Mile High Rowing Club Coaches

 Our Head Coach and one of the club founders, Grace Malacrida,  has a group of talented coaches with extensive experience working with youth rowers.

  • Assistant Head Coaches: Anne Strobridge & Liz Moore
  • Coaches: Rachel Baumgartner, Liz Hart, Lisa Dirth, Rachel Junge , Jeremy Bernstein, Clarissa Hand, Virginia Dodenhoff, &  Cass Bruins
  • Summer Coaches: Brook Mcintyre, Piper Robinson and Etta Carpendar
  • Substitute Coaches: Anthony Malacrida; Bob Malacrida and Aubrey Shinofield
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Grace Malacrida, Head Coach

Leadership Experiences and Credentials

  • USRowing Level III Certified Coach
  • Masters in Sports Management/Coaching Theory
  • USAF Officer 85-92, Section Commander, ATC Admin Officer of the Year 89, Squadron Officer School Grad
  • President of a Non Profit Organization in California, 93-95
  • Chairman of a Food Bank 98-99
  • 2011 Sportswomen of Colorado, Pioneer Award for her work founding 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 - US Air Force Officer, member USAFE Track Team
  • 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 12 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 -  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
  • 2019-   Qualified Junior Men's Pair (finished 22nd); Junior Wmn's Lwt 8+ (finished 19th), both boats won Bronze Medals at Central Youths
  • 2020 -Qualified 7 boats for the Virtual USRowing Youth Nationals
  • Coach Malacrida is still a competitive rower with 8 Head of the Charles Medals (5 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze); 12 Gold San Diego Crew Classic Medals (three of those were 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+ (twice) at the HOCR along with Coach Anne Strobridge.
Coach Anne wins 2016 World Indoor Rowing Championships

Anne Strobridge, Assistant Head Coach

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 & 2019 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.


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Liz Moore, Assistant Head Coach

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.

Rachel Baumgartner

Rachel Baumgartner

Rachel is a Level II US Rowing Certified Coach and an Institute for Rowing Leadership Alumnus. While 2020 will be her first season with Mile High, Rachel has been coaching rowing at many different levels since 2011. She has been a collegiate coach for Franklin and Marshall College as well as spending 6 years as the Assistant Coach at Tufts University. She was the Head Coach for Bay View Academy in Riverside, RI from 2013-2014. She has coached almost every program offered by Community Rowing, Inc. from Novice Boys, to Competitive Adult teams.
She rowed in college for Gonzaga University, where she was a captain her senior year. She went on to row in Philadelphia for Penn AC. While in Boston, Rachel raced with the Riverside Women's Sweeps program. Rachel loves the challenges of rowing and the fulfillment a hard practice or piece brings. She believes that everyday can truly be a great day for rowing (even if we don't make it on the water).  She loves teaching the sport of rowing to youth, and seeing how they navigate the intricacies of the sport.
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Lisa Dirth

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.


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Liz Hart

Liz Hart is a Level II US Rowing Certified Coach.  She has been on the Mile High Staff since 2015, and recently stepped into the role of Head Coach for the University of Denver Club Rowing Team in January 2020.
She is a former Mile High Rower herself, team captain her senior year at MHRC.  she rowed with the team from 2011 to 2014.  she was recruited by the University of Tulsa's NCAA Varsity Division 1 Team, where she rowed the year of 2014-2015 before transferring back to her beloved home state of Colorado.
Liz found a new joy in the sports as a coach after transitioning away from life as a student athlete.  She enjoys working with both novice and varsity athletes -she is a firmer believer that there is always more to learn no matter how long you have been rowing.
Coach Rachel Junge

Rachel Junge

Rachel Junge has been with Mile High since her freshman year in high school and now as a sophomore in college, she hasn’t left the team. She rowed all through high school and was voted as one of the captains her senior year. She joined the coaching staff in summer of 2019, the summer after she graduated high school.

Rachel fell in love with rowing within the first week of being in a boat. From the start, she has been determined to do anything and everything to help make her team succeed both in the boat and on land. Now as a coach, she is able to encourage and grow that same passion and drive into the next generation  of Mile High rowers.

Coach Clarissa

Clarissa Hand

Started coaching rowing in the Fall of 2020 for Mile High Rowing Club. In 2014, Clarissa started her rowing career as a sophomore in high school at the Tempe Town Lake Rowing team (TTLR). From there she qualified for youth nationals in the women’s open single in 2016. Additionally in high school, she won the Arizona indoor rowing youth championships women’s open her junior and senior year. In 2015, the summer going into her high school senior year, she was also invited to the US National Team’s sculling development camp.

She was recruited for the Women’s Division 1 rowing team for Bucknell University in Lewisburg Pennsylvania. She was the fastest women on the team, making into the varsity eight her freshman year and for her entire time on the team. She has competed at the Head of the Charles, Dad Vails, and Patriot League Championships.

She graduated in 2020 from Bucknell with a B.S. in neuroscience and a background in performance psychology. She is a certified personal trainer and EMT. Her philosophy is to focus on the mental side of athleticism. She believes rowing is an exciting opportunity to challenge our limits and have fun!

Coach Virginia

Virginia Dodenhoff

Virginia started rowing her freshman year of boarding school at The Fredrick Gunn School (formerly known as The Gunnery). She was in the 1V4, competed at NEIRAs and at The Head of The Charles. She was then recruited to row for The University of Alabama's NCAA Varsity Division 1 Team. During her four years at Bama she was on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and served as the Director of Community Outreach. Virginia primarily stroked fours and can row both port and starboard.
Virginia recently moved to Colorado from New York City. She has a passion for instilling confidence, mental toughness, and grit in kids. She can't wait to inspire the next generation of rowers at Mile High!
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Anthony Malacrida

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.  He also coaches an Indoor Rowing program at the Colorado Athletic Club Monaco.

Coach Aubrey

Aubrey Shinofield

Aubrey Shinofield joined the Mile High Coaching Staff during the summer of 2020 following a recent move to the Denver area. She is a Level II certified coach and has previously coached at the junior, collegiate, and masters level.

Aubrey was introduced to the sport as a sophomore at St. Mark's School in Boston MA when the rowing coach spotted her on the soccer field and asked her to join the team on their upcoming spring training trip to Florida. From there, a lifelong love of the sport was born.  Aubrey went on to row at Princeton University where she captained the 1993 national championship crew. Upon graduation, Aubrey launched her collegiate coaching career with stops at Princeton, the University of New Hampshire, Harvard University, and the University of Minnesota.  Most recently, Aubrey served as the athletic director and varsity girls' rowing coach at Norfolk Academy in Norfolk VA.

Aubrey firmly believes that the sport of rowing and the coaches that have supported her along the way are the foundation for her success in all aspects of her life.  She has learned over time that the structure, athleticism, determination, patience, inner strength, and commitment inherent to the sport of rowing will positively affect everything that you do and believe that you can do. Aubrey is thrilled to be a part of the Mile High Rowing Club.

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Cass Bruins

Cass  is a US Rowing Level 1 certified coach. She has been on staff with Mile High since fall of 2018.  Cass started her rowing career at Grand Valley State University, under John Bancheri in 2015.

As a walk on to the novice team with zero rowing experience, Cass moved up the ladder to become varsity team captain by her second year, and continued that leadership into her third, and final year at GVSU. Cass has competed in many national events, has Dadvail ad ACRA medals, has trained in Greece and England, and competed in both the Henley Women's Regatta (2016), and the Henley Royal Regatta (2018).
Cass has always been a high intensity athlete, and is dedicated to giving all she's got to her athletes. She believes that the discipline she has learned from rowing has carried on in her everyday life. She carries her determination and "refuse to lose" attitude into her coaching and loves to see her athletes grow and succeed.