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Junior Coaches

Jaime Velez
Director of Rowing &
Varsity Women's Head Coach 

A California native, Jaime is the Director of Rowing at Los Gatos Rowing Club.

Jaime began his rowing career at Dartmouth College and was a member of the Varsity Heavyweight Crew. While at Dartmouth, he earned the Marshall A. Robinson Award for most improved rower and 2nd team All Ivy in his 3rd year. Upon graduation, he moved to Philadelphia where he rowed and coached at the famed Vesper Boat Club. He represented Vesper Boat Club at the 2008 Olympic trials in pairs racing.

Phone: 408-375-8681

Jake Carrigan 
Varsity Men's Head Coach

Jake began his rowing career in high school with New Trier in Chicago, IL.  Jake attended Santa Clara University where he joined the SCU rowing team in his freshman year. That year Jake was voted the Most Valuable Rower and would go on to stroke the four that took gold at the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia, PA. By his junior year, his team placed first in the West Coast Conference and third at WIRAs. 

After graduating, Jake transitioned from competing to coaching. He joined the LGRC coaching team in 2013 and served as the Assistant Coach for the Varsity Women's squad from 2013-2015. 


Peter Cannia
Novice Women's Head Coach

Peter (Pete) Cannia has spent most of his life involved in rowing. A San Francisco native, he was taught to row by his father, a member of the South End Rowing Club.

Pete has served as an instructor for the City of Tempe Parks and Recreation Rowing Program (TTLR) and Xavier College Prep (XCP) as well as Tempe Junior Crew. As head coach for both Tempe Town Lake Junior Crew in 2011, XCP Crew in 2012, and now TJC, he qualified multiple boats to the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships.

More than 15 of the rowers he coached have gone on to row in Division 1 college programs. To date, two of his athletes were invited to Junior National Team Selection Camps, highlighted by one of his athletes representing the United States in the men’s double at the 2014 World Junior Rowing Championships in Hamburg, Germany. Pete joined the LGRC coaching staff in 2017.

Katie Trovato
Varsity Women's Assistant Coach 

Katie joined the LGRC staff after her eighth year rowing competitively. She began rowing in high school at the Three Rivers Rowing Association in Pittsburgh, PA.

During her high school career, Katie competed with the USRowing CanAmMex team, winning two gold medals against Canada and Mexico in both the pair and eight events.

After high school Katie continued to row at the University of Texas in Austin. Her freshmen year at Texas, Katie helped the Longhorns win the Big 12 Championship, rowing in the team’s first four. Sophomore year Katie stroked the first varsity eight that took gold at the Conference USA Championship. In her senior season, Katie stroked the first varsity eight to a silver medal finish at the 2015 San Diego Crew Classic and a gold medal at the Big 12 Championship, bringing home the team title and securing an automatic bid for the 2015 NCAA Championships. At NCAA’s Katie’s first varsity eight finished fourth, with the team finishing ninth overall. Katie also coached with the Texas Rowing Center junior’s team, assisting with the novice men, and the varsity women.


Patrick Lynch
Varsity Men's Assistant Coach

Patrick Lynch began his coaching career at LGRC in 2004. He has coached all programs in some capacity since then and was interim director of the rowing club while Head Coach of the Varsity Women in 2009.

Teams he has worked with, as head coach or assistant coach, have won multiple regional and national championships. Patrick believes in providing a positive and challenging work environment for his athletes and a space in which they can grow physically and mentally.  He has the highest level certification through US Rowing. 

He earned his B.A. in Psychology at John F. Kennedy University and his Multiple Subject CLAD Teaching credential through CSU Monterey Bay. He teaches second grade in Morgan Hill and works to encourage all his students, much like his athletes, toward empathy and integrity. He has volunteered for the Special Olympics and the Pacific Autism Center for Education for many years. He is also a singer songwriter, who strongly believes in the power of music to bring people together. 


Isabella DiLisio 
Novice Women's Assistant Coach

Bella is a native of Saratoga and a recent graduate from UC Santa Barbara where she rowed for all 4 years of her collegiate career. After picking up rowing by walking on to the club team in college, she quickly fell in love with the tenacity and competitive drive that the sport encompassed, as well as its teamwork-centric atmosphere.

Throughout her career with UCSB she has won one gold Long Beach Naples Island Challenge medal, one silver San Diego Fall Classic medal, three silver and one gold regional championship medals (WIRA), and 3 club national championship gold medals (ACRA). Additionally, she earned 2017 WIRA All-Region 1st Team honors as well as 2017 ACRA All-American 1st Team honors. While most of her rowing career was spent in the JV8+, during her senior year she was able to compete in the V8+ where she achieved her dream of winning ACRA in the first Varsity 8. Bella is excited to be part of the LGRC community, and grateful to be able to share her experience and love of rowing with the novice women.


Max Moyer
Novice Men's Assistant Coach

Max Moyer rowed at LGRC during his four years at Los Gatos High School. After graduation, he became an assistant coach at LGRC. Max then left coaching to study commercial photography, returning to coaching in 2017. 


Blake Gourley 
Novice Men's Assistant Coach 

Blake brings over a decade of rowing experience to the table. He spent 4 years rowing for LGRC where he was the team captain and the fastest rower on the team in 2004. In 2004 Blake was recruited to row for Cal’s undefeated freshman crew. An injury at Cal sidelined his rowing career, but led to his passion for injury reduction in the sport of rowing. Over the course of his coaching career his teams typically place in the top 5 at state championships. Most notably his Freshmen 8+ and Novice A 8+ placed 3rd in the state in 2013, and his Lightweight 8+ placed 5th in the nation in 2012.  Blake has developed a thirst for knowledge and pursues further education whenever possible.

Blake is a Certified Personal Trainer, Performance Enhancement Specialist, Functional Movement Screen Expert and Corrective Exercise Specialist through The National Academy of Sports Medicine. Blake continues to further his expertise with internships at locations such as Stanford Sports Performance, and Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning (considered one of the leading strength and conditioning gyms in the world). Blake attends conferences, seminars, and courses multiple times a year to stay on-top of the latest and greatest performance information. Blake holds a Master’s Degree in Sports Performance Training and was  the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Santa Clara University men's crew team for two seasons. 

Blake is currently the owner of his Performance Training business, Movement Evolution and a board member for the Sports Medicine Certificate at West Valley College.

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