Meet Our Coaches

Our coaches are passionate about rowing and sharing their experience. Each one brings a diverse set of skills and knowledge to our team.

 

Courtney Moeller
Program Director

Courtney comes to WRA with a long resume of rowing, coaching and administrative accomplishments. Courtney began rowing in Bellingham with WWU. She was at the start of the long run of national championships. After completing 4 year of rowing with WWU, Courtney began a 9 year career of coaching all levels of rowing and helping with administrative work as Program Director with Sammamish Rowing in Redmond. At the 9 year mark with Sammamish, she heard rumblings from the George Pocock Foundation, that they wanted to start a rowing club in Renton. This being Courtney’s home town, she jumped at the chance to introduce the locals to rowing. Once Renton Rowing had found stability, she was offered the Assistance Coaching job for the WWU women’s team. This brought her full circle and she has enjoyed her three years with WWU. In 2017 the WWU Women's Rowing team captured its 8th NCAA National Championship and Courtney was a part of the Pocock/CRCA Division II Staff of the Year.

Walker Hauptman
Junior Coach

Walker grew up on Bainbridge Island and rowed all four years for Bainbridge Island Rowing Club.  During senior year his varsity four qualified for the youth national championships where we placed 10th in the nation.  After high school Walker rowed for Lewis and Clark College for one year.  Walker began his coaching back in his hometown with BIR where he worked on and off as their head novice coach as well as the assistant varsity boys coach.  Walker began coaching as a volunteer and took over as the Junior Head Coach during the summer of 2017. Now a member of the Western Washington University Men's Crew Team, Walker spent much of the 2018 season in the stroke seat of the Varsity 8+. 

Caleb Samson
Junior Coach

Caleb joins the coaching team this fall, assisting Coach Hauptman with the Junior Team. He will also be assisting with Masters and Sculling Instruction. Caleb rowed lightweight for BIR’s Juniors team for four years. Also while at BHS, Caleb was on the baseball and wrestling teams, earning a spot at the wrestling state championships during his senior year. After graduating from Pitzer College in 2016 with degrees in International Political Economy and Organizational Studies, Caleb joined the staff at BIR as both an assistant and head novice boys coach. Besides coaching, Caleb works in the renewable energy field, runs triathlons and marathons, and is an avid traveler.

Henry Lamarch
Learn to Row Coach

Henry graduated Western Washington University in 2017, with a degree in mathematics, after rowing with the team for two years. Henry continues to be involved with WWU Men's program as the Novice Coach. Originally from California, Henry joined the WRA Coaching Staff in the summer of 2018 primarily working with our adult Learn to Row program. Outside of coaching, Henry enjoys baking and photography.

Mason Starr
Masters Coach

Mason has been rowing for six years, at Sammamish Rowing Association and Western Washington University. He has coached every age range from middle school up and is excited to be WRA's Masters coach. Mason studies physics and astronomy at Western and loves to row fast.