VW Coaching Staff
Varsity Women's Coaching Staff
Women's Varsity Head Coach
Allison assumed the Head Women’s Coach position in the fall of 2014. Allison has experience at all levels of the sport of rowing in the USA and Canada, domestically and internationally, including the Olympic Games. In 2013, she was selected to coach the U23 National Lightweight Women’s 4x, which made it to the finals at the U23 World Championships in Italy. Allison moved to California after she finished working as an assistant coach for the Canadian National Team, where she coached five World Championships, eight World Cups and the Olympic Games in 2012. Previous to that, she coached and acted as the program director at Victoria City Rowing Club, assistant coach at University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University Rowing Club. Allison coached at the BC Summer Games, was Head Coach of the Canada Summer Games Team, and the PanAm Games in 2007. Recently, Allison contributed a chapter in "Real Women, Real Leaders" by Kathleen Hurley and Priscilla Shumway.
Allison's goal is to help young athletes balance the technical, physical, and mental dimensions of rowing while achieving their highest performance in both sport and personal life. Allison received her university degree at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby BC, and has her Canadian Level 4 coaching certificate.
Allison's crews at Strokes have earned a silver in the Women's Youth Lightweight 8+ in 2015 and gold in the Women's Youth 4+ in 2016 at the USRowing Youth Nationals.
Women's Varsity Associate Head Coach
Anita coached at Oakland Strokes from 2003 to 2005 as a novice assistant coach and in 2014 as a middle school coach. In 2015 she moved to the Varsity Women’s squad as an assistant coach and in the Fall of 2016 acted as Interim Head Coach while Allison Ray was on maternity leave. She has a USRowing Level II Coaching certification.
Anita began her rowing career in 1999 as a walk-on coxswain on the UC Berkeley’s men’s team in 1999. She completed her tenure at UC Berkeley on the women’s team, competing in two NCAA championships, winning Pac-10s and helping her team place 3rd at NCAAs in 2002. Anita still actively competes on the masters level, having won gold at Masters Nationals, Head of the Charles, and the San Diego Crew Classic. She was a 2011 finalist for USRowing’s Masters Rower of the Year.
She graduated in 2002 from UC Berkeley with degrees in History and Peace & Conflict Studies and graduated with high honors in 2010 from California College of the Arts in Graphic Design. She also works as an art director and lives in Alameda with her husband.
In the fall of 2014 Dana returned to the Oakland Strokes as the Managing Director after a 7 year hiatus. Previously, Dana coached for the Strokes from 1999 through the 2006 season, acting as the Varsity Men’s Assistant Coach from 1999 through 2000, Novice Mean’s Head Coach in 2001, and Head Men’s Coach from 2002 through 2006. Some of his accomplishments include his crews qualifying for the Youth National Championships from 2003 through 2006, earning a Silver medal in the Boy’s V8+ in 2004 and a Gold medal in the Boy’s V4+ in 2005.
Dana will be acting as an assistant coach for the Women’s Varsity team in the Fall of 2016 during Allison’s maternity leave
Dana began rowing in 1990 for the Oakland Strokes while attending College Prep in Oakland. He continued rowing at Cornell University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering in 1997 and a Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering in 1998. Since his graduation he has worked full time as a Structural Engineer up to his recent move back to the Oakland Strokes. Dana lives in Alameda with his wife and two children.
Women's Strength Coach
Frank has been in the fitness industry for 12 years and a lifetime fitness fanatic. For the past 6 years he has been coaching and training youth and adult athletes in all parts of the Bay Area. Frank is also the Regional Coordinator for Critical Mass Health Conductors; a program designed to help with weight loss, stress management and life centering for the most at-risk populations.
As a former collegiate athlete and current motivational speaker he is able to understand both the mental and physical aspects of health, fitness, and wellness. His degree in communication and both personal and professional experience allows him to successfully connect with members, both male and female, while ushering them on an effective path to their fitness goals.
“The best part of training is helping someone become a better them…than they have always been. You just get to tap into it and remind them of their greatness.” -Frank Clayton, NASM CPT, CMHC #389