Simon Hoadley - Head Coach
Simon began his tenure as Head Coach of the UCLA Men’s Rowing Program in 2016. In his first season, the team achieved many successes. UCLA were able to win the Point Score as the best team at the UC Championships, the Pac12 Club Championship, and the WIRA championships. This the first time that UCLA had ever won any of these three trophies. UCLA also win its first ever WIRA title in the Varsity 2x.
His previous experience includes leading both the University of Waikato and University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Both those programs grew and developed under his leadership into National Champions, and were also involved in racing successfully internationally.
For the previous eight years Coach Hoadley had been based in Sydney, Australia where he was primarily coaching in schools and clubs. As the Head Coach of Leichhardt Rowing Club, his athletes were successful in winning the NSW Open Women’s Premiership Trophy for the 2016 season. This was the first win for the club in this competition for many seasons. His Men’s squad also placed third in their Premiership competition. Leichhardt RC under Coach Hoadley were also successful in winning back several other historic trophies that the club had not possessed in many seasons, including the JB Sharp Pointscore and the prestigious NSW State Trophy for results at all Head Races, the Bohemia Cup.
Coach Hoadley has developed and coached many rowers who have rowed internationally across several different countries, and has previous US coaching experience at the University of San Diego and the Seattle Rowing Center.
He lives in Torrance with his wife and three young sons.
Brendan McEwan - Assistant Coach
Starting his coaching career in 2016 at UCLA, Coach McEwan had a very successful season leading the Novice squad. During the season the 1st Novice Eight were ranked in the top 10 several times over the season , and at the National Championships in Georgia they confirmed this ranking by winning the B final of the Novice/Freshman Eight to finish the season ranked 8th. As a team of entirely Walk On's this was a great achievement. The program's success in winning the Overall Point Scores at WIRA, Pac12 and the UC Championships were firmly anchored in the depth of talent and success across the entire Novice Squad.
Coach McEwan grew up in New Canaan, CT. He began rowing in 2002 for New Canaan High School in Norwalk, CT. He rowed in his high school's Varsity Quad and his team had success on the national level, winning the national championship several times. In 2006 Coach McEwan qualified for the Junior World Rowing Championships and raced for the United States in the Youth Double in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Coach McEwan attended Georgetown University and rowed in the Varsity Lightweight Eight. In 2009 he stroked his boat to a third place finished at the Eastern Sprints Regatta and a fourth place finish at the IRA National Championship. In 2010 he qualified for the Under 23 World Rowing Championships and raced for the United States in the Heavyweight Single in Brest, Belarus.
Coach McEwan has continued to row since his graduation. He races several times per year. Most recently, he raced and won the Club Single at the 2015 Head of the Charles Regatta.
Jake Coert - Assistant Coach
Jake Coert is also the Head Coach at the 805 Rowing Club in Oxnard. The 805 Rowing Club was created by current UCLA Rower, Harrison Zilli in 2016, and the relationship between the two programs continues to strengthen. Coach Coert is also still actively competing as a rower, and will be a key role model for the Bruin rowers he will coach.
Coach Coert was a successful High School rower at Lake Casitas, and raced in the US Junior Men's Quad at the 2012 Junior World Championships. After High School, he competed for the Cal Bears as a collegiate athlete.
Jacob Rosen Ph.D. - Assistant Coach
Jacob Rosen is a professor of medical robotics and the director of the Bionics Lab at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) with joint appointments with the Department Surgery and the Department of Bioengineering, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His research interests focus on medical robotics, biorobotics, human centered robotics, surgical robotics, wearable robotics, rehabilitation robotics, neural control, and human-machine interface.
Jacob started to row in 1980 at the age of 15 and hasn't stopped since. He was a member of the Israeli National Rowing team from 1981 to 1992 during his college studies and military service. He competed over the years in many international regattas primarily in Europe (Italy, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, England, Belgium, Switzerland) including the first FISU International University Rowing Championship in Millan Italy in 1984 (2x) and three FISA World Rowing Championships in a lightweight double scull in 1985 Hazewinkel Belgium (2x LW) and 1986 Nottingham England (2x LW) as well as in a quad (4x) in 1991 Vienna Austria. In the US, he rowed for Lake Washington Rowing Club (LWRC) in Seattle WA, as well as Los Gatos Rowing Club (LGRC) in Los Gatos, CA. Jacob continues to row recreationally in a single (1x) and a double (2x).
Ted Humphrey - Assistant Coach
Coach Humphrey is also one of the lead sculling coaches at the UCLA Marina Aquatic Center, a position he has held for over 20 years. His experience at the UCLA boathouse over such a time, has created a vast reservoir of knowledge about rowing at Marina Del Rey, and the history of UCLA rowing.
His patience and teaching experience will help us teach the next generation of UCLA Oarsman the skills to be successful in small boats.
Scott Del Vecchio - Assistant Coach
After California Rowing Club was disbanded, Coach Del Vecchio was in look of a place to train and prepare for selection into the US Men's Rowing Team. UCLA has been able to help him train, while in return he also helps to build a lightweight culture at the UCLA boathouse. Having an inspired coach who is happy to jump into the boat and demonstrate what needs to happen has been very positive for the team.
Coach Del Vecchio was a Varsity rower for Jacksonville, and raced in the Varsity Four at the 2013 IRA Championships.