Bonnie Fuller-Kask is back for her 20th season as Head Coach. This season she will focus on coaching the Junior Program. Bonnie has coached many winning crews and has trained youth who go on to row in college; some have received scholarships. Bonnie has over 30 years of coaching experience and is also currently the East High School Nordic Ski Coach. In addition, Bonnie is a championship masters rower.
Henri LaLiberte is the Adult Coach this season. He began rowing with the DRC in 2014 where he developed expertise as a coxswain. Henri was recruited to Purdue University Men’s Rowing as a full-time coxswain. As a college sophomore, Henri jumped into the Purdue program’s top varsity eight and began to establish a habit of success. In the summer of 2018, he was selected from a nationwide talent pool to represent the United States at the World University Championships coxing the Men’s Eight in Shanghai China.
Emily Wells is an Assistant Coach with the Junior Program. She rowed for the University of Georgia from 2006 to 2010 and loved it. Emily raced in the women’s 4 and 8, and also in the lightweight pair competing in regattas throughout the southeast US. Emily is a recent Duluth transplant, having moved here after spending the last 6 years working at Isle Royale National Park. Currently, she works in admissions for the National Outdoor Leadership School.
Zoe Harvieux is an Assistant Coach with the Adult program primarily teaching in the Learn to Row classes. Zoe learned to row here DRC. In 2015 she went on to row for the University of Minnesota, where she graduated in 2019. During her college summers back in Duluth, Zoe coached juniors and learn to row classes for 3 years here at DRC. While in the Twin Cities, Zoe was coached in the North Star Community Rowing youth program in Minneapolis. Zoe is currently a physical therapy student at St. Scholastica.
Dave Kask is an Assistant Coach who will be working with the Junior Program. Dave has been rowing since 1975 when he first started rowing with the University of Minnesota. Dave has over 20 years of youth coaching experience, coaching both at the DRC and with the Duluth East Nordic Ski program. He has held several leadership positions at the DRC, including Board President Commodore and now Vice President.
*More information along with pictures of this year’s coaches can be found here.