Head Coach – Julia Smith
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.
Junior Coach – Aubert Marcu
My rowing career started in 2009 when I joined Oakland Strokes. After 4 years of being a part of the Oakland Strokes family I continued to row for Syracuse University. It was an amazing experience to say the least. When my time at Syracuse came to an end I moved back home to Orinda, CA. I later decided to move up north to Humboldt County. After learning about the Humboldt Bay Rowing Association, I couldn’t help but try to be apart of another great rowing family. I hope to use my knowledge of kinesiology to help coach the junior to their very own gold medals!
Sculling Instructor – Laura Miller
Laura Miller began sculling in 2004. She has attended sculling clinics put on by All-American Rowing, Buzz Congram and HBRA’s own coaching staff. She rows and completes with HBRA’s Masters Team. As a sculling instructor, Laura certifies individuals who want to scull both on Humboldt Bay and elsewhere. This certification includes sculling technique, docking and launching procedures, traffic patterns, dump and recovery protocols, and general safe boating rules. Laura likes nothing better than to share her love of sculling with others and to get them involved in this amazing sport.