he coached crews to several Brentwood Regatta championships as well as a silver medal at the NW Regional Championship. After Everett, Dave moved to Sacramento, CA and began coaching at UC Davis and River City Rowing Club. He still coaches both today. UCD enjoyed one of its most successful years last year, winning the San Diego Crew Classic in the Novice 8+, and picking up medals at WIRA and ACRA. The Varsity 8+ also had one of the highest placements in club history, with a 5th place finish at ACRA. These results led to an overall 3rd place finish for the club at ACRA. Both clubs are experiencing periods of significant growth and he looks forward to another successful spring season before joining us in Philadelphia this summer.
As a coach, Dave believes in creating competitive environments which push athletes to succeed. He finds that competition helps to bring out the best in athletes, allowing them to reach their highest potential, and firmly believes it leads to tight team bonds, a strong culture of hard work, and the constant pursuit of excellence.
“I coach due to the profound effect rowing has had on my life. I hope to have a positive influence on my athletes lives in the way coaches have had for me. I’m thrilled about the opportunity to coach the PennAC junior women this year, and to coach on the historic Boathouse Row. I’m excited for camp to get started!” -Dave
Assistant Coach: Emilie Muller
Emilie Muller is in her first year as the novice coach at Wellesley College, in Wellesley, MA. She joined Wellesley after spending a year with the Nashville Rowing Club in Nashville, TN, where she coached junior men and women, masters, and helped facilitate team travel, summer programming and equipment management.
She graduated from Bates College in 2016, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Religious Studies. A member of the Bobcats 2015 NCAA Division III National Championship team, Muller spent over half of her career in the Varsity Eight, including during the team’s run to the national title. As a senior, she earned the Bates College Rowing Association’s Emily E. Dorrance Award, given annually to the ‘the female rower who strives for athletic excellence for both herself and her teammates.’ She earned All-NESCAC honors as a senior and was a CRCA, NESCAC and NIRC All-Academic Selection multiple times during her career. A native of Concord, NH, she is thrilled for the opportunity to learn from athletes and coaches, on and off the Schuylkill!
Men’s Junior Coaching Staff
Associate Head Coach: David Herrick
Dave Herrick is in his first season as a graduate assistant coach and second season overall with the Virginia rowing program under Kevin Sauer. Herrick was a volunteer assistant coach with the Cavaliers in 2016-17.
Herrick walked onto the men’s rowing team at Washington State the fall of 2010 as a novice and proceeded to row for four years. He received All-PAC 12 honors in 2013 and 2014, while also serving as a member of the Student Officer Corps.
Herrick began coaching at WSU during the 2014-2015 season as an assistant and helped guide the Cougars to their best season in five years. WSU captured first in the Lightweight Men’s 8+ and 4+, second in the Varsity 8+, bronze in the second Novice 8+ and Open 2x at the WIRA championship.
At ACRA’s, the highlights included silver medals in the Lightweight Men’s 4+ and Open 2x, and a fifth-place finish in the Novice 8+, with the Varsity 8+ placing 10th.
During the 2015-2016 season, Herrick served as a volunteer coach with the Syracuse men’s team under Dave Reischman, coaching the Second Freshman 8+ in the fall, and the spare pair for the IRA National Championships.
This will be Herrick’s third summer with Penn AC, the summers of 2016 and 2017 he served as an assistant coach on the boys side.
Herrick is a Colorado native. He graduated from Washington State with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and is currently pursuing a Masters in Exercise Physiology.
Assistant Coach: Julian Stephanski
Julian Stephanski is the Varsity Men’s Coach at Pacific Rowing Club in San Francisco. He has coached with the program for seven years at all levels, and continues to build a strong program for the future.
Julian is also an ACE certified personal trainer and brings with him a passion for youth athletic development. His expertise in strength and conditioning as well as athletic sequencing is a foundational part of his coaching style.
He rowed as an undergraduate at Gonzaga University from 2007-2011, where he helped the program to compete at the IRA national championship in three out of his four years.
During his college tenure he trained with the USRowing Development camp at University of Wisconsin, racing at club nationals and Canadian Henley in 2009. He developed a love for summer rowing, and seeks to return to a high caliber training center this year with Penn AC Junior Gold.