Simon Hoadley - Head Coach

Coach Simon Hoadley

Coach Simon Hoadley

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 Pac-12 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. In 2017, his team were able to again retain the WIRA Team Champsionship, and won the Varsity 2- and Novice Lightweight 4+ at this regatta. UCLA also retained the Pac-12 Club Championship.

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

Coach Brendan McEwan

Coach Brendan McEwan

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. These results were mirrored in his second season coaching, the novice squad achieved a string of great results. Bronze Medals at WIRA, Pac-12, UC Champs, San Diego Crew Classic, Head of the American

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.


Paul Wilkins - Freshman Coach

Coach Paul Wilkins

Coach Paul Wilkins

Coach Wilkins started his collegiate coaching career at George Washington University. While Head Coach from 1981 to 1996 he nurtured the crew from a very small team to one that had almost 100 competitive athletes. During that era, the program developed three Olympians and four national team members – all from a program that had no history of producing any top athletes. We won two major team points trophies, and won three silver medals at the Collegiate National Championships.

From 1999 until 2009 he developed Chapman University's Div. III rowing program. Starting with less than ten athletes rowing in old donated equipment, the program grew i numbers, got a new boathouse, and updated the fleet. In 2009 Coach Wilkins moved to Australia for the year and coached at Canberra Rowing Club. This was followed by a stint at Long Beach State, before becoming the Head Men’s Coach at USC from 2013 to 2017. During his time USC achieved a Silver medal at the National Championships, and were successful in getting an athlete onto the US National Team.

In 2015 Coach Wilkins was inducted into the George Washington University Athletic Hall of Fame.

Coach Wilkins is also an experienced rowing umpire, and worked for US rowing for many years teaching coaching clinics to coaches.


Jacob Rosen Ph.D. - Assistant Coach

Coach Jacob Rosen

Coach Jacob Rosen

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 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. Coach Humphrey is an Adjunct Professor of English Litertaure at Santa Monica College

His patience and teaching experience will help us teach the next generation of UCLA Oarsman the skills to be successful in small boats. He primarily works with the Varsity Squad, and the teams recent success in small boats at regattas can be traced back to his direction and guidance.


Volunteer Coaches

We are very fortunate to have a strong team of young coaches and active athletes who are excited to be helping the team to grow and develop.

  • David Kerns

  • Dominic Pardini

  • Jeremy Onofrei

  • Adela Armstrong-Spielberg