Women’s Junior Coaching Staff
Associate Head Coach: David Hammond
Dave Hammond returns for his 2nd year as the Associate Head Coach of the Penn AC Gold Junior Women’s program. He 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: Serra Sevenler
Serra Sevenler joins Penn AC as the current Women’s Varsity Coach at the Rochester Institute of Technology and the Director of Rowing at the Genesee Rowing Club. Last year, Serra was the Head Men’s Coach at the University of Rochester for 2017-18. Prior to coaching in Rochester, she was a Graduate Assistant Coach for the Division I women’s team at the University of Buffalo for the 2016-17 season. Before coaching at UB, Serra spent a year as the Lead Junior Rowing Coach at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in 2015-16.
Serra started rowing at Mercy High School in Rochester, NY where she placed second at Head of the Charles her senior year in the U18 Open Singles. She went on to row at the University of Rochester where she led the team as captain her junior and senior seasons, and won gold at the Dad Vail Regatta in 2015. She holds a Master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Buffalo.
Men’s Junior Coaching Staff
Associate Head Coach: Julian Stephanski
Julian Stephanski returns for his 2nd year as part of the men’s junior coaching staff at Penn AC, being promoted from the Assistant Coach in 2018 to the Associate Men’s Head Coach of the Penn AC Gold Junior Men’s program in 2019. He also enters his first season as Marin Rowing Associations’s Varsity Boy’s Assistant Coach in 2018-2019.
Prior to Marin Rowing, Coach Stephanski spent the past six seasons at Pacific Rowing Club in San Francisco, CA. Most recently he was the Varsity Men’s Head Coach and prior to that he helped with the Novice Men’s and Women’s squads.
Prior to coaching, Coach Stephanski worked at Square, Inc. while becoming a ACE certified personal trainer. As a collegiate rower he was a member of the Gonzaga University men’s team until graduating in 2011 with a degree in psychology with a minor in philosophy.
Coach Stephanski grew up in San Francisco, CA and was a junior at Pacific Rowing Club between 2003-2007. He graduated in 2007 as a three-year letter-winner and earned a gold medal in the Men’s Varsity 8+ his senior year at the USRowing Youth National Championships.
Coach Stephanski currently resides in Daly City, CA.
Assistant Coach: TBD