SUBC has four key  coaches and a number of part time coaches who assist with additional programs.


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Director of Rowing - Dustyn Butler

Dustyn started initially with SUBC as our Development Coach. Following the appointment of Mark Prater to the NTC in 2016 Dustyn the coaching structure was revamped and Dustyn was appointed as SUBC's Director of Rowing.

Dustyn moved to Australia in 2015 initially for four years and comes from a period in the UK coaching at Thames Rowing Club. In the years 2009 – 2012 Dustyn served in a number of coaching roles on the South African national team with the women’s pair, men’s single and U23 lightweights with his final role being assistant coach to Paul Jackson for the South African Lightweight Four. That crews’ thrilling win in London was a highlight of the 2012 Olympic Regatta.

Dustyn's role in development was highlighted in early 2017 when five SUBC athletes were incluided in the New South Wales men's Youth Eight which won by 7 seconds

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Head Coach High Performance  

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.


Lead Development Coach - Debbie Fox

Debbie joined SUBC in 2011 as Head Women's Coach. Following the merger of the men's and women's programs Debbie was appointed as full time Lead Development Coach.

Debbie brings extensive experience in talent ID and athlete development to this role.

In July /August Debbie led a team of six U23 women from SUBC to Canadian Henley winning two events - the U23 double and quad.

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Women's Coach - 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. In 2017 Aflie coached the Australian U23 Women's Lightweight Quad at the U23 World Championships in Plovdiv.

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