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.
Sarah Wetzel – Coach
Sarah joined North Allegheny High School’s rowing team in 2010 and returned to the sport in college to continue coxing for Virginia Tech’s club crew team. She coxed both the men’s varsity 8 and the women’s novice four. After college, Sarah returned to Pittsburgh and became involved as a volunteer with the adaptive team at Three Rivers Rowing Association. Over the next year, Sarah coached First Row, an all-female high school team for Pittsburgh Public and charter students, and is rowing with the corporate program in 2019.
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.
Sadie Kalathunkal – Coach
An alumna of Upper St. Clair High School, Sadie came back to Pittsburgh after 8 years in West Virginia. Sadie spent 3 years rowing on the NCAA Division I Women’s Rowing Team at West Virginia University. During her time at WVU, she raced in Big 12s with the 1 V8 or 2 V8 all three years. Upon completing her degree at WVU she went to the University of Charleston to coach the NCAA Division II Women’s Rowing team while also completing her MBA. At UC she coached the 1 V4 to a first place finish, 2 V4 to a second place finish and 2- to a first place finish at Secret City Head Race, as well as coaching the 2 V4 to a first place finish at the John Hunter Regatta. Sadie obtained a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from West Virginia University in ‘16 and a Master of Business Administration from University of Charleston ‘17.