SoCal Scullers to merge with Newport Sea Base Rowing
5/25/17 - Huntington Beach, Ca.
The Southern California Scullers Club, a high-performance rowing team currently based in Huntington Harbour, announces plans to merge with Newport Sea Base Rowing.
The team plans to undergo the transition in a way that will “provide minimal disruption in the training of our members as they prepare for youth nationals, U23 trials and senior trials,” Ian Simpson, one of the founding coaches of the SoCal Scullers explained.
SoCal Scullers and NSB Rowing will merge many club operations, bringing together equipment, athletes, and coaching staff, Simpson said. The SoCal Scullers will be migrating from its home Huntington Harbour, where it has been based since its founding in 2013, to NSB Rowing’s location, a boathouse in Newport Harbor, about 13 miles south.
Dan McGill, SoCal Scullers’ other founding coach, will take on the role of Men’s Varsity Head Coach for NSB Rowing, as current coach James Long-Lerno steps down to pursue other career goals. Simpson will become Managing Director as well as coach, under the current rowing director Michelle Green.
Simpson, who served as Head Coach of the women’s team at Cal State University Long Beach for the last three years, will step down from this position.
Both McGill and Simpson are excited to work in tandem with NSB Rowing. “We are looking forward to helping to build and develop the already-successful youth and masters' programs at Newport Sea Base, McGill said.
In merging rowing operations with NSB Rowing, the SoCal Scullers will gain a more permanent home for its members as well as the ability to grow and develop its activities as a USRowing High Performance Partner Club, Simpson said.
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The boathouse used by Newport Sea Base Rowing in Newport Harbor, Ca.
NSB Rowing's boathouse pictured at left.
SoCal Scullers Scott Cato and Will Young training in Huntington Harbour
SoCal Scullers Jill McGill and Sophia Denison-Johnson
training in Huntington Harbour