Zach Spitzer – Head Coach/Director

headcoach@nereidbc.org

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.

Georgia Seehaus – Novice Boys/Middle School

gs487@cornell.edu

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

ralicedowd8@gmail.com

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!”

Gregg Seiz- JV/Beginner

gtseiz973@gmail.com

Gregg started his sculling career at Nereid as a freshman in high school and has since accumulated many years of race experience with the club. Over the years he has fallen in love with the Nereid community and sense of camaraderie within the boat house.

He enjoys the feeling of progress and seeing improvements in fitness and technique with every row, both individually and as a crew. Gregg believes that rowing teaches discipline, self respect, creates healthy habits and friendships that last a lifetime.

Gregg aims to create lifelong rowers through coaching, and expects his athletes to take their training seriously, treat the sport as a lifestyle, and encourage their fellow boat mates to be the best they can be. His motto is “friendship is the freest speed.”

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