Both coaches 2021



Meet Our Coaches

Coaching is described by John Whitmore as unlocking a person’s potential to maximize their own performance. At Naiades Oncology Rowing our coaches come to us with extensive rowing experience.
To our benefit our coaches come to us with different perspectives and different coaching techniques.  
Alyssa Gabel (left) was a division one rower all four years of college at the University of Buffalo and became our coach in 2018.
Karen Morgan (right) has been a certified rowing coach for ten years. Karen was a coach for Naiades back in 2012 and recently returned to us this season. 
Both coaches strive to keep us aware of the best rowing techniques and safety on the water.
They are crystal clear when explaining the rowing technique beginning with the ergs and continuing in the boats with practice drills and “pauses” to get us in sync with each part of the stroke.

This past winter and early spring, Alyssa was fabulous heading up the Zoom exercise classes to keep us on track. Since we resumed rowing this past summer, Alyssa and Karen provide outdoor erg instruction at GWC when there were learning needs or environmental obstacles preventing us from entering the water.

Alyssa stresses the importance of body mechanics in rowing.

Karen focus is in performing stretching exercises before entering the boats and afterwards which increase flexibility.

Most importantly both coaches take time to share with each rower what they see and how to improve.

We are so happy and honored to have them as our coaches!