Juniors Coaching Staff

Roger Huffman

Director of Junior Rowing, Head Girl’s Coach

rhuffman51@gmail.com - - (714) 661-6172

Roger has been the Head Girl’s Coach at The Milwaukee Rowing Club since August of 2012. Highlights of his MRC tenure include seeing the girls make their first ever USRowing Youth National Championship appearances in the Women’s 8+ (15th in 2013), the Women’s Lwt 4+ (13th in 2014), and the Women's 4+ (15th in 2015). The girls again qualified the Youth Women’s 4+ in 2019 (15th place). He was named the Junior Program Director in March of 2014.

Roger began his coaching career in 2010 at the University of Wisconsin. In the spring of 2011 he coached the Men's Second Freshmen Eight to a gold medal at the Eastern Sprints. In the academic year of 2011-2012, Roger served as an assistant coach for the Men's Heavyweight program at Princeton University. In Princeton, he assisted with Princeton University High Performance Camps, Carnegie Lake Rowing Association Masters team, and contributed to the success of the Men’s Varsity program. Prior to joining the MRC staff in 2012, Roger also assisted with the USRowing Men's Development Camp in Madison, WI.

Roger began his rowing career in the fall of 2006 as a freshman at Orange Coast College. In his two years at Coast, he won the Men's Varsity 8+ at the San Diego Crew Classic and won two consecutive gold medals at the WIRA (Conference) Championships. Roger then transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for his junior and senior year. In 2009 he earned a silver medal at the Eastern Sprints in the Second Varsity Eight, and in 2010 he rowed in the Varsity Eight which placed 4th at the Eastern Sprints.

Will Bott

Head Boy’s Coach; Head Middle School Coach

williamlbott@gmail.com - - (414) 791-9033

Will started coaching in the summer of 2011 as the assistant coach for the boys team.  During his time at the rowing club, he has led the second novice eight and the second novice four to a gold medal victory at the Midwest Junior Rowing Championship regatta, the first in the program’s history.  Will’s novices went undefeated in the Fall of 2013 and won seven out of eight novice races in the Fall of 2014. Will took over as the head coach of the boy's team in the the Fall of 2016. In the spring of 2019 his Youth Lwt 8 qualified for nationals (16th in the nation) by placing second at the Midwest Championships. This marked the first time the boys team had taken an eight to nationals.

Will has also been involved with the Milwaukee Rowing Club Middle School program since it began in 2013.  He took over as head coach in the winter of 2015.  In the three years of the middle school team’s existence, the program has grown immensely.  Will is excited about the enthusiasm and hard work that the middle school athletes have shown.  He looks forward to continue to push them to reach their potential and eventually succeed in the high school program.

Will began his career as a rower in the summer of 2007. He picked up the sport quickly and became one of the team’s top rowers. On the team, Will was known for his stroke technique and encouraging a hardworking attitude. He helped lead the team and competed in many of the races offered to the junior team including racing two consecutive years at the Head of the Charles, the largest rowing regatta in the world. Will is a 2015 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with degrees in Sociology and Communications.  He is excited to continue to pass on his knowledge and passion of the sport to the junior team.


Gina Pagan

Assistant/Novice Boys Coach

Gina joined the Milwaukee Rowing Club staff in August of 2017 as an assistant coach for the boy’s team and the middle school program.

Prior to her time at Milwaukee Rowing Club, Gina was the Head Coach of the Women's Rowing program at Marquette University, where she coached for six years. During her tenure, she lead Marquette to their first appearance at the ACRA National Championship where they made grand finals in both the Women’s Novice 8+ (7th, 2015), Varsity Women’s 4+ (3rd, 2016), and Women’s Novice 4+ (5th, 2017). In Spring 2017, her Women’s Novice 8+ finished 6th at the Dad Vail Regatta, and became the first eight to make a Dad Vail grand final in Marquette’s history.

Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Gina’s rowing career began in Milwaukee in the fall of 2007. She rowed for four years at Marquette and consistently competed in the 1V8+, as well as the 1V4+ at the 2010 Head of the Charles. She also served on the team’s board as the Public Relations chair. In May of 2011, she graduated from Marquette with a BS in Business Administration. She holds her US Rowing Level II certification. Outside of coaching, she works as a finance professional in downtown Milwaukee.

Lexie Lanphere

Assistant/Novice Girls Coach

lexlanphere@aol.com - - (414) 378-4606

Lexie began coaching for the Milwaukee Rowing Club in the summer of 2017. She is an assistant and novice coach for the junior girls’ program, as well as a Learn to Row instructor for high school girls.

Lexie started her rowing career with the Milwaukee Rowing Club in the winter of her sophomore year of high school. She rowed in the 1V8 for two consecutive years and was co- team captain of the junior girls’ team her senior year. She attended the Head of the Charles in both 2011 and 2012, placing 9th in the Junior Women’s 8+ in 2012. Lexie qualified for the program’s first ever USRowing Youth National Championship appearance in the Women’s 8+ in 2013. Lexie was recruited by the University of Kansas, where she rowed for four years.

Lexie graduated from the University of Kansas in the spring of 2017 with a BA in English. She currently attends the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee where she is pursuing a BS in chemistry and certificates in forensic science and forensic toxicology.

Sean Robinson

Assistant/Novice Girls Coach

Bio coming soon!

Sandy Williams

Assistant Coach

Bio coming soon!

Elizabeth Schoenfeldt

Middle School Assistant Coach

Elizabeth became involved with The Milwaukee Rowing Club in spring 2016. She is the assistant coach for the middle school team.

Elizabeth rowed for the University of Wisconsin-Madison for four years, starting in 2011. She began as a walk-on and competed in the 1st novice boat at the Big Ten Championships her freshman year. She competed in the 2V8 at the NCAA Championships her sophomore year. Elizabeth was fortunate to earn a spot in the 1V8 boat that competed at the Head of the Charles her junior year, and she also was chosen to travel to Princeton for the Collegiate Small Boat Challenge, where she earned fourth place in the pairs race. She was also a team captain her junior year. At NCAAs her senior year, her 2V8 took ninth. She graduated in 2015 and is currently a student at Marquette University School of Dentistry.

Elizabeth is excited to bring her enthusiasm for the sport to the middle school team. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge of college athletics with young athletes and sees a lot of potential in the team.

Douglas Blackshire

Middle School Assistant Coach

Bio coming soon!