Coaches

 

Justin Ochaljo
Mercer Rowing Program Director, Varsity Boys Head Coach

Coach Ochal started his rowing career as a junior rower at Philadelphia’s Roman Catholic High School.   In 2005, he represented the United States at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Brandenburg, Germany as a member the Men’s Double Sculls.  He continued his rowing career at Northeastern University.  His coaching experience includes Northeastern University and Roman Catholic High School.  Coach Ochal was recently promoted to Rowing Program Director and will oversee all the Mercer masters and junior rowing programs in addition to being the Head Boys Varsity Coach. Prior to coming to Mercer, Justin worked with Shimano Rowing Dynamics.

matt-carlsenMatt Carlsen
Varsity Girls Head Coach and Masters Coach

Matthew Carlsen joins the Mercer Rowing Program coaching staff after coaching at Saint Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio.  Coach Carlsen started the rowing program at Saint Edward in 2012. Since then, the program has grown to over 70 athletes and enjoyed increasing levels of success.  In 2015 the Saint Edward Men’s Junior 8+ placed 1st at the Scholastic National Championships (SRAAs) and in 2016, the Saint Edward Men’s Varsity 8+ placed 3rd at SRAAs.

Coach Carlsen began his rowing career in high school as a coxswain.  He continued his rowing career at Miami University of Ohio where served as team captain for three years.   He graduated in 2012 with a degree in Marketing and Decision Sciences from the Farmer School of Business.

Anna Kalfaian
Novice Coordinator and Head Novice Girls Coach

Anna Kalfaian attended Princeton University where she was a member of the rowing team for four years. Anna competed for Princeton at the NCAA championship, won multiple Ivy League medals and place second at the Henley Regatta in the U.K.. Anna began her rowing career at the Blair Academy in Blair, New Jersey where she won a bronze medal in the W4+ at the USRowing Youth National Championship. Prior to taking the position of Novice Coordinator and Head Novice Girls Coach, Anna served as the Assistant Varsity Girls Coach for the Mercer Program. Anna has also worked America’s Grow a Row, a non-profit organization dedicated to combating food insecurity.

Jamie Hamp
Outreach Inclusion Coordinator and Novice Boys Coach

Jamie Hamp is a 2015 graduate of Princeton University where he was a 4 year member of the Heavyweight Men’s Rowing Team and team captain his senior year. Prior to his current position at Mercer, Jamie assisted Head Varsity Boys coach Justin Ochal with the Mercer Junior Boys program. Jamie was a member of the Under 23 men’s 8 two years in a row, earning a silver medal in 2013 and bronze in 2014.

Susan Voorhees
Novice & 8th Grade Girls Assistant Coach

Hilary Gehman
PNRA Events Manager and 8th Grade Girls Coach

Al Kleindienst
Novice & 8th Grade Boys Assistant Coach