Meet The Coaches
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.
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.
Pete is an experienced rowing coach having coached at numerous school programs with success across a variety of levels.
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.
Alan Bennett (AB) is a passionate coach who has previously coaches at SUBC from 2005-2010. AB brings a wealth of knowledge in high performance and development rowing from his previous positions.
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.
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.