Coaches & Staff


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 and Web Master 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.

Club Treasurer

Amy Smith
Amy is the founder of the youth crew and has served the club in various capacities since 2007! Many of the programs, schedules, systems and forms we use to this day were developed by her. An organizational wiz, she currently manages our finances, administers the scholarship program and serves on the Board of Directors. Any questions regarding fees, dues, scholarship aid or charitable donations should be directed to her.


Girls Head Coach
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.

LeighMastinBoys Head Coach
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.


Novice 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 2016 season. We will also see her racing in the fall regattas in the YRC Masters Women’s crew!

Novice Coach
Karen Finnegan
Karen is a member of the very competitive Masters Women’s Crew at YRC and has been racing with them for a number of years. She has served as a novice coach at YRC for the last two spring seasons. As a no-nonsense coach with a straightforward manner and a great sense of humor, she guides our novices from their first days on the ergometers through circuit training and drills, turning them into fit, competitive athletes. Her extensive knowledge of the human body as a health teacher at Falmouth High school enables her to provide the science behind the workouts for our young rowers. As a competitive rower and CrossFit athlete, she also walks her talk!


Novice Coach
Liz Seward
Liz is our newest novice coach and comes to us as a recent transplant from NYC where she worked in marketing and rowed with the Harlem Rowing Club. Her passion is sculling – rowing in small boats with two oars per rower vs. sweep rowing with one oar per rower – and she gets out in a club double and races at every opportunity. Liz uses her sharp communication skills to share many of the nuances of small boat rowing to help her novice rowers master the technique. Liz is always up for a challenge and, fortunately for us, her flexible work schedule allows her to step in and do whatever it takes to help keep the program running smoothly. She loves to travel and her adventures frequently involve extensive biking and hiking trips in Europe. This fall she was in Italy!



Boatman & Special Situations Coach
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!

davebarnard-croptdavebphotoSafety Launch Manager
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.

Ayres Stockly
Andrea Maker
Amy Smith
CC Stockly
Charlie Poole
Chris Coughlan
Bob Checkoway