Rowing Coaches

Ethan Curren Director of Rowing and Head Coach

Ethan Curren

Director of Rowing
Ethan Curren joined  Genesee Waterways Center in 2015 as our Director of Rowing. Coach Curren spent 22 years at Community Rowing Inc. (CRI) in Brighton, MA, where more than 100 medals were won at the USRowing Club Championships under his tenure. He was integral in helping CRI grow to be the largest rowing club in North America.

While at CRI, Ethan helped build a vibrant adult sweep program. Serving at various times as the head coach of recreational sweep and competitive masters, he has worked with rowers of all ages and skill levels. He also designed and coached the sculling programs at CRI, and has extensive experience coaching both novice and experienced scullers.

Coach Curren also served as the Director of Coaching Education at CRI, helping to start the Institution for Rowing Leadership (IRL), a graduate level program in rowing coaching. At IRL he taught courses on training plan design, mental preparation for rowing and program design, and orchestrated extensive lecture series, round tables and professional development conferences for coaches.

He has served on the USRowing Youth committee since 2001 as well as the USRowing education committee and the Junior Women’s Committee. He has been honored as the Junior Coach of the Year from the Joy of Sculling, runner up for Coach of the Year from Rowing News and received a lifetime service award from the SRA Junior Conference.

Karen Morgan

Karen Morgan

Karen is a US Rowing Level III certified coach. Besides coaching at GWC, she coaches at Pittsford Crew. Karen has a special interest in injury prevention through biomechanics as well as strength and conditioning as it pertains to rowing.

Karen started rowing in a learn to row program at the Genesee Waterways Center in 2007. What started as a recreational fitness activity became a passion. She has dedicated herself to proper rowing technique, training for optimal performance, injury prevention and effective coaching strategies. Her coaching certifications and education includes numerous coaching clinics given by top national team coaches and experts in the fields of sports psychology, nutrition for athletes and rowing biomechanics.

Karen was a competitive swimmer in high school and college. When she isn’t coaching, Karen works as a graphic designer. She and her husband George own Fusion Reactions, a design and marketing firm in Rochester.

Cassidy Goepel

Cassidy Goepel

Cassidy has coached our summer ’15 Experienced Master’s Rowing program. Cassidy is also an assistant coach for the RIT women’s crew varsity squad, and has coached for Ithaca College.

Cassidy started her rowing career in 2003 at The Gunnery School in Connecticut and rowed for four years at Ithaca College. During her time as an undergrad, her boat won the New York State Championship two years in a row and she competed in the NCAA Championship, assisting her team in earning a fourth place overall team award. She was also able to participate in the inaugural year of the varsity sculling program at Ithaca College during her first year of graduate work culminating in a first place finish for the lightweight doubles event at the Head of the Fish. Cassidy is also a Physical Therapist.

Dennis Fronheiser

Dennis Fronheiser

Dennis has been a member of the Genesee Waterways Center since  its inception in 1996 and prior with the Rochester Rowing Club.  He is a USRowing Coach Level II and US Rowing Judge-Referee. Dennis does pretty much all the boat repairs around GWC, and contributes in invaluable ways across many of GWC, from facilities to livery to safety to programming.


Liz Kowalke

Liz has rowed, raced and coached with various clubs in Rochester. She teaches Learn-to-Row at GWC. Liz is a certified Level II USRowing Coach and has coached at Pittsford Crew for almost 5 years.

Liz’s professional background is in Clinical Psychology, with an MFCC, and additional clinical and psychoanalytic graduate work. Liz appreciates the privilege of exploring human nature and enjoys coaching as a natural extension. Liz is also an assistant coach with NAIADES Oncology Rowing.


Mark Salzler

Mark Salzler is the Head Coach for Mercy Crew. He is also the head coach for NAIADES Oncology Rowing.

Mark’s rowing background is extensive. We hope to post a longer bio with further details soon.


Emily Farrar

Emily is the Varsity Head Coach for Mercy Crew.

Emily rowed for Pittsford Crew throughout high school. She then rowed for the Division 1
school of the University of Tulsa, competing on the varsity team for four years. She is a proficient sculler as well, competing at numerous regattas in singles, doubles and quads.
Emily is a USrowing Level II Coach and is pursuing continued coaching education.


Jon Covney

Jon is the Head Coach for McQuaid’s Friends of Scholastic Rowing team. He joined McQuaid’s program in the fall of 2016 after being the Program Coordinator and Boys Head Coach at Pittsford Crew for the past few years.

Jon is also an Alumnus of McQuaid, where he rowed for four years. He also competed for Ithaca College for four years.
Jon is a USRowing Level II Coach.