GREENWICH CREW

Mike LACHANT, NOVICE BOYS COACH, VARSITY ASSISTANT COACH

HERB SOROCA, ​HEAD NOVICE BOY'S COACH

MIKE WIENEKE, DIRECTOR OF ROWING

Originally from Arlington, Texas, Darren began rowing his sophomore year in high school at the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, winning several SE Regional championships to qualify for the Youth National Championships in 2004 and 2005. After high school, he was recruited to row under Coach Chris Clark at the University of Wisconsin, where he earned two bronze medals at the IRA National Championship, a gold at the Eastern Sprints Conference Championships, and a gold medal at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in St. Catherines, Onatario.  After graduating in 2009, Darren worked for the University of Wisconsin as a Boatman/Rigger for all three of the collegiate rowing teams.
Before joining the Water Club as Head Masters Coach, Darren spent the past five years at Port Rowing, a Long Island based club program catering to middle school, high school, masters and adaptive rowers. Most recently, he served as Director of Rowing and Head Coach of the program, working primarily with the Junior Women as well as leading the expansion of the Adaptive Rowing program.

 Darren can be reached via email at dgary@greenwichwaterclub.com.

Scott Branscombe, Head Middle School Coach

Robert Montague is the Head Junior Men's Coach at Greenwich Crew, a position he has held since 2013. Robert started rowing in 1998 on the Norwalk River. He went on to row at the University of Connecticut and began coaching the UConn men after graduating. Robert has also coached at the College of William and Mary in Virginia and Murray State University in Kentucky. He continues to row competitively on the master's circuit and looks forward to leading the Greenwich juniors to success at the regional level and beyond. 

In 2015 Rob helped the Varsity Men qualify their Varsity 8+ and Lightweight 8+ for US Rowing Youth Nationals.  

Rob can be reached via e-mail at rmontague@greenwichwaterclub.com.

Cary Wasserman started his rowing career as coxswain at the Salisbury School under legendary Head Coach, Dick Curtis.  At Salisbury, Cary coxed future US Olympians as well as future collegiate national champions.  He was the first coxswain to be named the Hugh Cheney Outstanding Oarsmen (MVP) in the 100+ year history of the school.  After Salisbury, Cary coxed at Hobart College where he led the 2007 IRA V4+ to a 5th place finish and won the Bronze Medal in the Collegiate 8 at the Head of the Charles.  He was also a member of several Liberty League Crews of the Year.  After college, Cary worked in the Human Resources and Talent Acquisition field in both the Financial Services and Tech Industry.  Meanwhile in his spare time, he worked as an Assistant Coach at Greenwich Academy and coxed several Hobart College Alumni 8’s.  Cary’s success both on the water and off will lend well to the multiple hats he will wear with Greenwich Crew.  Cary will be coaching the Masters and Junior rowing teams as well as creating and implementing new programs. 

HEIDI HUNSBERGER, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ROWING, HEAD VARSITY WOMEN'S COACH

ROBERT MONTAGUE, HEAD VARSITY BOY'S COACH

Cary WASSERMAN, Rowing COach

Catherine Starr, ​HEAD NOVICE GIRL'S COACH

Scott began rowing at the start of his first year at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He spent the next four years training and racing with the team at regattas around the northeast such as the Head of the Charles, Head of the Fish, Dad Vail, and NERCs, earning medals at the Knecht Cup and ECAC regattas. Upon graduating in 2011 with a BA in Comparative Literature and Spanish, he moved to North Carolina where he began coaching as an assistant for both youth and masters rowers, and eventually transitioned into the role of director of rowing at a sailing and rowing club in the Charlotte area. Scott's most recent position was as the Middle School Program Director and Head Coach at Essex Rowing Club in Massachusetts, where he also spent significant time coaching the masters program. After a brief hiatus from coaching during which he completed a master's degree in Education at the University of New Hampshire, he is excited to be back on the water working with the Middle School and Development programs at Greenwich Crew, and lending a hand wherever else he may be needed.

Herb Soroca learned to row at Columbia College where he was varsity captain his Junior and Senior years. While in his last year at Columbia University School of Law, he had his first coaching experience as coach of Lightweight crew. After graduation from law school, Herb served as acting Head Coach of his Alma Mater. Between his second and third year of law school, Herb represented the United States in the Maccabiah games where he won a gold medal in the coxed four.

Herb’s business career is in the financial world and when he stopped commuting to Wall Street, he joined the Norwalk River Rowing Club masters program where he raced in and medaled in US Masters National regattas and participated in the World Masters regatta in Montreal, Canada.

Herb also raced and medaled in many Masters regattas as well as East Coast Head races including the Head of the Housatonic, the Head of the Connecticut, the Head of the Schuylkill and the well known and prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in which he rowed both eights and a single

Darren Gary, Head Masters ROWING COACH

Catherine graduated from Brown University in 2005 with a B.A. in the History of Art. At Brown she was a captain, NCAA Champion, All-American and CRCA Scholar Athlete. Catherine competed for the United States, winning a U23 World Championship in the 4- in 2005. From there she continued to train while also coaching high school athletes at Saugatuck Rowing Club where her athletes attained considerable success, placing at the Head of the Charles and Youth Nationals. Those athletes also ended up rowing on the collegiate level at schools that include Trinity, Harvard, Yale, and Brown.  Catherine returned to Brown University in 2010 and was an integral member of the coaching staff, working for her former coaches John and Phoebe Murphy. Catherine was also the main recruiting coordinator for the program and during her tenure athletes that she recruited and worked with won an NCAA Team Championship in 2011, Ivy Team Championship in 2014 and 2015,  as well as individual boat titles at both the NCAA Championship and Ivy League Championship. Most recently Starr was honored as a CRCA Coaching Staff of the Year for the New England Region (2015).

Catherine can be reached via email at cstarr@greenwichwaterclub.com


Heidi graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009 with a B.A. in English. During her time at Wisconsin, Heidi  spent four years on the women’s lightweight team. A two-time All-American coxswain, Hunsberger directed the UW lightweight eight to IRA national titles and EAWRC conference titles in 2008 and 2009. An Academic All-Big Ten rower in 2009, she was also awarded a Performance Award by the UW athletic department in 2009 for academic excellence. A native of Wilton, CT, Heidi started her rowing career in 2002 with Norwalk River Rowing Association and Maritime Rowing Club.
After graduation, Heidi spent one year as the volunteer assistant for the novice lightweight team at Wisconsin. She became the novice lightweight  coach in August of 2010, and also held duties assisting the varsity lightweight program until June of 2013. During her time coaching at Wisconsin, Heidi coached the lightweight 4+ to three back to back IRA  National titles.

As Girl's Head Coach, Heidi has helped the Varsity Women qualify the Lightweight 8+ for US Rowing Youth Nationals in 2014 & 2015. 

Heidi can be reached at hhunsberger@greenwichwaterclub.com . 

Mike graduated from the University of Delaware in 2015 with a B.A in Secondary Education. At the University of Delaware, Mike was a member of the first varsity lightweight eight his sophomore through senior year. Over the course of his rowing career at Delaware, he won gold medals at the Dad Vail regatta in 2012, 2013, and 2015 as well as a 4th place finish at the Head of the Charles Regatta. 

 Originally from New Jersey, Mike began rowing during his freshman year of high school at St. Joseph's Prep in 2007. He spent the previous year working at St. Joe's  as an assistant coach on the boys' crew team.  Mike helped coach the freshman four which earned a bronze medal at the Philadelphia Championship Regatta and the freshman eight which earned a bronze medal at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta. 

Mike graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2007 with a degree in Government and a minor in Economics. While at St. Lawrence, he was a three year member of the varsity crew team. He competed with his team at the Head of the Charles, Head of the Fish, New York State Championships and ECAC Championships, as well as many other smaller regattas. During his senior year Mike was co-captain of the Men’s Crew team and was recognized as the 2007 Athletic Ambassador for his work though out the St. Lawrence community. Mike represented St. Lawrence University and the Liberty League Athletic Conference on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee gaining invaluable experience with college recruiting and the NCAA.

Mike joined the Water Club coaching staff in the Fall of 2008 as an assistant coach with the middle school program. In the Spring of 2010 he transitioned into a full time position as Program Coordinator for Junior Rowing. In this position Mike oversaw all of our junior programming and served as the Head Coach of our Middle School teams.

In the Fall of 2010 Mike was promoted to Director of Rowing where he oversees all of our Masters and Junior rowing programs.

Mike can be reached via e-mail at mwieneke@greenwichwaterclub.com

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