Coaches

Allison Sobiech

Team Head Coach

Varsity Women's Head Coach

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Allison started her rowing career as a freshman in high school with Westerville Crew. After rowing four years at Westerville, she continued her rowing career at Jacksonville University. She discovered her love for coaching her first year out of college when she took a job coaching the novice women at The Ohio State University Crew Club. From there she went on to coach at Lafayette College then Grand Valley State University before coming back to where it all started.

Notable achievements in coaching:

  • 3rd place finish at Dad Vail in the Novice Women's 8+ for GVSU

  • 2017 Great Lakes Region Women's Coach of the Year

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At the suggestion of her grandparents, who started Northern Michigan University Crew, Allyson began rowing her freshman year at Grand Valley State University (GVSU). Her career there culminated in winning the women's pair event at ACRA in the spring of 2018. After graduating, Allyson joined Westerville Crew to coach under Allison Sobiech, who first taught her how to row at GVSU.

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Kyle Stanley began rowing his first week of high school and hasn't looked back. After first discovering rowing as a freshman on the first year of St. Francis de Sales High School's rowing team in Toledo, OH, where he rowed for 8 seasons, he attended Marquette University, and immediately knew that he wanted to remain rowing and joined Marquette Crew. During his 4 years on the team, Kyle competed in the team's top lightweight boats and spent a year as President of the club.

 

After spending summers coaching various rowing camps, Kyle rejoined Marquette Crew as a coach in 2014, coaching the women's team for 3 years before moving back to Ohio to take over as Head Coach for Great Miami Crew in the winter of 2017. In the Fall of 2018, Kyle moved to Columbus to take on the challenge of coaching the Varsity Men for Westerville Crew.

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Allyson Hicks

Varsity Women's Assistant Coach

Kyle Stanley

Varsity Men's Head Coach

Aly Day

Novice Women's Head Coach

Aly realized her love for rowing freshman year of high school at Oakland Catholic in Pittsburgh. After moving her junior year to New Albany, she joined Westerville Crew. That is when her love of rowing turned into a passion. She continued her rowing career at OSU: 1.5 years on the NCAA Rowing Team and 2 years on the OSU Rowing Club team. After graduating and spending a few years away from the rowing world she missed it. She joined the Westerville Coaching staff in the winter of 2016 as the Novice Women’s Assistant Coach and became the Head Novice Women’s Coach in the Summer of 2016.

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After three years of rowing for Westerville Crew, Ben continued on to row for the Ohio State Crew for three years, making the top varsity 8+ each year. His college rowing career was cut short by a shoulder injury, so he utilized his newfound free time to assist Coach Kyle Stanley in the Spring of 2019 before taking on the Men's Novice Coach role in September 2019.

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After a long break from her college rowing years, Becky joined Westerville Crew in 2013. She started coaching as an assistant to the novice men’s and women’s teams. She continues to help the head coaches, providing help where needed. She is also a masters rower and a USRowing referee. 

Ben Coffey

Novice Men's Head Coach

Becky Kirwin

Assistant Coach

Vince Day

Masters Coach

Vince, originally from New Haven, Connecticut, started rowing in high school. He went on to college and focused mainly on football, playing corner and special teams at Yale University but kept rowing in the off season for Yale’s club rowing team to stay in shape. He passed down his love for the sport to his oldest son and youngest daughter. Vince became involved with Westerville Crew when his daughter, Aly, joined the team. He has since come back to help coach the master’s program. 

Inspired by his daughter, Tatiana, a very successful Westerville Crew varsity and then division 1 rower, Walter started his career as a competitive master rower in 2008. As a past squash coach and teaching pro, he was glad to help out at Westerville Crew. Since then, he has coached the novice and the varsity women as well as being head coach for the novice men. Even though Walter started as a sweeper, he spends more time sculling his single,  and he would love to inspire more masters to learn how fun sculling can be. 

Walter Lundstrom

Masters Coach

Trish Chase

Masters Coach

Derek Blazo

Program Director

Derek, originally from New Jersey, started rowing in college at Ohio State University back in the late 80's/early 90's. Influenced by some of his early coaches (Tim, Jimbo and Brian), he developed a passion for the sport. After moving to Westerville in 1998, he found the WRC rowing program and has been involved as a volunteer, a coach and a board member ever since. 

He currently also sits on the USRowing Referee Committee representing the Midwest Region where he has a wonderful opportunity to help support and expand the sport on a national level. 

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General Contact

Physical Mail:
752 North State Street #202

Westerville, OH 43082

Allison Sobiech - Head Coach -Email  PH: 614-325-8887
Derek Blazo - Program Admin - Email PH: 732-570-0252

Becky Coyne - Communications - Email PH: 614-747-3571

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