Meet The Coaches

Don McLachlan

Don joined SUBC as head Coach in 2017 after spending the 2012-2016 Olympiad as Head Coach of Ireland. Prior to that Don was Head Coach at Imperial College Boat Club in the UK.

In 2018 Don was awarded Rowing Australia “Pathway Coach of the Year”.


Don has been appointed coach of a number of under 23 and senior Australian crews in the past few years since his arrival at the club.

Chris Holliday

Chris joined SUBC in July 2018 after six years as Head Coach at St Andrew's College in South Africa and at Rhodes University.


Chris has previously coached in Sydney at both Loreto Kirribilli and at Sydney University Women's Rowing Club.

In 2019 Chris was coach of the NSW Youth VIII where his crew won gold. Chris was coach again for 2020 but Nationals was not held this year.

Alfie Young

Alfie joined SUBC in September 2016 from Mosman Rowing Club where he excelled in the development of women rowers.

Alfie is has excelled in his position at the club taking numerous crews to world championship events.

At the 2017 Rower of the Year Awards, Alfie was awarded Pathway Coach of the Year from Rowing Australia.

Jack Hanley

Jack has been a successful lightweight competitor for Sydney University while completing his degree in Exercise Physiology but is now SUBC's youth coach and Head of Recruitment.

Jack coaches a range of athletes at SUBC, however, he mainly focuses on Learn to Row, school-leaver athletes, and other club development athletes.

Kit Cunningham-Reid

Kit is an assistant coach at SUBC working with Chris Holliday, and with the club’s development athletes to help with their stepping stone to their next level at the club.

Kit is a renowned rower, representing Australia from 2013 - 2015, and collecting several medals along the way.

Catriona Rose

Catriona joined SUBC in 2020 and mainly works with Alfie coaching development women rowing squads to help them with the opportunity to step into squads that could see them be selected for national teams.


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