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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

Matthew Pinschmidt
Varsity Women's Coach

Channing Walker
Varsity Men's Head Coach

Photo and bio coming soon.


Rick Ruddell
Varsity Men's Assistant Coach 

Rick began rowing in 2005 for the Oregon Association of Rowers (now SERC). As a junior, he competed in the Brentwood Invitational and Opening Day Regatta, before eventually taking the 4x- to a 12th place finish in the 2008 Junior National Championships. Recruited to Gonzaga University, Rick proceeded to race in four straight IRA National Championships, placing as high as 17th. After finishing his Master's in School Counselling, Rick found his way to Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose and eventually joined the Men's Varsity staff at LGRC as the Second Assistant Coach. 


Ian Fitzcharles
Novice Women's Coach

Photo and bio coming soon.


TJ LaScola
TJ LaScola
Novice Men's Head Coach 

TJ rowed three years in high school, starting sophomore year at LGRC. He attended the University of Alabama where he walked onto the men’s rowing club team. During his time at Alabama, TJ won gold in his novice 4 and silver in his novice 8. TJ left the University of Alabama after the fall semester of 2017 and started coaching at LGRC in the spring of 2018. 


Middle School Coaches 

Photos and bios coming soon.


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