Bert began rowing in high school at Salisbury school. Originally reluctant to start rowing after hearing it was a grueling sport, he eventually caved his junior year after seeing his physics teacher was a big time rower.


During his first year, he was pulled from the novice squad and into the third varsity 8+ after a strong showing in workouts. His senior year, and second year rowing, he made the varsity 8+. This boat was the first Salisbury 8+ to make it to Nationals! That same year, they attended Henley Royal Regatta and made it to Friday. 


Upon graduating from Salisbury School, Bert attended Cornell University where he studied meteorology and information science, while also member of their lightweight team. His senior year they won the national championship, as well as finishing second place at Henley Royal Regatta in the Temple Challenge Cup. 


After sustaining a back injury, he was put on training hold and began coaching at Oakland Strokes, helping the team with their first two national championships. In addition, Bert helped the lightweight team win a national title in 2018.


Bert joined the coaching staff at Greenwich Crew in the fall of 2019. In the spring of 2021, he coached the u17 Men's 8+ and youth 4- to their national title. 


Outside of rowing, Bert writes, records, and produces music under the name Redshiift. 

A native of Newtown, CT, Nicole began rowing in high school with GMS Rowing Center in New Milford, CT. Upon graduation, Nicole attended a small university for two years before transferring to the University of Connecticut and walking on to their Division I rowing team. She spent three years as a varsity athlete on the team, racing at regattas such as Head of the Charles, Knecht Cup, and Eastern Sprints. Nicole graduated with a degree in Biology and a minor in Sports Nutrition. 

Nicole began her coaching career with Norwalk River Rowing in Norwalk, CT where she contributed to building a program from the ground up. She led the girls team to success at the 2021 Northeast Regionals with the top 3 times in the Novice double category.

Nicole joined the coaching team at Greenwich Crew in the summer of 2021 as an assistant coach on the women's team, working with both the novice and varsity women. 

Nicole can be reached at nchaloux@greenwichwaterclub.com.

ROBERT MONTAGUE

Men's Co-Head Coach

Novice Boys Head Coach

Kelsey Barolak

Varsity Men, Assistant Coach

Masters, Assistant Coach

Martin Villanueva

Varsity Women, Assistant Coach

Paul Ruggeberg

Women's Varsity Head Coach

A native of Greenwich, CT, Paul began his rowing career in high school with Greenwich Rowing. After graduation, Paul completed a post graduate year at Kent School for rowing. He began his coaching experience with Greenwich Rowing during the summers in high school, coaching the middle school summer camps. Paul went on to row at Hobart College where he studied classics and Spanish.

After graduation, Paul was the head coach and Director of Rowing at the Convent of the Sacred Heart High School, while coaching the Greenwich Crew masters in the early mornings. 

In 2017 Paul joined Greenwich Crew full time, as the Novice Women Head Coach, and assists with the Varsity Women and Masters.


Paul can be reached via email at pruggeberg@greenwichwaterclub.com.

Darren Gary

Masters Rowing, Head Coach

Mike brings a love of rowing and youth athletics to our rowing program, with a background in sales and logistics he oversees all of our junior and masters programming. Mike learned to row while attending St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, graduating in 2007 with a degree in Government and Economics. 

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 and was promoted to Director of Rowing that Fall.


Mike resides in Greenwich with wife, son and dog.  He enjoys spending time on the water during the summer and skiing during the winter. 

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

COACHING STAFF

Quentin Thibault, better known as Coach "Q", is a native of Greenwich, CT. He began his rowing career with Greenwich Crew in High School as a member of the varsity team. 


In the spring of 2018, Coach Q became the Assistant Coach for the Novice Men. In his first season, he helped lead the team to a second place team finish at Northeast Regionals. In 2019 and 2021, he helped lead the team to their first place victories. He is looking forward to continuing that streak. 


In his time with Greenwich Crew, Q has worked with almost every program, from middle school to masters.


Outside of rowing, Quentin is currently attending flight school to obtain a helicopter license. 

Martin began his rowing career as a coxswain, first at St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH, then at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. Martin had the privilege of competing at NEIRA’s,  Head of the Charles, and the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta.

Martin began his coaching career in 2020 at Norwalk River Rowing Association. First as an assistant from 2020-2021, then as the Women’s Head Coach starting in the Summer of 2021. During that time, he helped the club win their first ever medal at Youth Nationals, a silver in the Women’s U17 2x at the end of the Spring 2022 season. Martin also worked as volunteer assistant for the Fairfield University Men’s Rowing program, working with the novices and helping the squad win a bronze medal in the Freshman 4+ at the Dad Vail Regatta to finish their Spring 2022 Season. 

Martin joined the Greenwich coaching staff in the Winter of 2023 as an assistant novice coach, working with Coach Nicole to coach the Novice team to the Novice Points Trophy at 2023 Northeast Regionals, highlighted by two boats finishing with medals (gold and bronze), in the 1st Novice 8+ category. Martin transitioned into a role as a varsity assistant in the Fall of 2023.

Martin can be reached at mvillanueva@greenwichwaterclub.com.

Scott Branscomb

Novice Women, Assistant Coach

Anna comes to Greenwich Crew after spending two years as Recruiting Coordinator and Assistant Coach for Holy Cross Women’s Rowing. For six years prior, she was the First Varsity Assistant for Women’s Rowing at the Saugatuck Rowing Club in Westport, CT, where her crews earned four top four finishes (including two gold and one silver medal) at Youth Nationals during her time there. She also coached at Essex Rowing Club in MA, and Central Crew in NH (her home state). Anna fell in love with the sport as a walk-on novice coxswain on the University of San Diego’s Women’s Rowing team and knew by the end of her four years that she wanted to coach rowing.


Anna can be reached at ayamamoto@greenwichwaterclub.com.

QueNTin Thibault

Novice Men, Assistant Coach

MICHAEL WIENEKE

Director of Rowing

Cary Wasserman started his rowing career as coxswain at the Salisbury School under legendary Head Coach, Dick Curtis.  At Salisbury, Cary became 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 Bronze 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.


In the Summer of 2016, Cary joined Greenwich Crew and has led the Men’s Varsity team to unprecedented success. Under Cary’s watch, Greenwich Crew has won points trophies at Northeast Youth Championships in 2018, 2019 (Men’s and Overall) & 2021 (Overall) as well as winning the 2021 Summer Nationals Men’s (Sulgar-Barnes Men’s Points Trophy) and Overall Team Points Trophy (Culgan Cup.) His boats have had Grand finals appearances at USRowing Youth National Championships in 2018 (V8+ 5th) 2019 (V8+ 3rd) 2021 (V8+ 5th.) At Summer Nationals his boats have won Gold 4 times (2019 U19 4+ & U19 4-) and (2021 U19 8+ & Men’s Open 8.) In 2021, the Greenwich Crew Men’s team won its first and second National Titles winning both the Men’s U17 8+ and the 4-.

Cary’s athletes have gone on to row at some of the best Colleges and Universities in the world including BU, Cal, Colby, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Michigan, MIT, Navy, Northeastern, Penn, Princeton, Temple, Williams, Wisconsin and Yale amongst others. His athletes have also gone on to compete for the United States at U23 Worlds and have even won medals (James Catalano, Bronze in 2021.)

 Cary can be reached via email at cwasserman@greenwichwaterclub.com

Cary WASSERMAN

Mens Co-Head Coach

Varsity Men's Head Coach

Bert Harney

Varsity Men, Assistant Coach

Masters, Assistant Coach

Nicole Chaloux

Novice Women's Head Coach

A native of Riverside, CT, Kelsey began rowing in high school at St. Andrew's School, Delaware. She went on to row four years at Harvard, where she competed in two NCAA Division I Championships. After graduation from Harvard in 2017, she spend a year at the University of Cambridge where she earned her masters in Psychology and Education, and was a member of the winning Cambridge University Blue Boat in the 2018 Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race. Following her graduation from the University of Cambridge, Kelsey continued to train for two years in Boston with the Riverside Boat Club High Performance Team.


Kelsey began her coaching career when she returned to Harvard-Radcliffe as the volunteer novice coach while training with Riverside. From there she went on to join the women's team at Washington College as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.


Kelsey joined the coaching team at Greenwich Crew in the winter of 2021 as an assistant coach on the men's team. 


Kelsey can be reached at kbarolak@greenwichwaterclub.com.

Coach Tripp is a Greenwich Crew alum who rowed from Middle School through Varsity! He rowed as a lightweight at youth nationals in 2015. He was coached by many of the coaches still in the program and his family has been a FOGC since 2012.


Tripp can be reached at tsmith@greenwichwaterclub.com or by phone at extension 250.

Anna Yamamoto

Varsity Women, Assistant Coach

Masters, Assistant Coach

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.

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.

Tripp Smith

Middle School, Head Coach


Originally from New Hampshire, Scott discovered rowing in his first week on campus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He continued to row with the UMass Men's Crew team for all four years, competing at regattas around the Northeast. Following graduation, he got his start coaching for two years at North Carolina Community Sailing and Rowing outside of Charlotte, NC before returning to New England as the middle school coach at Essex Rowing. 
Scott came to Greenwich Crew in the summer of 2017, where he took up the role of head coach of the Middle School, Competitive Development, and High School Recreational programs for five years. After moving to Massachusetts for a two-year stint as the head coach at the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club, he returned to Greenwich crew in the summer of 2023 where he currently works with the novice girls team.


Scott can be reached at sbranscomb@greenwichwaterclub.com.