— Who we are
Sergio Espinoza | Men's Camp Director
Sergio serves as President of the Washington Rowing Camp organization. He oversees the administrative work, serves as the contact point for all camps, and coaches camps as well. This summer, he will be assisting with the U23 National Team Selection Camp.
Sergio Espinoza is in his second season with the Washington Huskies in 2017-18. As a first-year UW coach, he helped guide the Washington program to the Pac-12 Championship and to victories in three of four events at the 2017 Intercollegiate Rowing Association championships, where the Huskies won their 10th Jim Ten Eyck Trophy in the last 11 years as overall points champion.
Espinoza joined the UW men's rowing program in 2016 after spent the summer as an intern rowing coach for the US Junior National Team where he assisted with camp logistics, led video accumulation and dissemination efforts, and coached small boats.
Espinoza spent the past five summers coaching at the River City Rowing Club in West Sacramento, Calif. There he coached junior high and high school students who now compete at collegiate rowing powerhouses such as Washington, Harvard, and Brown.
Espinoza, spent four years on the University of Puget Sound rowing program where he was a three-year captain of the men's varsity team. In addition to rowing at UPS, he earned his B.S. in exercise science and served as president of his fraternity during his senior year.
Joshua Gautreau | Women's Camp Director
Josh oversees the women's camp operations. This summer, he will be in charge of ensuring that all camps are developing the rowers of Washington and be hands-on in the coaching of both camps.
Josh Gautreau was named as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Washington women's rowing program in July of 2016.
Now in his second season with the Huskies, Gautreau's first season was a complete success. In 2017, the Huskies won the NCAA Championship in unprecedented fashion, sweeping all three grand finals for the first time in the 21-year history of the event. It was the fourth NCAA title in UW history and the Huskies' first since 2001.
The Huskies also won their first Pac-12 Championship since 2003, sweeping all five events, and the UW coaching staff was named the Division I Coaching Staff of the Year by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA).
Gautreau specifically coaches the Huskies' second varsity eight, which won its grand final at the NCAA regatta by more than six seconds.
Gautreau came to the UW from the University of Virginia, where he had served as assistant coach for the previous five years. During his tenure, Josh's crews earned medals at four of the previous five NCAA Championships, as he coached the varsity four to a national title in 2015 and the second varsity eight to bronze in 2014. In 2016, Josh led the Virginia 2V to fourth-place finish en route to the team achieving third overall.
Gautreau began rowing at Syracuse University, where he graduated in 2006 with a degree in physics. He is currently working toward a master's degree in exercise science. Josh is a U.S. club and elite national champion, Canadian Henley champion, and Head of the Charles winner. He represented the United States at the 2011 Pan American Games in the lightweight four. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Cat, and their sons, Bode and Wyatt.
This summer, Michael Callahan will be the Men's Head Coach for the Under 23 USA Men's National Team. He will help oversee the Speed Lab group and be present for the Junior Racing Group's practices.
Now in his 15th year at UW and 11th year as the head coach of the Washington men's rowing team, Michael Callahan has helped establish Husky Crew the successful and consistent men's program in the country. Since 2008, Callahan's first at the helm of his alma mater's rowing team, Washington has soared to unprecedented heights, scoring one unprecented success after another.
In his 10 years as head coach, Washington has won the Intercollegiate Rowing Association varsity eight race – the national championship of men's collegiate rowing – six times, including five in a row (2011-15). No team had ever won more than four straight, dating back to the first IRA Regatta in 1895.
In his 10 seasons, the Huskies have won the James Ten Eyck Memorial Trophy, given to the top overall team at IRAs, in nine out of 10 attempts. Washington's storied program had won the Ten Eyck just five times in the previous 54 seasons before Callahan took over.
This upcoming summer will be Sam Dommer's first year with Washington Rowing Camps. As a collegiate athlete, he participated in the Pair Development Camp and developed into an IRA Champion and Olympian. He will be helping with the Speed Lab U23 group.
Former Husky captain and United States Olympian Sam Dommer returned to the Washington coaching staff for a second season in 2017-18.
Last year, as a part of the Washington staff, he helped guide the program to the Pac-12 Championship and victories in three out of four events at the 2017 Intercollegiate Rowing Association championships, where the Huskies won their 10th Jim Ten Eyck Trophy in the last 11 years as overall points champion.
Dommer joined the UW staff after competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio as a member of the United States eight, which finished fourth. He also rowed in the U.S. eight at World Championships in 2014 and 2015.
As the 2014 UW captain, Dommer capped his collegiate career with a win in the men's varsity eight grand final at the 2014 Intercollegiate Rowing Association championships, when the Huskies won their unprecedented (at the time) fourth straight IRA crown. A first-team all-Pac-12 and Academic All-Pac-12 selection, Dommer earned the UW's Top Dawg Award and Tom Hansen Pac-12 Conference Medal as Washington's top male senior student-athlete.
Dommer also rowed in the Husky varsity eight as a sophomore and junior, winning IRA titles in both of those years as well. As a freshman in 2010 (he redshirted the 2011 season), the Folsom, Calif., rowed in the UW's undefeated freshman eight, which also went on to win the Temple Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta that summer.
Alex Mann has been working for Washington Rowing Camps for three years. Last year, he oversaw the Junior Racing Camp and traveled to Club Nationals with the junior athletes and U23 athletes.
Alex has been working for the camps for three years. Last year, he oversaw the Junior Racing Camp and traveled to Club Nationals with the junior camp and U23 camp.
Mann helped coach the Husky freshmen and led the Huskies' varsity 4+ to its eight consecutive Eric W Will Trophy as IRA champions in 2017. He also helped Washington regain the Jim Ten Eyck Memorial Trophy as overall points champion at the 2017 IRA Regatta, the Huskies' 10th Ten Eyck in the last 11 years.
Mann, a Bend, Ore. Native, was the UW men's intern in 2015-16. Mann came to the UW after a year as a volunteer coach with the Princeton lightweight men. In 2013-14 he completed the Advanced Certificate in Rowing Leadership at the Institute of Rowing Leadership at Community Rowing in Boston. He volunteered at Boston University with the heavyweight men as a part of the program. Prior to attending the IRL Mann coached for two years at his alma mater, the University of Puget Sound. He also assisted at the U.S. Junior Men's Sculling selection camp, helping to select the single, double, and quadruple sculling boats representing the U.S. at the 2014 Jr. Worlds in Hamburg, Germany.
Mann graduated from Puget Sound in 2011 with a degree in International Political Economy. He rowed for four years and was named team captain 2009-11. During his collegiate career at Puget Sound, Mann won three NCRC Championships in the varsity eight and received all-conference honors in 2011. He earned multiple community and service awards. Off the water, Mann enjoys cycling and woodworking among his many talents.
This year marks for the first year for Henry at the Washington Rowing Camps Organozation. He will be working with the Junior Racing Camp and overseeing social media for the organization.
This is Nic Higgins second year with Washington Rowing Camps. He works with both the Speed Lab group and the Junior Racing Camp group.
Nic joined the University of Washington Olympic Strength & Conditioning staff in June 2017. Higgins came to Washington from DePaul University where he served as Assistant Director of Sports Performance. While at DePaul he oversaw the strength and conditioning programs for Women’s Soccer, Men’s Golf, and Track and Field. Previous to DePaul, he spent two and half years assisting at the University of Texas in both the Football and Athletic Performance Departments.
Nic earned a Master’s of Science in Exercise and Science and Health Promotion with a concentration in Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention from California University of Pennsylvania in 2013. Nic earned his Bachelor’s degree in Exercises Science from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2012. During his time as an undergraduate he served as an intern at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and University of Minnesota.
Nic is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) through the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association, and is CPR/AED certified.
Melisa Ongun joined the Washington coaching staff in July of 2016. Now in her second year with the Huskies, Ongun's first season was full of accomplishments.
In 2017, the Huskies won the NCAA Championship in unprecedented fashion, sweeping all three grand finals for the first time in the 21-year history of the event. It was the fourth NCAA title in UW history and the Huskies' first since 2001.
Washington's women also won their first Pac-12 Championship since 2003, winning all five finals, and the UW coaching staff was named the Division I Coaching Staff of the Year by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA).
Ongun coaches the Huskies' third varsity eight, which won the Pac-12 championship last year, and also directs the walk-on program.
Ongun completed her outstanding career as a rower at Michigan in 2013. In 2009, she was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and finished her tenure with the Wolverines as a Pocock All-America first-team selection in 2013.
As a junior in 2012, she stroked the Michigan varsity eight to a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships. Since completing her undergraduate and master's degrees, she worked with the Michigan program. She has also worked as a coach in the U.S. junior national team selection camp.
Graduate assistant coach Haley Yeager is back for a third season with the Women's Rowing program. She oversees the UW's novice boats and helps coach the walk-on rowers.
Last year, in her first season working with new UW head coach Yaz Farooq, Yeager helped guide her alma mater back to the top of the college rowing world as Washington became the first team ever to sweep all three grand finals at the NCAA Championships.
The Huskies, who also won the Pac-12 Championship, won their first NCAA crown since 2001 and Yeager was a part of a group named the Division I Coaching Staff of the Year by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association.
Yeager assists in the recruiting process, helps improve the athletes rowing mechanics and techniques, and has helped implement a training and fitness program to improve the athletes strength, power, and endurance.
Yeager started coaching rowing in 2012, where she was the assistant coach for the novice women at the Green Lake Small Craft Center. A year later she was promoted to head coach of the same program. In 2014, Yeager was the freshman women's head coach for the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia From there she transitioned to the assistant varsity/head novice women’s coach at the Atlanta Junior Rowing Association before coming back to Seattle to work with the Huskies.
Margaret Phillips, fresh from a college rowing career that culminated in the 2017 NCAA Championship, joined the Washington coaching staff for the 2017-18 school year.
Phillips, from Stanwood, Washington, captained the Huskies as a senior in 2017, leading the UW to the first sweep of all three grand finals in the 21-year history of the NCAA Championship regatta. She rowed in the No. 7 seat in the second varsity eight. She was also a part of the first Husky team to win the Pac-12 Championship since 2003.
Prior to her senior season, Phillips also won a silver medal at the 2016 NCAA Championships in the Husky varsity four and earned a gold at the 2015 Pac-12 Championships as a member of the third varsity eight.
Phillips earned her degree in the comparative history of ideas from the UW in 2017.