Coaching Staff


Scott Gibson (Programs Director and Junior Team Head Coach)

Scott started rowing at HSU in 97' and fell in love with the sport instantly. He rowed for four years while working toward

his BS in Forestry then continued on as head coach of the HSU Mens team for four more years. During his time as a

head coach he worked toward a Kinesiology degree to learn more about the science behind the rowing motion. He also

has experience working at various other clubs during the summers as coach or instructor. Some of these include Lake

Washington Rowing Club with rowing legend, Frank Cunningham, Sammamish Rowing Association in Bellveue WA, and

the Newport Aquatic Center. Of course, he also has lots of experience working with HBRA as an instructor and helped to

start some of the first HBRA summer sweep rowing programs. In 2009 Scott took took over as Head Coach with the

Juniors team and has enjoyed every moment.


Julia Smith (Masters Head Coach)

Julia became intrigued with rowing when she watched her sister row her way to a gold medal in 2004 for the Humboldt

State University (HSU) Women’s Crew team. Years later, Julia went on to row under Coach Robin Meiggs and took home

a silver medal in the 2V8 at WIRA’s her first season. In 2012 her 4+ was undefeated all season and won gold in the

Women’s 4+ at the NCAA DII Championship. The Women’s 8+ came in first as well and HSU took home their first

national title. Julia stroked her way to a victory in the Women’s lightweight 4+ event at WIRA’s that same season. After

graduating HSU in 2012 with a degree in Anthropology, Julia moved on to coaching for the Humboldt Bay Rowing

Association in 2013. Having coached for 3 seasons with the Novice Junior team, she is now the Head Coach for the

Masters co-ed team and this will be her first season leading them. She still helps out occasionally with the HSU Women’s

team by integrating brand new novice rowers into their program. Her passions are in sweep rowing, running, and

spending time with her launch puppy Kona, who is always by her side when she is at the boathouse.



Jeanne Wielgus-Marlatt (Sculling Instructor)

Jeanne is one of the founding members and currently Vice President of the Humboldt Bay Rowing Association Board of Directors. She began rowing at the suggestion of a friend (isn’t this how many of us started?) and soon discovered the joy of rowing on Humboldt Bay. She now has over 20 years of experience rowing mostly singles, doubles and now sweep rowing experience with our Master Women. She has been a sculling instructor for HBRA for over ten years, attended a U.S. Rowing sanctioned clinic and is a certified Level I Coach. With a background in wildlife biology, Jeanne particularly enjoys the wonderful close-up views of our local wildlife that rowing allows her and is always willing to share her knowledge with her fellow rowers and students.



Humboldt Bay Rowing Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the sport of rowing for community members of all ages and abilities. HBRA is located in the Adorni Center and the HSU Boathouse on the Eureka Waterfront. Please call 707.677.3214 for further information.