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.
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.
Nicolai Otte – Novice 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…
Megan Ledoux – Girls Varsity Coach
Megan changes hats this fall, beginning her position as BIR’s Girls Varsity coach having previously taught the weekend Learn to Row Intensives and the four-week Learn to Row Masters Programs. She has also coached Beginners Masters Sculling, Novice Masters Sculling, and Masters Novice Sweep Programs.
A second-generation rower, Megan began rowing at Los Gatos Rowing Club in the Bay Area when she was 15, racing in both their Lightweight and Open Weight programs. After racing up and down the west coast for two years, she moved on to coxing Men’s Lightweight and Open Weight programs at the Division I level at Oregon State University. This move to coxing gave her another perspective of rowing in a very competitive conference – not to mention a complete education in dealing with men!
After a break from the sport while working in marketing at Eddie Bauer, as a Labor and Birth Educator/Labor Coach at Evergreen Hospital, and as an Executive Trainer living overseas and raising a family, Megan returned to rowing and coxing with the BIR Masters. She has enjoyed reacquainting herself with the sport, competing in the Masters program and medaling with them at the Regional level.
One of Megan’s daughters made her family one of three-generation of rowers by joining BIR at the junior level and racing at Nationals twice. She went on to be recruited by and rowed Division I in college. This gives Megan an unusual perspective in the sport as she is not only a rower, a coxswain, a competing Masters athlete, and a coach, but also the parent of a Junior rower who successfully underwent the college recruitment process and emerged as a D1 athlete with a scholarship.
Megan and her husband have lived on Bainbridge Island for over 15 years and raised three children in this unique community. Her oldest ‘kids’ are in college and planning to enter graduate school. Her youngest is a Junior at BHS and runs Cross Country. While raising her kids and working, Megan has worn many volunteer hats including PTO President, Mothers to Mothers Board Member, and Girl Scout Leader, and currently serves as a member of BHS’s Cross Country Board.
Megan is looking forward to using all of her experience in rowing in addition to all her previous working experience to help further all the student athletes with whom she works.
Olivia Gangmark Strickland – Varsity Girls Assistant Coach
Olivia Gangmark Strickland is a graduate of both the BIR Juniors program and Western Washington University. At college, she studied toxicology and chemistry in preparation for dental school. She received her Bachelor of Science from the Huxley College of the Environment in 2017.
Olivia rowed for two years at Western Washington University, where her boats brought home national honors in both 2013 and 2014. In 2014, Olivia’s four earned a Division II National Championship title.
Olivia has coached for BIR for five summer seasons. She has had the privilege of working with BIR’s Learn to Row groups, the Masters, and both Novice and Varsity girls. While her love of rowing is intense, Olivia finds teaching and coaching to be even more rewarding. She is grateful to the BIR community for helping her to achieve her goals. Olivia likes that, among the many life lessons that rowing offers, rowing teaches the qualities of selfless teamwork, technical precision, and perseverance.
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”.