Coaches

Coach: Lucas Ogden

Lucas Ogden began rowing in 1985 in Cazenovia, a small suburb of Syracuse.  NYS Collegiate Championships were held there, and so he learned that SUNY Geneseo had a rowing team and got to meet them.  Coming to the college team with 8 years of rowing experience he rowed in varsity boats his freshman year.  He was elected captain twice, which in those days meant unofficial coach, as there was no funding for an actual coach.  After heading to the University of Maine to study climate change and then to New Hampshire to work in adolescent psychology, he and his wife returned to Rochester where they were both roped into coaching for Brighton Rowing Club.  He managed the varsity boys team, bringing them to great performances at high level competitions such as the Head of the Charles, Stotesbury Cup, NYS Scholastic Championships and National Scholastic Rowing Championships.  He went on to the University of Rochester for a degree in education and immediately took the job of 8th grade science teacher in Brighton, in no small part due to the influence of the student athletes he had been coaching.  He left BRC full time in 2005 because of the constraints of the new job as well as the two young children at home, though he did continue coaching learn-to-scull with BRC a couple of seasons and helped the team with recruitment efforts.  He’s happy to be back on the water!

Coach: Kennedy Northrup

Kennedy Northrup rowed for the first time in 2016 with GRC’s learn to row camp. She was then guided to join Brighton Rowing Club to continue through high school. Kennedy was very successful throughout her high school rowing career between regattas and attending ergattas in the winter. As early as she had started rowing, she knew that she wanted to continue rowing in college. After graduating from Brockport High in 2019, Kennedy started rowing for St. John Fisher and is now the team captain. She hopes to graduate in 2023 with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology, minors in Biology and Pre-Health, and then to continue on to receive a Masters in Occupational Therapy.

Coach: Jeff Swing

Jeff started rowing as a walk-on as a student at the U of R, rowing out of the small Genesee Waterways (GWC) boathouse. After graduating in engineering, he started working at Xerox and continues to this day. He continued to compete in the single while coaching the nascent Brighton Rowing Club for its first years. He and his wife met while coaching together at BRC. Jeff took a hiatus from rowing and coaching while settling in Brighton and starting a family, his children will be starting 5th and 9th grades this fall. In 2018, Jeff returned to coaching with BRC and the GWC masters. He has been the head coach of the GWC masters program since 2019.

Coach: Casey Clark

Coach Casey is a level 2 certified US Rowing coach with 13 years of coaching experience. She has previously coached for the University of Vermont, Bedford Crew, Mercy Crew and is glad to be returning to Brighton Crew this season. Coach Casey began as a coxswain for Pittsford Crew and then the University of Vermont. She is excited to share her passion for the sport of rowing with our modified program. She will be teaching our newest rowers the skills they need to be successful rowers/coxswains while focusing on fun and safety.