Our Coaching Team

At SUBC our coaches are second to none.

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Don McLachlan

Don joined SUBC as head Coach in late 2016 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 is currently coaching the Australian Senior Men’s Lightweight Double and Heavyweight Women’s Quad.


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.

Chris coached the NSW Men’s Youth VIII in 2019 to a gold medal victory continuing their dominance in that event.

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Alfie Young

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

Alfie is Director of Rowing at Queenwood School and coaches to higher level women athletes at SUBC.

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

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Jack Hanley

Jack has been a successful lightweight competitor for Sydney University while completing his degree in Exercise Physiology.

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


Serena Cox

Serena Cox is an assistant coach at SUBC, working with Alfie Young and the womens development group.

Serena rowed at SUBC for many years representing Australia and NSW before recently transitioning into a coaching role where she has found fine form.


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.