Rowing Roster

Coaching Staff

Dan Martin - Head Coach

Dan Martin - Head Coach

Office Address: D149 Recreation Center
Email: martdan@gvsu.edu

Coach Martin has been involved with the sport of rowing for over 15 years. He began rowing his junior year of high school at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, VA. He then walked on to the club team at the University of Virginia where he studied chemistry and secondary science education.  Prior to finishing his collegiate career with an ECAC gold medal in the varsity four, he was a part of several novice and JV crews that won against teams like Columbia, Georgetown, Temple, and Navy. Post-graduation, he continued racing in the 1x for the Sandy Run Scullers. Martin says his rowing career taught him that “firstly, it’s vital to be honest with yourself about your present situation - your fitness, your motivation, your effort - before you can be aspirational about your future.” He also learned that you always have more to give as an athlete, even when you think you’ve reached your top gear because “it is only by taking chances and risking failure that we find our true capabilities.”

Martin began his coaching career in 2009 with the Sandy Run Scullers, teaching learn-to-scull classes throughout the summer. In late 2011, he began volunteering with Fairfax High School Rowing and was soon hired as the varsity women’s coach. In his time at Fairfax, he helped grow the program from 27 athletes to 65 and had 12 crews qualify for SRAA Nationals, 5 of them placing in the top 20. He stayed at Fairfax for 6 years before seeking a full-time position at Grand Valley. He coached the novice women his first year, the varsity women the next year, then became head coach in the fall of 2019. 3 of the Grand Valley boats he coached medaled at ACRA National Championship Regatta, 2 of them taking first place. Other notable accomplishments at Grand Valley include winning back the bid at the Head of the Charles Regatta in the Women’s Varsity 8+ and Men’s Varsity 4+ and growing the team to the largest it’s been since he joined the staff.

Martin was inspired to pursue coaching because of everything the sport has done for him. The sport shaped his life professionally and personally. His goal is to give back to the sport that has given him so much by helping athletes the way he was helped. His favorite part of coaching is the day-to-day work and the fun of getting in the launch and helping people figure out the sport. Watching the athletes celebrate after meeting their goals reminds him of why he began coaching; it is a gratifying experience to see hard work pay off. 

Coach Martin’s primary goal is to continue the growth of the team, increasing the number of athletes and the competitive level. Secondly, Martin plans to return Grand Valley to the championship program of the past, setting his sights on the podium at Dad Vail and ACRA regattas in the coming seasons. He hopes he can teach the athletes the life lessons the sport offers: hard work, diligence, sacrifice, breaking up hard tasks into more manageable ones, the importance of delayed gratification, and the confidence that comes from mastering these goals. He believes that learning to row at a high level makes you better not only as an athlete, but also a person; he hopes that athletes will take this message with them as they graduate from the program.

Troy Harding - Assistant Coach

Troy Harding - Assistant Coach

Email: hardintr@gvsu.edu

Coach Harding began rowing at Orange Coast College in 2015, joining the team as a novice and winning a bronze medal in the Novice Men’s 8+ at the ACRA National Championship Regatta. The following year, he competed in the A finals at the ACRA National Championship regatta before transferring schools. He continued his education at the University of California Los Angeles, rowing there for another two years as he completed his Bachelor’s degree in History. He then moved to Texas and rowed for one year at the Austin Rowing Club. The most valuable lesson he learned from his time as an athlete is that keeping a growth mindset is imperative to success. He states, “some people row for all four years, while others row one year four times over.” He believes that it is important to continually improve oneself and never stop growing as an athlete, a belief that sets the foundation for his coaching philosophy. 

Harding started to coach in 2018 at Row LA. He then coached for two more years at Austin Rowing Club and two semesters at the University of Texas. He took the assistant coaching position at GVSU in the summer of 2021, drawn to the program due to its emphasis on local talent and its similarities to the programs he had rowed for. In addition to coaching, he is also completing his Master’s degree in Exercise Science from Concordia University Irvine, equipping him with the knowledge to effectively design a training program. 

Harding was inspired to pursue coaching because of the differences his own coaches made in his life and his desire to do the same for others. He wants to be the coach that sees each athlete as an individual and tells each person specifically how to get faster, personalizing the program for each athlete. He hopes to instill in each of the team members the ability to coach themselves and equip each person with the tools to progress their training after graduation. Harding’s favorite part of coaching is seeing the joy of the athletes as they progress to meet their individual goals as well as watching the team celebrate as they reach their team goals during competitions.

Adam Kolakowski - Novice Women's Coach

Adam Kolakowski - Novice Women's Coach

Coach Kolakowski began rowing his junior year of high school for the Wyandotte Roosevelt High School Rowing Team. After graduating, Kolakowski continued his rowing career by joining the Grand Valley State University Rowing Club in 2017. He continued to row for GVSU until the spring of 2020 when the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While he was unable to finish his rowing career the way he had hoped, his involvement with the sport taught Kolakowski the value of hard work and dedication. He says, “I learned that when times are tough, in any discipline, it is not an excuse to let off, but rather understand you need to put your head down and train even more diligently. The idea of failure never sat right with me before I started rowing, but now I see it merely as a learning experience and a gauge.”

After graduating with his Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics, Kolakowski knew he still wanted rowing to be part of his life and decided to pursue coaching. When he first arrived at GVSU to row, he vowed to change the trajectory of the team and start producing the results the program had in previous years. When a string of injuries prevented him from rowing to his fullest capability, he decided to continue pursuing this goal by joining the coaching staff. He began coaching the novice women at GVSU in the fall of 2021 and has been overjoyed with his new position on the team. 

Kolakowski’s favorite part of coaching is watching concepts finally click in the athletes. He finds it extremely rewarding to help the rowers make changes and be excited about how much better those changes feel. He has also enjoyed watching each individual grow with each other athletically and bond as friends over their common team goals. Kolakowski’s aspiration is for the program to consistently produce medals at major regattas while maintaining a positive and uplifting team environment. He also hopes to teach his athletes that involvement in this sport is not just about rowing; it’s also about the importance of hard work and working together as a team to achieve a common goal. 

Kyle Barnhart - Novice Men's Coach

Kyle Barnhart - Novice Men's Coach

Email: barnhkyl@gvsu.edu

Coach Kyle Barnhart began rowing in high school and was a four-year coxswain at Grand Valley State University. During his time with the GVSU Rowing Club, he coxed the Women’s Varsity 8+ to a gold medal at the 2013 Dad Vail, helping to secure the women’s team points crown at this prestigious regatta. That same year they also won gold at the ACRA National Championship, securing GVSU’s 6th consecutive team points title, and advanced to the final round at the Henley Women’s Regatta finishing runner up to Oxford University. In 2014 he coxed the Men’s Varsity 8+ to a win at the San Diego Crew Classic, a 5th place finish at the Dad Vail, and a bronze medal at the ACRA National Championship. His career at Grand Valley also included two top 10 finishes at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston.

Barnhart has worked in GVSU’s Alumni Relations office since 2017 and is Assistant Director for Alumni Engagement. He joined the rowing club coaching staff in 2021 as the novice men’s coach. Prior to joining the GVSU coaching staff, Barnhart was the junior program head coach at the Grand Rapids Rowing Club for six years. During his time there, the team tripled in size and became a consistent competitor across the Midwest.

Coach Barnhart’s favorite part of coaching is helping athletes by encouraging them to reach their full potential. He recognizes that novice athletes are essential to the foundation of a program, and he aspires to cultivate a consistently competitive novice program in order to set the tone as the athletes move up, thereby ensuring success year to year. 

Barnhart earned his bachelor’s degree in Geography and Urban Planning in 2014 and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Higher Education. He is married to Rhiannon McHenry Barnhart, a 2015 alumnae and former coxswain who won three national championships and the Head of the Charles in her time with the Lakers. They live in Grand Haven with their dog, Maple.

 

Executive Board

President: McKenzie Sandel

Vice President: Hannah Shorkey

Treasurer: Grace Garrison

Trustees: Jacob Stone & Haley Clark

Secretary: Anna Foster

Academic Chair: Isabel Albaitis

Alumni Relations Chair: Hailey Engvall & Sam Sommerdyke

Clothing Coordinator: Margaret Jastifer & Kiya Hammond

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer: James Postle

Fundraising Chair: Maddie Gilbert

Historian: Rebecca Kelley

Rent-a-Rower Coordinator: Jackson Groessl

Risk Management Officer: Maria Rueda-Rodriguez

Social Media Coordinator: Veronica Matthews & Simon Scheer

Wellness Officer: Rebecca Kelley

Men's Roster

Varsity Men

Athlete Name

 Class

Hometown

Andrew Cavrell

Senior

Grosse Ile, MI

Anthony Vrooman

Junior

Ada, MI

Carlos Fabbro

Junior

Hudsonville, MI

Edward Pfannes

Senior

Saline, MI

Izak Sahutske

Sophomore

Gross Pointe, MI

Jackson Groessl

Junior

Whitehall, MI

Jacob Stone

Senior

Grand Rapids, MI

James Postle

Sophomore

Madison, WI

Jasper Lee

Sophomore

Grand Rapids, MI

Kyle Emerson

Sophomore

Saline, MI

Leo Horvath

Senior

Indianapolis, IN

Miles Hagmeyer

Senior

Lowell, MI

Sam Sommerdyke

Sophomore

Grand Rapids, MI

Novice Men

Athlete Name

Class

Hometown

Brendan Butterfield

Freshman

Northville, MI

Brendon Snedeker

Freshman

Rockford, MI

Bryce Drobnick

Freshman

Saline, MI

Daniel Zawodny

Freshman

Grand Rapids, MI

Eliot Van Pelt

Freshman

Rockford, MI

Jacob Galloway

Junior

Commerce Township, MI

Joe Vitick

Junior

Milford, MI

Jonathan Whalen

Freshman

Mansfield, TX

Joshua Scotto DiVetta

Freshman

Northville, MI

Mateo Vrooman

Freshman

Grand Rapids, MI

Matthew Smith

Freshman

Grand Rapids, MI

Micah Hammond

Freshman

Grand Haven, MI

Parker Reynolds

Junior

North Muskegon, MI

Sebastian Daughty

Freshman

Grand Rapids, MI

Women's Roster

Varsity Women

Athlete Name

Class

Hometown

Anna Foster

Senior

Brighton, MI

Beka Gair

Sophomore

Sparta, MI

Emili Barth

Senior

Manteno, IL

Emmy Dyer

Senior

Eaton Rapids, MI

Grace Garrison

Junior

Fort Wayne, IN

Hailey Engvall

Senior

Grand Rapids, MI

Haley Clark

Sophomore

Glendale Heights, IL

Hannah Shorkey

Senior

Essexville, MI

Isabel Albaitis

Junior

Grand Rapids, MI

Jo Patterson

Sophomore

Annapolis, MD

Josie Heintz

Junior

Leslie, MI

Kaiya Quinlan

Sophomore

Troy, MI

Kendra Pollick

Junior

Macomb, MI

Kiya Hammond

Sophomore

Grand Haven, MI

Maddie Gilbert

Junior

Rochester Hills, MI

Margaret Jastifer

Sophomore

Grandville, MI

Maria Rueda-Rodriguez

Junior

Muskegon, MI

McKenzie Sandel

Senior

Grosse Ile, MI

Morgan Ross

Senior

Ortonville, MI

Rebecca Kelley

Senior

Charlton, NY

Reilly Forbes

Sophomore

Shawnee, KS

Stephanie Bruck

Senior

Essexville, MI

Veronica Matthews

Junior

Midland, MI

Novice Women

Athlete Name

Class

Hometown

Alyssa Cassie

Freshman

Sandwich, IL

Amelia Paulin

Freshman

South Lyon, MI

Anna Cleveland

Sophomore

Buchanan, MI

Brina Crown

Junior

DeWitt, MI

Bryanna Ergang

Sophomore

Galesburg, MI

Carly Sowirka

Sophomore

Sterling Heights, MI

Clare McFarlane-Parrott

Freshman

Okemos, MI

Emily Fredricks

Junior

Byron Center, MI

Kaitlyn Kloha

Sophomore

Essexville, MI

Kayla Pendley

Sophomore

Keego Harbor, MI

Madeline Kelly

Junior

Fenton, MI

Sydney Cole

Junior

Ada, MI

Sydney McNeill

Junior

Port Huron, MI

Historical Rosters

2020-2021

Athlete Name

Class

Hometown

Abby Simms

Freshman

Macomb, MI

Audrey Bulow

Freshman

New Lenox, IL

Beka Gair

Freshman

Sparta, MI

Bryanna Ergang

Freshman

Galesburg, MI

Haley Clark

Freshman

Glendale Heights, IL

Izak Sahutske

Freshman

Gross Pointe, MI

Jacquie Molloseau

Freshman

Jenison, MI

James Postle

Freshman

Madison, WI

Jasper Lee

Freshman

Grand Rapids, MI

Jo Patterson

Freshman

Annapolis, MD

Kaiya Quinlan

Freshman

Troy, MI

Kathleen Janiuk

Freshman

Jackson, MI

Kathryn Falzone

Freshman

Lambertville, MI

Kaylen Gibson

Freshman

Niles, MI

Kiya Hammond

Freshman

Grand Haven, MI

Kyle Emerson

Freshman

Saline, MI

Margaret Jastifer

Freshman

Grandville, MI

Olivia Iafrate

Freshman

Livonia, MI

Reilly Forbes

Freshman

Shawnee, KS

Sam Sommerdyke

Freshman

Grand Rapids, MI

Zoe Kalleward

Freshman

Portage, MI

Anthony Vrooman

Sophomore

Ada, MI

Carlos Fabbro

Sophomore

Hudsonville, MI

Dzemal Mesinovic

Sophomore

Grand Rapids, MI

Grace Garrison

Sophomore

Fort Wayne, IN

Isabel Albaitis

Sophomore

East Grand Rapids, MI

Jackson Groessl

Sophomore

Whitehall, MI

Josie Heintz

Sophomore

Leslie, MI

Kendra Pollick

Sophomore

Macomb, MI

Lillian Pearce

Sophomore

Greenville, IN

Maddie Gilbert

Sophomore

Rochester Hills, MI

Maria Rodriguez

Sophomore

Muskegon, MI

Megan Loffer

Sophomore

Wolverine, MI

Simon Scheer

Sophomore

Grand Rapids, MI

Trey Zichterman

Sophomore

Hudsonville, MI

Veronica Matthews

Sophomore

Midland, MI

Wyatt Melvin

Sophomore

Boyne City, MI

Andrew Cavrell

Junior

Grosse Ile, MI

Anna Foster

Junior

Brighton, MI

Edward Pfannes

Junior

Saline, MI

Emili Barth

Junior

Manteno, IL

Emmy Dyer

Junior

Eaton Rapids, MI

Hailey Engvall

Junior

Grand Rapids, MI

Hannah Shorkey

Junior

Essexville, MI

Jake Stone

Junior

Grand Rapids , MI

Jaydon Dingman

Junior

Bay City, MI

Leo Horvath

Junior

Indianapolis, IN

Rebecca Kelley

Junior

Charlton, NY

Stephanie Bruck

Junior

Essexville, MI

Will Van Houten

Junior

Bloomfield Hills, MI

Erin Vielbig

Senior

Fowlerville, MI

McKenzie Sandel

Senior

Grosse Ile, MI

Melissa Frank

Senior

Oswego, IL

Noah Lasky

Senior

Midland, MI

2019-2020

Athlete Name

Class

Hometown

Anthony Vrooman

Freshman

Ada, MI

Carlos Fabbro

Freshman

Hudsonville, MI

Grace Garrison

Freshman

Fort Wayne, IN

Isabel Albaitis

Freshman

East Grand Rapids, MI

Jackson Groessl

Freshman

Whitehall, MI

Jessica Kurtycz

Freshman

Grand Rapids, MI

Josie Heintz

Freshman

Leslie, MI

Katie Petty

Freshman

Ortonville, MI

Kendra Pollick

Freshman

Macomb, MI

Lillian Pearce

Freshman

Greenville, IN

Maddie Gilbert

Freshman

Rochester Hills, MI

Megan Loffer

Freshman

Wolverine, MI

Simon Scheer

Freshman

Grand Rapids, MI

Veronica Matthews

Freshman

Midland, MI

Wyatt Melvin

Freshman

Boyne City, MI

Zack Morauske

Freshman

St. Joseph, MI

Andrew Cavrell

Sophomore

Grosse Ile, MI

Anna Foster

Sophomore

Brighton, MI

Ben Christensen

Sophomore

Barrington, IL

Eddie Pfannes

Sophomore

Saline, MI

Emili Barth

Sophomore

Manteno, IL

Emmy Dyer

Sophomore

Eaton Rapids, MI

Frank Oldani

Sophomore

Macomb, MI

Griffin Skinner

Sophomore

Chelsea, MI

Hailey Engvall

Sophomore

Grand Rapids, MI

Hannah Shorkey

Sophomore

Essexville, MI

Jake Stone

Sophomore

Grand Rapids, MI

Leo Horvath

Sophomore

Indianapolis, IN

Morgan Ross

Sophomore

Ortonville, MI

Rebecca Kelley

Sophomore

Charlton, NY

Stephanie Bruck

Sophomore

Essexville, MI

Adam Kolakowski

Junior

Wyandotte, MI

Chris Markules

Junior

Belmont, MI

Erin Vielbig

Junior

Fowlerville, MI

Makenzie Stafford

Junior

Birch Run, MI

McKenzie Sandel

Junior

Grosse Ile, MI

Miles Hagmeyer

Junior

Lowell, MI

Noah Lasky

Junior

Midland, MI

Trevor Staby

Junior

Brighton, MI

Audrey Boerson

Senior

Grand Haven, MI

Jacob Spiess

Senior

Whitehouse, OH

Melissa Frank

Senior

Oswego, IL



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