Florin Curuea – Head Coach
Improve technique and performance in both sculling and sweep rowing and build strength and endurance under the expertise of Coach Florin Curuea.
As a rower, he has earned over 50 medals at the national and international level including: Romanian National Championships – 21 Gold Medals, 2002-2003 – Gold Medal at World Championships, 2012 Olympic Games – 12th Place Finish and 2012-2013 – Silver Medal at European Championships.
As coach, his accomplishments include: 2016 – 5th Place World Championship U23 Men’s 8+, 2015 – Gold Medal World Championship U23 Men’s 4, 2014 – Bronze Medal at the World Championships Men’s 4-, Gold Medal at the U.S. Regional Championships, Bronze Medals at the U.S. National Championship.
McDarragh Minnock – Assistant Coach
McDarragh began her rowing career in 2013 at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, on the Lady Volunteer’s Novice Rowing team. She dedicated three more years to the Lady Volunteer’s on the varsity team and competed in many esteemed events such as Head of the Charles, San Diego Crew Classic, Conference USA and Big 12 Conference Championships. During her time at Tennessee, McDarragh achieved many academic and athletic goals, was awarded a spot on the All-Big 12 Rowing Team for both the 2015 and 2016 seasons, and conference honor roll all four years.
McDarragh graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology, and went on to complete her Master’s of Science in Kinesiology-concentration in Biomechanics.
Mihaela Curuea – Assistant Coach
Mihaela started rowing in 1994 and was part of Romanian Junior National Team from 1995 to 1998. She participated at the Junior World Championship in 1998 where she won Silver medal in Women’s 8+ and Bronze medal in Women’s 4-. From 1998 -2000 she was part of Under 23 National Rowing Team. During her rowing career Mihaela won multiple medals at national and international regattas. In 2002, she graduated from the University of Bacau where she obtained a bachelor’s of Sport Science degree.
James Garver – Assistant Coach
James started rowing as an adult when his children started rowing with their High School rowing team. He has been rowing with the Pittsburgh Rowing Club team for more than 10 years and enjoys the sport of rowing and being out with the team.
As a Level 2 coach. Coach Jim started coaching with the Hampton High School Rowing team by organizing and coaching summer learn to row camps and assisting the head coaches as needed when going to championship races. Now with additional training from USA Rowing and Coach Florin Curuea he has a strong understanding of training programs, building endurance and recognizing ways to improve rowing technique with rowers.
Madison Treser – Coach
Madison began rowing in 2008 with Coach Florin. She rowed for North Allegheny for her Freshman and Sophomore year and then finished out her high school career with Pittsburgh Rowing club coached by Coach Florin.
She was recruited to row for Indiana University. During her time at IU, she received three Big Ten Bronze Medals at her conference championships. Her sophomore year was the first time Indiana was invited to NCAA Championship regatta, and the team has continued to attend ever since. During her entire career on the team, she was in the 1st Varsity 8. She graduated with a degree in Secondary Education: Mathematics and a Computer Educators License.
Post college she lived in Sarasota, FL for two years. During this time, she was a member of Sarasota Crew’s Pre-Elite team. She competed at USRowing’s Fall Speed Order and National Selection Regatta. At these regattas, she raced against the most elite rowers in the country. Besides training full time, she was a Middle School Rowing Coach for Sarasota Crew.