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). 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

rowbott1@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.

Will has also been involved with the MRC 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.

Colleen Costello

Assistant Girls Coach

Colleen joined the staff in March of 2015, becoming the Coxswain Coach. In the years since she has moved into an assistant position with the girls team. Prior to beginning with the coxswains, she coached two summers of Learn to Row sessions, as well as coxing and coaching the Master Women’s program. In addition to her assistant coaching duties with the girls team, Colleen continues to spend time developing the coxswains.

Colleen started her rowing career with the Milwaukee Rowing Club in the fall of her freshman year. She was a member of the first group of Milwaukee Rowing Club Juniors to race in the Head of the Charles. After graduating from high school in 2010, she continued her rowing career at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. She earned a spot in the 1V8 during the fall of her freshman year and retained her spot through the following seasons. After graduating in May of 2014 she decided to move back to Milwaukee. 

Colleen has a solid background of rowing experience. In addition to sharing her knowledge with the rowers, she is excited to share her love of the sport and past experiences to make the MRC’s coxswains as competitive and knowledgeable as possible.

Lexie Lanphere

Assistant/Novice Girls Coach

Bio coming soon!

Gina Pagan

Assistant/Novice Boys Coach

Bio coming soon!

James Lueken

Assistant Coach

Bio coming soon!

Maggie Stroebel

Assistant Coach

Maggie re-joined the Milwaukee Rowing Club staff in August of 2016 as an Assistant Girls Coach.  In the summer of 2010 – 2012, she served as a Learn to Row coach, in addition to helping with the juniors program. Maggie is very knowledgeable and is an asset to both the girls and boys team at MRC.

Maggie began her rowing career with the Milwaukee Rowing Club in the summer before her senior year of high school.  She quickly immersed herself in the sport, stroking the 1V8 through the fall and spring seasons.  Maggie continued onto Princeton University as a recruit to the Varsity Lightweight Women’s Team, where she rowed on the 1V8 throughout her 4 years.  Highlights of her rowing career at Princeton include various medals at Head of the Charles, Eastern Sprints and IRAs, as well as competing at the Henley Royal Regatta in the summer of 2011.  Maggie served as captain of Princeton’s team her senior year. 

Upon graduating from Princeton in June of 2014, Maggie lived in New York City until moving back to Milwaukee in the spring of 2016. She is excited to be back with Milwaukee Rowing Club and share her experience, knowledge, and love of the sport with the team. 

Caleb Vredenbregt

Novice Boys Coach

In the fall of 2016, Caleb began coaching at a Milwaukee Rowing Club. Caleb enjoys working with the Boys Novice team. 

He started his rowing career as a walk on at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). In his first year, he competed in the top novice boat at the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia. During his second year in the MSOE program he competed in the Men's lightweight four at IRA's finishing second in the petite final. After his sophomore year he rowed with USRowing Men's Development Camp in Madison during the summer of 2014, competing at club nationals and Canadian Henley as a lightweight. During his junior and senior year he served as team captain, leading the team to a championship at the Milwaukee River Challenge in the men's 8. He was named team MVP in both his junior and senior year. After the winter of 2014, Caleb competed as a heavyweight in stroke seat of the men's varsity four at IRA's in 2015. He was also stroke seat at the Head of the Charles in the collegiate fours finishing 8th overall. He finished his college career in the varsity four at IRA's in 2016 finishing one second behind Yale and 2 seconds ahead of Drexel. Since college, Caleb has continued his passion in sculling boats. He competed in the Championship Doubles event at the Head of the Charles in 2016. 

Caleb looks forward to continuing to share his passion and knowledge with the new MRC rowers. 

Sandy Williams

Assistant Coach

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.