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 was 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.
Eriberto Rosales - Assistant Coach
Eriberto Rosales comes to lead the Novice within the UCLA program from the University of North Carolina, where he coached their Novice Men's squad for the last 2 seasons. During that time his Novices teams were often ranked on the American Collegiate Rowing Association rankings within the Top 10. Before coaching in North Carolina, Coach Rosales spent two season with the UCLA women's team working primarily with their Novice squads.
His familiarity with both the UCLA environment and the ACRA competition will make the transition easy. Coach Rosales has also spent several summers in Anchorage, Alaska, coaching Masters, Novices and Juniors.
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).
Gary Bell - Assistant Coach
Ex-President of LA Rowing Club and a member of the Marina Community Boating Council. Coach Bell has intimate links with other clubs in the Marina and is helping to shape our involvement with the wider Los Angeles rowing community.
In 2016-2017, Coach Bell was responsible for our Second Novice Eight and Novice Lightweight squad. Both had strong season's with good results.
Cameron Wurf - Assistant Coach
Cameron Wurf is a professional triathlete and Internationally ranked Ironman. He was a road cyclist, who previously rode for the Cannondale team. Before becoming a professional road cyclist, Wurf was an Olympic lightweight rower and represented Australia at the 2004 Olympics in the men's lightweight double scull.
Over the last few years he has also begun to compete in Ironman races. Coach Wurf finished ninth overall and winning the 30-34 age group on his Ironman debut at Whistler in July 2015. Wurf made his professional triathlon debut at the Ironman Asia-Pacific Championships in Cairns in June 2016.
With a personal best erg of 6:03 as a lightweight, and having seen many different training philosophies across three elite endurance sports, Coach Wurf is very knowledgeable in how to train and build stronger athletes, and will be working with our UCLA athletes during land sessions and in mentoring those on the roster who wish to row Internationally.