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COACHES

Dick Bell began rowing at the Detroit Boat Club in 1959 before launching his coaching career in 1971. He has coached dozens of national champion crews and trained multiple rowers to become world champions. Bell rowed collegiately for Wayne State University and served as the 1980 Men’s Olympic Sculling Coach for the United States. 

Tom Janiak
Junior Men's Coach

Tom began rowing for the DBC in 2003. He has more than eight years of coaching experience and has worked with athletes of all   skill levels. In addition to Detroit, Tom has held coaching positions at Texas Crew, Grand Valley State University, and Florida State University.

Mike Gentile
Junior Women's Coach

Mike began rowing for the Detroit Boat Club Crew in 1989.  He went on to row varsity lightweight for Rutgers University and trained under Tom Teaharr, the current United States Women’s National Team coach. After Rutgers, Gentile coached in Boston for Brookline High-school at Riverside Boat Club before returning to Michigan and coaching multiple seasons for the DBCC.

Zach Weise
Master's Coach

A Detroit Boat Club Crew alumni, Zach rowed for Miami University before taking on the role of Men's and Women's Masters Coach at the DBCC in 2016. 

Steve Ziemba
Recreational and
Adult-Learn-to-Row Coach

Steve Ziemba was a competitive cyclist and du-athlete before taking an Adult Learn to Row class in 2005. He was quickly recruited to join the competitive Masters program the following year and has never looked back. Since 2010, Ziemba has overseen the summer adult Learn to Row and Recreational Rowing programs.

Al Bauer
Veterans/Adaptive Coach

Al Bauer first started rowing at the DBCC in 1963 while in the United States Air Force. Bauer raced at the World Championship in 1970, the first time they had Light Weight events before retiring from rowing 1978 to become the DBCC sculling coach. He returned to the sport as a master in 1985 and has gone on to win 50 National Championship events, 5 Master Worlds Golds, and one Head of the Charles. Bauer also started an indoor rowing program at the Detroit VA Hospital and organized the erg championship for the National Golden Age Games in 2016.