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


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Program Director/ Men's Development Coach-

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.


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Club Head Coach and 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.

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



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 2017 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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Head 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.In 2018 Alfie coached national team juniors Ella Mentzines and Rachel Balcomb and U23 Lightweight sculler Wallis Russell - who finished fourth at the World Championships.

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 - Learn to Row Coach

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

Jack also coaches students from novices in March to competitive rowers in August. His Learn To Row 2018 Group was recently nominated for a Participation Award at the SUSF Sports Awards in 2019.

Jack also works with school leavers / U19 & U21 Groups at SUBC as well as the Winter Program.