VM Coaching Staff
Men's Coaching Staff
Director of Men’s Rowing
Stephen has over 15 years of coaching and leadership experience in rowing across multiple countries and levels, including College, High School and Middle School aged athletes. As a former athlete, having competed in the Mens 8+ for Australia in the Beijing and the Athens Olympics where he won a bronze medal, he is passionate about developing athletes in all aspects of the sport and nourishing a strong, positive and successful rowing experience, as he was also grateful to have experienced.
Most recently, Stephen coached the Dutch Women’s 8+ to a Gold medal at the 2019 U23 World Championships. Prior to this, he spent 4 years in the Netherlands as the Freshmen Men’s Coach at Nereus Boat Club, one of the premier College rowing clubs in the Netherlands. He has also coached at a number of school programs in Australia with multiple wins in the National School Boy program.
As a coach, he takes great responsibility in supporting athletes with motivation, inspiration, guidance and experience to support the rowers to reach their highest potential in each of these critical areas. He is very excited to continue the strong performance of Oakland Strokes and his vision is to empower the coaches and athletes to develop their skills and build a strong club culture with performance, enjoyment and pride as keystones to success.
Originally from Sydney, Australia, Stephen moved to Orinda with his wife and two children at the beginning of 2019, from Amsterdam where they have lived for the past 5 years. Stephen has been involved with the sport of rowing since 1985.
Associate Head Men’s Coach
Jovan was recently named as Associate Head Coach after having coached for the Oakland Strokes since the Fall of 2017. Additionally he served as the Head Coach for the East Bay Masters Competitive Women’s team since august of 2017, and previously at the University of California Berkeley as the Volunteer Assistant Coach. Jovan has rowed for many great international coaches and brings their insight to his coaching on a daily basis. He combines this with a personal approach towards each athlete, working with them to bring out their best performance every day at practice and on the race course.
Jovan began rowing as a high school student for a small club in Serbia and worked his way up onto the Serbian under 23 squad, where he won a gold medal and set a world’s best time in the coxed four at the 2011 U23 World Championship. He subsequently enrolled at Cal and defended his World Championship in 2013, was elected captain at Cal his Sophomore year, is a 3 time PAC-12 All Conference rower, 2 time All American, and won the Henley Royal Regatta in 2015.
Men's Assistant Coach
A transplant from upstate New York, Colin rowed for four years as a member of Dartmouth's Lightweight Crew. He was a two-time member of the varsity crew in 2011 and 2012, where he medaled at Eastern Sprints, IRA, and was the most improved varsity lightweight oarsman in 2011. Colin's coaching experience includes the junior men's team and Adult Learn to Row program in Upstate New York, Texas Rowing Center and Texas Crew in Austin, Texas, and Los Gatos Rowing Club in Los Gatos, CA.