Meet Our Coaches

Contact Links

Individual Coaches:

 coachmark@mercycrew.org | Adrien.reidy@gmail.comlizkowalke@yahoo.com

If you know you will not be able to make a practice e-mail: nopractice@mercycrew.org


 Coach Mark Salzer

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACoach Mark started with Mercy Crew in Spring 2010.

He is a USRowing Level II Certified Coach. He began his rowing career with the Greater Dayton Rowing Association (GDRA) in spring 1999. During his first years of sculling he competed in the Master’s Double at the Head of the Ohio and earned his Captain proficiency designation.In 2003, Mark organized, recruited rowers and a coach for a Sweep rowing summer class. For the next seven years, Mark expanded the adult sweep program through recruiting, equipment acquisition and successful regatta competitions. His teams competed in numerous regattas in the Midwest (including the US Rowing Midwest Masters Championships) and at the Head of the Hooch in Chattanooga, TN.During summer and fall 2009, he coordinated and assisted the Junior coaching staff of GDRA with daily practices including on-land training, boat line up determinations, and development of practice routines and on-water coaching.

Contact: coachmark@mercycrew.org


Coach Adrien Reidy

Coach Adrien joined Mercy Crew in the summer of 2015.  She is the head coach for the Spring 2018 season

Adrien brings a wealth of experience to our Mercy Crew team having coached in the Rochester area with Fairport Crew and in the Buffalo area with Nardin Academy Crew. Adrien will be working part time and add significantly to our already solid coaching staff for the season.  Adrien rowed Division I at University of Buffalo.

Contact Coach Adrien:  Adrien.reidy@gmail.com


Coach Liz Kowalke

Coach Liz joined Mercy Crew in the Fall of 2017.

Liz Kowalke joined Mercy Crew in Fall 2017 as a coach for Novice. She is
certified by US Rowing as a Level II coach and has completed the requirements of the newest certification by mentoring with Ethan Curren. For 4 1/2 years Liz coached with Pittsford Crew, and then with McQuaid. Currently, she is also the Learn-to-Row coach at the Genesee Waterways Center and coaches for NAIADES Oncology Rowing. Liz began rowing in 2007 and she has rowed at one time or another, with almost every Masters rowing program in Rochester. Her education includes a Master’s degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling (MFCC), and additional graduate studies toward a PhD in Clinical Psychology and a Psychoanalytic Certificate.  Liz lives in Scottsville with her husband of 40 years. They have one son and a feisty rescued cat.

Contact Coach Liz:  Coach.liz@mercycrew.org