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.

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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.

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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.


Tom Laurich

Tom Laurich joined SUBC in 2019, Tom previously coached numerous high performance athletes at a national level and at the  Victorian Institute of Sport.

Tom was also a very successful athlete competing for Australia at Juniors, Under 23's, and senior A level including the Athens and Beijing Olympic games.

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Phil Titterton

Phill has coached SU women rowers since 1967.  As a keen masters rower himself, he helped set up the SU women’s masters squad in 1995, and he has coached that squad ever since.

Phill has earned a blue from SUBC (1966) for his rowing, and a gold from SUWRC (2002), Life Membership from SUBC (2018) and an OAM (2020) for his long term and wide-ranging contributions to rowing as a sport.

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Kirsten Liljeqvist

Kirsten is a committed masters rower who has coached the SU women’s masters squad since 2018.  She is also part of the coaching team for MLC School girls who also row out of the SU Glebe shed.