Zach Spitzer – Head Coach/Director
Zach began his rowing career at Niskayuna High School where he learned to scull and sweep. He then went on to row at Syracuse University for his freshman year. Following that, he began working for the athletic department at Syracuse University, earning his Masters in Secondary Education.
After graduating, Zach went on to coach at Niskayuna High, PNRA/Mercer, Row New Jersey and Saugatuck Rowing Club. In his time at each club, Zach has coached boats to the finals at Canadian Henley, Club Nationals, Youth Nationals and Top 15 finishes at Head of the Charles.
His goal is to make a boathouse of competitive athletes that not only have a passion for rowing, but a passion for life. He will develop a culture where athletes push each other, hold each other accountable and build lasting friendships through hard work, determination and fun.
Jessica Eiffert-Spitzer- Head Middle School/Varsity Assistant/Event Coordinator
Jessica began her rowing career at Pittsford Crew in Rochester New York. She won multiple NYS Championships and earned a gold medal at Junior World Championships in the 4+ her senior year.
She went on to row at the University of Michigan, earning 2nd at the NCAA Championships in 2012. In her summers should would row for the U23 National Team, earning three golds and one silver medal over her two summers on the team. She then went on to train with the National Team in Princeton, and have a brief stint as a Volunteer Assistant Coach at the University of Texas.
Following her rowing career, Jessica was the Head of Beginner/Intermediate at Saugatuck Rowing Club, before moving on to be the Women’s Head Coach at PCRA in 2018. Before coming to us, she was an Assistant Coach at Rutgers University.
Jessica is also a Certified Personal Trainer and will be offering personal training out of Nereid.
Georgia Seehaus – Novice Boys/Middle School/Masters
Georgia grew up rowing at Nereid, having a successful High School career primarily in the single. Georgia went on to a great career at Cornell University, where she was team captain her senior year. She most recently coached the Freshman Boys at Ridgewood Crew.
Georgia will be taking the lead on the Novice Boys team as well as working with the other coaches to run the Middle School/Recreational program.
“I can’t wait to work with new rowers and help them find new skills, fun, and most importantly a passion for rowing!”
Rachel Dowd – Novice Girls/Middle School
Rachel started her rowing career in the Nereid middle school program where she learned to scull and race. She then continued to row at Montclair High school as a competitive lightweight. After high school Rachel continued to row for Ithaca College as a competitive sculler and lightweight sweep rower where she earned many state championship and NIRC medals. After graduating from Ithaca College Rachel coached both novice and varsity women as an assistant coach at Ithaca College from 2017-2020.
Rachel’s coaching philosophy is to create an environment for athletes where they can grow and strive for excellence in themselves. She wants to be able to share her passion and love for the sport with others and create a family for them in athletics.
“I am very excited to come back to the Nereid program where I learned to row and can’t wait to help provide current and future rowers with the same amazing experience I had rowing with the club!”
Ryan Lillis- Varsity Assistant Coach
Ryan began his rowing career as a coxswain at St. Peter’s Prep where he coxed the boy’s junior 4+ to a Stotesbury Cup and SRAA Nationals gold medal. He then went on to cox the varsity 8+ for four years at Marist College culminating in Marist’s return to the IRA Regatta for the first time in over a decade in 2018. Additionally, Ryan coxed the Vesper U23 Men’s team to multiple medals at Club Nationals and a gold medal in the U23 8+ at Canadian Henley in 2017. After graduating from Marist, Ryan spent time coaching at New York Rowing Association and Mary Whipple’s 9th Seat coxswain camp. Most recently, Ryan served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Georgetown Heavyweight men in 2019 while working towards his Master’s degree.
Ryan’s goal is to help athletes become detail-oriented students of the sport and for the athletes to develop a desire to grow and improve. He is excited to share his love of rowing with the athletes and wants to help create a fun and competitive environment.
“I’m very happy to share my passion of helping boats go fast with the rowers at Nereid!”
Kevan Wisniewski- Middle School
Bio coming soon!