Coaches & Staff


Interim Program Director
Chris Coughlan
Chris first learned to cox at Connecticut College before transferring to the University of Michigan where she coxed both the men’s and women’s crews while getting her BFA degree in design. After a long hiatus away from crew, she joined the Yarmouth Rowing Club as the Coxswain Coach in 2012 when her oldest nephew started rowing. Since then, she has coached the coxswains, the novices, the JV crews and our Adult Learn-to-Row students. cowisland16-49-cdc-1She currently serves as the Program Director, Web Master, Novice coach and is a member of the Board of Directors. Chris also coxes the Senior Masters Men’s crew during the fall racing season and is a competitive lightweight sculler. In her free time, Chris runs an online shop for rowers, and a fun summer rowing group, The Maine Sculling Group.

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Scott Hornney
Scott started his rowing career with Boston University Crew where he rowed all four years. His 2K times at the CRASH B indoor rowing championships as a collegiate rower were legendary! Scott has been with the program for four years and has coached both the boys’ crew and the girls’ crew. Both of his daughters and his step-daughter rowed for the team and his step-son joined the team as a novice in the spring of 2016. cowisland16-13-sh-cropt Scott works for AMgen, an American multinational biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California. Located in the Conejo Valley, AMGen is the world’s largest independent biotechnology firm. An avid year-round endurance athlete, Scott competes both as an elite single sculler and as a member of the elite racing club, Chinook Performance Racing.

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Leigh Mastin
Leigh started rowing at Union College in Schenectady, New York. She moved to Maine from Colorado in 2014 and has been a youth coach with our program for two years. Leigh loves active, outdoor sports – especially the ones on water. In addition to coaching the youth crew, she is both a sailing and a ski instructor and a competitive rower with the YRC Women’s Crew. She is currently on the staff of the LLBean Outdoor Discovering School as a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) instructor. She is a ACA level 2 certified Maine Guide and has a level 4 whitewater rescue certification. Leigh recently made the switch from coaching the girls’ crew to coaching boys and is always working on creative ways to challenge and motivate her crew.



Boatman & Special Situations Coach & Treasurer
Robert, “Bob” Checkoway
Bob is the guy who keeps our shells and gear and relations with our boatyard neighbors in good repair. Bob rowed at Phillips Exeter Academy and Brown University. A retired lawyer, he now races with our Masters Men’s Crews and gets out in his single whenever possible. Bob also serves as the club historian, serves on the Board of Directors, and puts his extensive knowledge of the sport to good use as one of our YRC bloggers! He is also the new team treasurer as of fall 2018!

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Chip Cooper
Chip is our sub coach this fall and comes to us from the Portland Community Rowing Association. Chip’s passion for rowing began in high school and continued in college. As a member of the Simsbury High School team, he was the stroke of the four that won the junior nationals (a long time ago). When a member of the Ithaca College crew team, he was the stroke of a silver medal eight at the Dad Vail Championships. Post college, he truly enjoyed time as an assistant coach with his former high school team until career obligations interfered with his love of the sport. In the interim Chip enjoyed many outdoor activities including biking, running, and triathlons. Fast forward to 2012 when Chip joined Portland Community Rowing after not rowing regularly for nearly 30 years. Since then he has regained his passion for the sport because of the camaraderie with fellow rowers, the buzz of intense exercise, and the Zen of amazing sunrises on Casco Bay. He is currently on the board of PCRA where he serves as the Equipment Chair. Now happily retired, Chip was a longtime Partner and Vice President of Sandy River Health System, a Maine senior housing and service organization. Chip will serve as a substitute coach for us during the fall 2018 season.

Sub Coach
Becky Bell
Becky comes to us from the Portland Community Rowing Association, having started out as a novice adult rower herself just 6 years ago. In the Fall of 2015, Becky was a member of a combined YRC/PCRA Masters crew that competed in the Head of the Charles Regatta. She joined the YRC coaching staff as a novice coach in the spring of 2016 and – in her words – had a blast! She brings a unique perspective to her coaching as the school nurse for 2 schools in Portland: Casco Bay HS and PATHS. Prior to this, she worked as a community health educator and wellness coach for a hospital system and corporate businesses. Becky has an AAS in Nursing, a BS in Human Services, and a Masters in Nursing Education. She serves on the board of the Maine Association of School Nurses (MASN), and is president-elect of Portland Community ChorusBecky will serve as a substitute coach for us during the fall 2018 season.

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Dave Barnard
Dave has been with the youth crew almost from the very beginning in a quiet, behind-the-scenes manner. He helps us get the safety launches serviced in the spring and fall and coordinates the transportation of the safety launches to the float once the dock is in and the tide is right. He has been instrumental in developing our cold-water safety training, swim test requirements and emergency protocols. He recently worked out a friendly arrangement with the folks at Yankee Marina to help us get the launches painted each fall (see photo above) and stored securely for the winter. During the season, he keeps the launches in good repair and makes sure we have the appropriate safety gear both on and off the water. A meticulous record keeper, he knows exactly what has been done – and what needs to be scheduled and when –  to keep the fleet in the best possible condition.

We are currently seeking a new safety manager. Contact if you would like to volunteer.

Ayres Stockly
Andrea Maker
Hildy Ginsberg
CC Stockly
Charlie Poole
Chris Coughlan
Bob Checkoway