Our Coaches

Driven by a Passion for Excellence

Capital Crew offers a talented and experienced coaching staff. All coaches have an extensive background in rowing and/or conditioning. They are all trained boating safety instructors with several certifications including CPR, First-Aid, Lifeguarding, and USRowing Level II Coaching. Our staff is driven by a passion for excellence, education and competition.

Capital Crew coaching staff value communication with athletes and families. Please remember these tips when contacting the coaching staff:

  • Each coach will let their squad know the best form of communication (in person, via email, telephone, etc.).
  • Let the coach know if you will be missing practice or event (see Attendance & Practice)
  • If an injury or illness will affect an athlete’s attendance or performance, the coach should be among the first to know.
  • Allow the coaching staff to coach during practice, races and other team events. Make an arrangement with the coach to speak after the event or at a later, mutually convenient time.
  • Athletes should speak directly and courteously with the coach if they are having difficulties in training or competition. Assuming responsibility for one’s own actions is an important part of maturing into an adult that will benefit the athlete.
  • If you need to contact a coach regarding clarification of matters such as training schedules, nutrition and health, and college recruiting, do so via the contact method designated and at a time that is mutually convenient, anticipating a timely response.
DeDe Birch

DeDe Birch

Rowing Program Manager

Rich Wendling

Rich Wendling

Girls Head Coach

Katie Haverluk

Katie Haverluk

Boys Head Coach

Brian Birch

Brian Birch

Girls Assistant Coach

Patricia Pinkerton

Patricia Pinkerton

Assistant Coach

Nathan Keel and Michael Brandt

Nathan Keel and Michael Brandt

Part-time Assistant Coaches

Capital Crew Boosters

Capital Crew Boosters

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Capital Crew is the Elite Junior Rowing Program at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center.

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Contact 💬

Capital Crew Boosters Club
PO Box 2031
Fair Oaks, CA 95628

[email protected]

The Boathouse 🚣

Sacramento State Aquatic Center
1901 Hazel Ave
Gold River, CA 95670

Our Mission 🤲

The Capital Crew Boosters Club supports our athletes and coaches, promoting excellence in a competitive rowing program that emphasizes the values of teamwork, sportsmanship, and respect in a way that extends beyond the boundaries of our club.

Ways to Support 

The Capital Crew Boosters, a 501(c) nonprofit organization, has earned the Candid-Guidestart Gold Seal of Transparency so our benefactors can confidently support our work with trust and confidence.