meet our coaches
head coach reza
Coach Reza has been a part of ROCCS for over a decade, ever since his oldest daughter joined the ROCCS Summer Camp in 2010. Many rowing seasons later, Reza’s daughter has now graduated from college on a rowing scholarship, and Reza continues to coach at ROCCS.
When not coaching or rowing, Reza can be found cycling around Inverness, or cooking up South Asian classics like fish head curry and lamb briyani.
“When students join ROCCS, they are being challenged in ways they have probably never been challenged before. Even though they start with no rowing experience, and sometimes with no prior athletic experience at all, they are able to learn, grow, and excel. Being a part of each new rower’s transformation from novice to expert is what drives me to continue coaching, because when students are successful in their boat, you know they’re reaping all the rewards that this team and this sport have to offer.”
“I’m proud to say that in the past few years, ROCCS has become increasingly competitive, earning Gold medals in the Freshman Men’s Double at States, and more recently earning Bronze in the Men’s Double at Regionals, simultaneously qualifying the team for Nationals. ROCCS has also ranked among the Top 10 in the coxed Men’s Four at the Head of the Hooch Regatta in Tennessee.”
“My coaching philosophy is grounded in encouraging, supporting, and never giving up on our rowers. Crew is very technical, and I’ve learned that novice rowers will pick up various skills at different paces. Similarly, time and time again, I’ve seen that one set of instructions does not always work for everyone in the boat. It just takes some patient and creative coaching to help all rowers understand a drill. When it clicks for all rowers, the boat moves faster, and that’s success!”
Asst. coach chad
Chad has been involved with ROCCS since 2016, when his son, Jackson, was invited to attend a rowing interest meeting. Both Jackson and Chad were immediately hooked! A few weeks later, Chad competed in his first Regatta. One year after that, he obtained his Coaching Certification and started helping Reza coach ROCCS.
When not on the water, Chad can be found cooking up a delicious meal, cycling around town, SCUBA diving, or fishing.
“I love teaching new people to row! I remember the feeling of being totally uncomfortable in the boat and struggling to get it right. Rowing requires intense concentration and patience, and no matter how good you get, there is always more to learn and improve upon. I love guiding other people through the process and seeing their confidence and speed build. ROCCS is a family of extremely dedicated and incredible people, and I love being a part of this team.”
“A few weeks after Jackson and I attended the ROCCs interest meeting, Coach Reza asked me if I would like to row in the Head of the Hooch Regatta in Tennessee, the largest regatta in the Southeast. I spent two weeks learning how to row before entering the competition, where my rowing partner and I successfully accomplished our two goals of A) not flipping the boat and B) not coming in last. Since then, I’ve gone on to compete in every regatta opportunity I can find, and have even medaled in a few!”
“In the beginning, rowing requires a ton of patience. Very few people ‘get it’ on the first try. I tell people to give themselves permission to be uncomfortable and to make mistakes. Everyone was a beginner at some point, so just because you may be the only beginner in the boat, we all know what you are going through. Aside from patience, my coaching philosophy revolves around helping people understand ‘why’ we do the drills we do, and how each element of the rowing stroke makes the boat go faster, or not. Rowing is as much mental as it is physical.”
Asst. Coach bobby
Coach Bobby has been rowing for about 21 years, and has been with ROCCS on and off for about 5 of them.
When not coaching, Bobby can be found hanging out with his wife and dog, or working in public affairs to improve local election processes.
“I love coaching rowing because of the way the sport can become a lifelong mission. The kids are also a big part of it, and seeing the way they grow through rowing makes it all worth it.”
“Rowing-wise, I was Southeast Regional Champion for Men’s Varsity 4 in 2006 and 2007; Florida State Champion for Men’s Varsity 4 in 2006 & 2007; and State Champion for Men’s Junior Varsity 4 in 2006.”
“To focus as much on the mental aspect of rowing as the physical training.”
Asst. coach juan
Coach Juan also started out as a “Crew Parent,” and was inspired to become more involved when he saw how dedicated and family-oriented ROCCS was. He loves how coaching gives him the opportunity to inspire and motivate people to be successful, not only in sports, but in life.
When not coaching rowers, Juan can be found teaching Krav Maga, defensive tactics, and CrossFit to law enforcement officers and civilians alike.
“One of the greatest honors is being a role model. Coaching affords me the opportunity to inspire and motivate people to be successful, not only in sports but, in life.”
I am proud to have served my community for 17 years as a law enforcement officer at the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO).
“Stay motivated, always give your 100%, and remember that EVERYONE adds value to the team. ‘Anything that can be done to improve the individual character of your athletes and your team gives you a better chance for success.’”