Meet our Coaches

Master’s Coaching

Patrick Kelly

Masters Racing Team

Head Coach

Patrick has worked at ARC for over ten years. He has coached many ARC club members, having worked with Competitive Masters, Learn to Row,  Team Survivor, and Rec crews. Coach Kelly currently coaches the Varsity Boys squad with our Juniors Program. PK rows with the Masters Racing Team, and stays active with running and cycling. 

Coach Kelly started rowing as a college freshman at Loyola Marymount University. He coached collegiately for twenty years before moving to Austin and joining ARC. PK is married to his wonderful wife Laurie, who he met at ARC!

Coach James

James Oldeschulte

Masters Racing Team

Coach

James has been coaching the Masters Racing Development Team since Summer 2021.  He  rowed for the University of Wisconsin (Class of 2012), and James first was introduced to Lady Bird Lake during his college team’s winter training trip to Austin. In his spare time, James enjoys rowing a pair dam to dam with his twin brother, David!

Megan Getman

Masters Club Team

Head Coach

Megan has been coaching master’s recreational crews since 2016, and in fall of 2021 she became the head coach for the master’s club rowers where she oversees practices and nurtures community among rec rowers and coaches – both sweep and sculling.

In 2001, Megan joined the local high school team and went on to row at Pacific Lutheran University.  While rehabbing a back injury in 2006, Megan started coaching the junior’s program that shared the boathouse with her college team.  Megan continued to coach at CRI in Boston while studying for her grad programs.

Eventually a job brought her to Texas and ARC.  Megan is often joined by her dog, Winny.  In her spare time she paints and reads comic books.  

Allie Aguilar
Masters Club Team
Coach

Allie (aka Alice) joined ARC in 2011. After a “break” in playing roller derby, she rowed with masters club crews, and later with the women’s development and competitive teams while also coxing the men’s racing teams. She has served on the board as the Program Director. Her background as an educator and a trainer led her to start coaching with ARC in 2015 working with masters, Learn to Row programs, and cox and bow clinics. By day, she’s the Executive Director of a national nonprofit social justice movement technology organization, Progressive Technology Project, and still makes the time to play music, backpack, and run trails.

Sam Factor
Masters Club Team
Coach

Sam started rowing in his home town of Madison, WI in 2006 and rowed competitively in college at Wesleyan University in CT. He began coaching while he completed his Master’s at Wesleyan, helping to coach the novice crew. After moving to Austin to work on his Ph.D. in astronomy at UT Austin, Sam started coaching Masters at ARC in 2017. Sam loves talking about astronomy so feel free to ask your burning questions!

Angus Ledgerwood
Masters Club Team
Coach

Angus joined the ARC coaching team this year, having relocated from the United Kingdom. With over 20 years of involvement in the sport, either as a competitor or coach, he is passionate about introducing everyone to the world of rowing and the community it creates. Angus has previously coached school-age learn-to-row programs through to the senior competition squads for Henley and Head of the Charles. Angus is a certified Personal Trainer and also practiced Massage Therapist in Australia. 

Junior Coaching

Patrick Kelly

Junior’s Program

Head of Juniors Program, Boy’s Head Coach

Patrick has worked at ARC for over ten years. He has coached many ARC club members, having worked with Competitive Masters, Learn to Row,  Team Survivor, and Rec crews. Coach Kelly currently coaches the Varsity Boys squad with our Juniors Program. PK rows with the Masters Racing Team, and stays active with running and cycling. 

Coach Kelly started rowing as a college freshman at Loyola Marymount University. He coached collegiately for twenty years before moving to Austin and joining ARC. PK is married to his wonderful wife Laurie, who he met at ARC!

Hannah Heyerdahl

Junior Varsity Girls

Head Coach

Hannah Heyerdahl-Nussdorfer has been with the ARC Junior Program since 2018 and is the current head coach for the varsity girls. She grew up in Atlanta where she first started rowing in college. She rowed at the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech before moving to Austin.

Hannah enjoys working with juniors at all age levels and has experience working with both varsity and novice girls. Most recently she trained up novice girls to race at high levels leading up to youth nationals. She primarily worked with girls in the in the u16 8+ (6th and 11th place), but also trained girls to be able to compete in the u17 8+ and youth categories within their first year of rowing.

Hannah is married to Ethan, who is also a girls coach at ARC! They have a dog together named Butter. You can usually see Butter the dog on the launch during practice watching boats. Hannah enjoys lifting, rowing, and spending time with her family in her free time.

Ethan Nussdorfer

Junior Novice Girls

Head Coach

Ethan has coached with ARC since 2016. He has coached rowers of all ages and skill levels, but his passion lies with the Juniors rowing team.

Ethan enjoys working with student athletes to develop not just rowing proficiency, but also leadership, teamwork, and perseverance.

Ken Jackson

Junior Novice Boys

Head Novice Boys Coach

Ken joined ARC in February 2022 with the Master’s Competitive Racing Team. Ken brings 12 years of experience with Sarasota Crew in Florida either Coaching Elementary or Middle School Rowers, Competing as a Master Rower throughout the Southeast, Volunteering, and various Board roles. Ken prioritizes winning in a healthy environment and culture– socially, physically, and emotionally.

Courty Stanton

Junior Varsity Girls

Assistant Coach

Bio coming soon!

Payten Kooyers

Junior Varsity Girls

Assistant Coach

My name is Payten Kooyers and I just finished my 5th year of rowing at the University of Texas. I graduated with my undergrad in Applied Movement Science in may of 2022, and am currently working on completing my Masters in Sport Management at UT. I love to workout, play the guitar and go for walks with my friends!

Angus Ledgerwood

Juniors

Assistant Coach

Angus joined the ARC coaching team this year, having relocated from the United Kingdom. With over 20 years of involvement in the sport, either as a competitor or coach, he is passionate about introducing everyone to the world of rowing and the community it creates. Angus has previously coached school-age learn-to-row programs through to the senior competition squads for Henley and Head of the Charles. Angus is a certified Personal Trainer and also practiced Massage Therapist in Australia. 

Macy Gomillion

Junior Novice Girls, Non-Racers

Assistant Coach

Macy joined the ARC coaching team this year, as the assistant coach for the Junior’s Novice Girls Team. She joined the sport of rowing in 2017 as a coxswain (coxing), and later went to youth nationals in 2019 with the Varsity Girls Lightweight 4+.

When she is not at the boathouse, Macy loves hanging out at Zilker Park with friends and going on hikes on the Greenbelt.

Alyssa Shaefer 

Junior Novice Boys 

Assistant Coach

My name is Alyssa Schaefer and I am a new coach here at ARC. I am from Austin, Texas and proud to call this city my home. I started rowing when I was 14 years old and recently came back in the past year. In my free time, I love to hike with my dog or go swimming. A few other of my favorite things are coffee, traveling and ROWING!! I can’t wait to meet everyone here and be your new Novice Assistant Coach!

Paulina Guerrero

Juniors Program

Assistant Coach

Paulina Guerrero rowed with the Austin Rowing Club junior’s program since 2015 and finishing her senior year in the Spring of 2018 with the junior varsity team. After her years with the junior program, she joined the Men’s Master Competition team as their coxswain and is still with them. She has now started to coach with junior’s program in the Fall of 2023 and is excited to be able to pay it forward.