Meet Our Coaches

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Head Coach Adrien Reidy

Coach Adrien joined Mercy Crew in the summer of 2015 and has been the Head Coach of Mercy Crew since the Spring 2018 season

Adrien is a former collegiate rower having rowed at a Division 1 level at the University of Buffalo.  Adrien has brought 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.  Her background in physical therapy enhances training on and off the water for the Mercy team.

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Novice 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.

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Varsity Coach Karen Morgan

Coach Karen returns to the Mercy Crew in the Summer of 2018.

Coach Karen returns to the Mercy Crew team with an extensive coaching background.  She is a US Rowing Level III Certified Coach with several years of experience coaching high school, collegiate and adult rowers at Mercy, GWC, Pittsford Crew and the University of Rochester.  She also has a strength coach training background.

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Coach Kalila Elahi

Coach Kali joined Mercy Crew in the Summer of 2017

Kali rowed for 4 years at The Rochester Institute of Technology. She currently rows with Flower City Rowing. She has been sculling for 3 years. She is also working to complete her master’s degree in Biology at SUNY Brockport.

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Coach Kiersten Kunick

Coach Kiersten joined Mercy Crew in the Fall of 2018

Kiersten was a former member of UCLA Rowing Club, was the port stroke of the Syracuse University Women’s Eight, the port stroke in the women’s LT4 at Jacksonville University and both port stroke and bow pair of the Jacksonville University Women’s 8.

She is an Empire State Games Gold Medalist in the Women’s 4 and 8 with the West Side Rowing Club.

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Coach Serra Sevenler

Coach Serra joined Mercy Crew in the Fall of 2018

Serra is the director of rowing at Genesee Rosing Club, a former head coach for the Men’s Rowing team and asst. coach for the Women’s Rowing team at the U. of Rochester. She also has coached at the University of Buffalo, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, and Brighton High School.

Some highlights of her rowing accomplishments include the following: placed 1st at the Canadian Royal Henle in 2018, selected captain at the University of Rochester, placed 1st in the D3 Varsity 8 at the Dad Vail Regatta, and placed 2nd at the Head of the Charles in the U18 Singles division.