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Mile High Rowing Club Coaches

Under the leadership of Head Coach Grace Malacrida, Mile High Rowing Club has a group of talented coaches with extensive experience working with youth rowers.

  • Assistant Head Coaches: Anne Strobridge, Liz Moore
  • Lead Learn to Row Coach:  Lisa Dirth
  • Coaches:  DM Schwappach, Ryan Passas, Liz Hart, Cass Bruins

Grace Malacrida, Head Coach

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Credentials and Background

  • US Rowing Level III Certified Coach
  • Masters in Sports Management/Coaching Theory
    2011 Sportswomen of Colorado, Pioneer Award for her work with MHRC
  • Has won 2 Junior National Titles as MHRC coach
  • Considers herself lucky to coach the amazing rowers of Mile High!

Career Highlights

  • 1981 - started rowing at Rutgers University.  Earned Varsity Letter as a Sophomore. Competed for 2 different Development Teams
  • 1985 to 1992 - served as an Air Force Officer
  • 1994-1997 Coached High School Track and Field
  • 2003 - member of US Indoor Rowing Team
  • 2004 - member of US Indoor Dev Team, set world record for Indoor 10k.
  • 2007 - Head Coach of Colorado Junior Crew in Boulder
  • 2007/2008 - coached the Intermediate Adult Program at RMRC
  • 2008 - Spring, Started the Rocky Mountain Junior Crew with just 3 rowers: Maddie Lips, Anthony Malacrida (her son), and Cole Capsalis. RMJC medaled at Central Youths.  Summer and Fall ran Learn to Rows and grew the RMJC to a team of 15
  • 2009 - in February along with a handful of parents and Kati O'Hara, created the Mile High Rowing Club for Junior Rowers.

Mile High has had an amazing 10 years of qualifying out of our district for Youth Nationals!

  • 2009 - qualified Junior Women's 8+ at Youth Nationals. Our first appearance at YN!
  • 2010 - Mile High Rower, Maddie Lips, won Gold Women's 1x at Youth Nationals.  Qualified a Jnr Wmn’s 4+ & 8+ as well!
  • 2011 - Mile High Rowers, Kendall Chase and Alana Bobka, won Bronze in the Women's Pair at Youth Nationals. Our Junior Women’s 4+ finished 12th!
  • 2012 - Kendall Chase and Alana Bobka, won Gold Women's  Pair at 2012 YN! MHRC Junior Women’s 4+ finished 6th; Junior Women’s 1x of Kayla Wiggin finished 13th; Our Jr Wmn’s quad finished 26th!
  • 2013 - Mile High qualified a Junior Men's 8 for YN finished 18th & Jr Wmn’s Pair finished 10th
  • 2014 - Qualified 3 boats for YN, Jnr Wmn’s 4+ finished 12th, Jnr Lwt Men’s 4 finished 17th, & Jnr Wmn’s 8 finished 24th
  • 2015 - Qualified 3 boats for YN, the Jnr Men’s Lwt 8; the Jnr Wmn’s Lwt 8+ and the Jnr Wmn’s (Jade Thornton/Jessie Dobler) pair which won the B final!
  • 2016 - Qualified the Junior Men’s Lwt 2x of Matt LaRouche and Greg Cain.  They finished 13th in the country with the 5th fastest time!
  • 2017 - Qualified Junior Men's 1x (finished 4th), Junior Men's Quad(finished 16th) and Junior Women's Lwt 8 (finished 24th)
  • 2018 - Qualified Junior Men's Quad & the Freshmen Men's Quad won Silver at Central Youths

Coach Malacrida is still a competitive rower with 7 Head of the Charles Medals (4 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze); 11 Gold San Diego Crew Classic Medals (one of those was won with Coach Anne); over 37 Master Nationals Medals; 7  Master World Medals. Held Course record at Head of the Charles in Senior Master Women’s 8+ 2016. Won the 60+ Women's 8+ at the HOCR along with Coach Anne Strobridge.

Anne Strobridge, Assistant Head Coach

Coach Anne wins 2016 World Indoor Rowing Championships

Anne Strobridge, a US Rowing Level II certified coach, has been on the Mile High Coaching staff since 2010.  She was the  head coach of the Rocky Mountain Rowing Club’s  Novice Program and coordinated their Learn-to-Row program for two years.

Coach Anne won the World Indoor Rowing Competition in 2016. She competes at local, national and international regattas: has gold medals from the San Diego Crew Classic (just won another in 2018), Master’s Nationals with gold, silver and bronze in both sweep and sculling events; two golds from the World Masters Regatta, 2015, and three Golds at the 2017 World Masters Regatta. Won Gold at the 2018 Head of the Charles Regatta in the 60+ Women's 8+.
Her experience as a competitor guides her coaching practice with Mile High athletes as they develop the skills they need to excel in this demanding sport.
 She also draws on her experience of over 30 years as a high school English teacher: she knows teenagers and loves showing them how to  build the confidence they need to extend the boundaries of what they think is possible.


Liz Moore, Assistant Head Coach

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Liz Moore is a US Rowing Level II certified coach.  She has been on staff with Mile High since 2012.   She is a former head coach for Portland State University.  Coach Liz was a college recruited rower at Gonzaga University.  While in college, Coach Liz won the Seattle Indoor Rowing Championships.

Liz started her rowing career under Harry and Lynn Graves during her four years at Cincinnati Country Day School and was then recruited to Gonzaga University by Glenn Putyrae and Melissa Flint. During her senior year in college she was nominated sole team captain. Winning the Seattle Indoor Rowing Championships and having the opportunity to be a part of a winning and successful team at Gonzaga continued to fuel Liz’s passion for the sport.  Liz has spent time at multiple US Rowing development camps across the United States and has had the opportunity to work with some of the best rowers and coaches in the rowing world.

Liz is passionate about inspiring others to fall in love with rowing. Exemplifying her philosophy she has said, “I thought winning a gold medal was the best feeling in the world. Until I began coaching and realized watching my rowers succeed is the best feeling in the world.” A realtor in Evergreen, Liz attributes much of her professional and personal success to values she learned at a young age on the water.

Lisa Dirth, Lead Learn to Row Coach

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Lisa Dirth is a US Rowing Level II coach who is committed to teaching kids to row the right way.  Former Head Coach for Colorado Junior Crew (CJC) team.  Former Head Coach for the Derryfield School in Manchester, NH.  Former Novice, Intermediate coach from Boulder Community Rowing.  Joined the Mile High coaching staff in the Spring of 2017.

She emphasizes safety, fundamentals and fun!  Coach Lisa grew up in Denver before there were any rowing programs in the state and certainly none for girls. She learned to row whitewater and always loved being on the water.

Coach Lisa brings 13 years of coaching experience to the Mile High program.   At Derryfield, she coached teams of up to 50 very successful high school rowers in the very competitive Northeast Interscholastic Rowing Association league. In addition to her head coaching responsibilities, Lisa was able to grow and stabilize Derryfield’s rowing program during her tenure.

When she moved to Colorado in 2010 she began coaching novices and intermediate rowers for the adult program for Boulder Community Rowing.    The CJC program began with 20 kids which grew under her guidance to 75 kids and became competitive in the Mountain States Region.  She is very proud that many of her rowers went on to row in college and after.  She is particularly proud that her son rowed at Oregon State.

Lisa loves coaching and especially loves introducing novices to rowing. She believes that through patience and dedication all things are possible. In her program all kids rowed every day (there are no bench sitters). Rowing is a great sport that teaches lifelong lessons in fitness and teamwork.  She is delighted to have the opportunity to work with the kids in the Mile High program.


Ryan Passas, Coach


Coach Ryan is a student at the University of Colorado.  She is a former Mile High Rowing who qualified for Youth Nationals in 2014.

Coach Ryan joined the Mile High Coaching Staff in the spring of 2018. She's excited to be back on the water and share her passion for the sport with others!

DawnMarie Schwappach, Coach

DawnMarie's coaching career began at the University of Notre Dame back in 1990 with assisting with the novice men’s program for the Notre Dame Rowing Club. Since then, DawnMarie has been excited to expand the sport of rowing in Colorado by creating one of the first three indoor rowing programs in the US at Colorado Athletic Club Monaco in 1996. Coaching track at a local high school led to a junior winter indoor rowing team starting in 2002 and a USRowing Level II Coaching Certificate. She also has certifications from Concept2 and has, most recently, attained her USRowing Assistant Referee Certificate becoming a part of the Southwest Referee Region. She is looking forward to the season and working with all the members of the team as they prepare for the fall races.

Anthony Malacrida, Lead Coach


Anthony is a Level II Certified US Rowing Coach. He has a B.S. from Colorado State University. Anthony began rowing in 2001 at the age of 11.  He has competed with Long Beach Rowing Association, Colorado Junior Crew, Rocky Mountain Rowing Club and of course with Mile High Rowing.  He began coaching in 2008 at Rocky Mountain and has been a member of the Mile High coaching staff since 2009.