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Bainbridge Rowing Coach Bruce Beall

Bruce Beall – Director of Rowing & Varsity Boys Coach

Bruce has had a storied rowing career both as a competitor and as a coach.  He rowed for the University of Washington from 1970-73, where he won a silver medal in the Pan American Games in the Men’s 8+ and earned a place in the UW Athletic Hall of Fame. Among his many competitive achievements are appearances at the following:

  • European Championships, Moscow 1973 Pair w/coxswain
  • World Rowing Championships, Lucerne 1974 Four w/o coxswain
  • Pan American Games, San Juan 1979 Bronze Medal Quadruple Sculls
  • World Rowing Championships, 1983 Sculling Team
  • Olympic Games, 1984 Quadruple Sculls

Bruce’s coaching career began in 1974 at Boston University. In the 1980s he moved on to Harvard University to work with the Varsity Lightweight Men’s crew, followed by a stint as Program Director and Varsity Men’s coach at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

A subsequent move to the west coast resulted in a coaching position at the University of California at Berkeley from 1988-92 and then as Executive Director/Director of Rowing for the first 12 years of the Pocock Foundation’s existence. Bruce coached both the US Lightweight Men’s Four at the 1983 World Rowing Championships and the Heavyweight Men’s Quad at the 1987 World Rowing Championships.

Bruce was one of the co-founders of the CRASH-B World Indoor Rowing Championships, authored the Athletes Column in the national rowing magazine for 4 years, served 2 terms on the USRowing Board of Directors, and was a member of the USRowing High Performance Committee for the 4 years leading up to the Athens Olympics.

As a coach for the BIR Varsity Boys, Bruce has taken his boys in the BIR boat to Nationals almost every year over the past decade, highlights have included the Lightweight 4+ earning a silver medal in 2013, and the Heavyweight 4+ finishing 8th in the nation in 2014. He currently organizes a college recruiting fair every summer bringing 30+ college coaches from around the country in July first to Seattle and then to Oakland.


Bainbridge Rowing Coach Tim Goss

Tim Goss – Head Coach & Novice Boys Coach

Tim joined BIR as the Juniors Novice coach and as a sculler in 2008. As the program has grown, he has continued to lead the Novice Boys and has taken on head coaching responsibilities for the Juniors program. He also rows regularly with the Masters men, including most recently in the 4+ BIR sent to Head of the Charles Regatta.

Growing up, Tim’s main sport was nordic ski racing. On a whim, he first tried rowing in high school at Andover. He continued skiing and rowing at Williams College where his Lightweight 4+ was second at the Dad Vail Regatta, the division III championships at the time. After graduation, Tim coached crew at Lakeside Academy in Seattle, which included his first trip to the Brentwood Regatta in B.C.

Work and small kids intervened, and apart from rowing a single in circles on Green Lake, he did little rowing until his oldest child joined the fledgling BIR club as a high school rower. Tim reconnected with the sport at BIR and has been hooked ever since, enjoying the coaching, the rowing, and the wonderful community of like-minded folks.


Bainbridge Rowing Coach Nikolai Otte

Nicolai Otte – Varsity Girls Coach & Head Masters Coach

Nicolai took his first stroke at South Eugene Rowing Club’s summer camp. The rush of his first race at the Frostbite Regatta (in 25 degree weather!) awoke something inside of him. His first 2K test boosted his confidence and willingness to endure pain, and a developing identity as a 7 seat sealed the deal.

Nico competed primarily as a Lightweight in high school but was drawn both to the DIII crew program and the generous dining hall of Lewis and Clark College. Morning practice on Portland’s Willamette River and 10K Erg breaks during all-nighters in the library got him across the graduation finish line with a degree in German Studies in 2009. Nico parlayed the byproducts of college rowing – a strong back and a flexible sleep schedule – into a five-year career as an artisanal bread baker, concurrent with coaching the novice crews for SERC/OAR in Eugene, OR.

Over 12 years of competing and coaching Nic has rowed and worked under more than 30 coaches and has raced throughout the west coast in every boat class. Though he can recall almost every race, victories at Brentwood, the San Diego Crew Classic, NW Junior Regionals, NW Conference Championships, and WIRA stand out, fueling his passion for the sport and for sharing that passion with athletes of all kinds.

Nicolai is thrilled to be living on stunning Bainbridge Island and continuing his professional development alongside a team of fellow committed and knowledgeable coaches…


Justeen Komok – Novice Girls Coach

Justeen is a Bainbridge Island junior alumni rower. Her exceptional ability as a stroke helped send the first BIR women’s open weight 8+ to US Junior Nationals. Justeen was also selected to be one of three varsity girl captains for the 2014-15 school year. After graduating from BHS in 2015, she was recruited to continue her rowing career at Dartmouth College, where she also went on to study anthropology. We are very excited to have this exceptional young woman back in the BIR boatyard and at the helm of our 2019/2020 novice girls team!


Chelsea Vessenes – Assistant Varsity Girls Coach

Chelsea is a competitive rower with not only a passion for the sport but, through her own experience and that of her children, a solid compassion for and understanding of the unique challenges of student athletes. Her talent for rowing was born on the Stanford University crew team and has continued into her daily life on Bainbridge Island where, in addition to participating at nationally competitive regattas such as US Masters Nationals, Opening Day/Windermere Cup, Head of the Lake, and Head of the Charles, you will often see her out on Eagle Harbor practicing with our BIR masters rowers.


Scott Adcock – Assistant Varsity Boys Coach

Scott has extensive experience coaching youth. He was a head coach at the Hilton Head Island Crew Team and is a former novice coach at the W.T. Woodson Crew Team, Fairfax High School Crew Team, and Saint Ignatius Prep School Crew Team. Scott will be assisting both Bruce and Tim over the 2019/2019 school year. We’re thrilled to have him joining out BIR junior team coaching staff.


Bainbridge Rowing Coaches Tom Cole

Tom Coble – Assistant Masters Coach

Tom and his wife Linda have been an active part of the Bainbridge community for more than 20 years. Prior to that, Tom was a partner in a Behavioral Consulting firm headquartered in Los Angeles until his retirement in 2009. Tom has a B.A. from California State University in Communications and a Masters in Human Resources and Organizational Development from San Francisco University.

Tom came to rowing indirectly through his son who rowed in high school and at university. He came directly to the sport after retirement and soon moved from sweep boats to sculling, where you will find him when out on the water today.

Tom was President of the Bainbridge Island Rowing Board from 2010 to 2013. He currently serves on the Board as the liaison with the City of Bainbridge Island for the new Stan Pocock Legacy Rowing Center.

When not on the water or in the boatyard, Tom can be found chasing fish with a fly rod, singing with the Bainbridge Chorale, making a mess (and good food) in the kitchen, and trying to keep the forest at bay from the house.

Helping Bainbridge Island Rowing continue to grow and succeed is his passion.


“A coach is someone who always makes you do what you don’t want to do, so you can be who you’ve always wanted to be”.

Leeman Bennett

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