VW Coaching Staff
Women's Coaching Staff
Director of Women’s Rowing
This is Allison’s 5th year with the Women’s Varsity Team. 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 2012 after she finished working as an assistant coach for the Canadian National Team, where she coached five World Championships, eight World Cups, and the London 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 Head Coach at Simon Fraser University Rowing Club. Allison was the Head Coach of the Canada Summer Games Team in 2005, the Head Coach of the Canadian CanAmMex Team in 2008 and the Canadian PanAm Games Team in 2007.
Allison was awarded the Peter-Canada Coaching Award for top place performances of her crews at the World Championships in 2007 and 2008. She received the BC Woman in Sport Award and contributed a chapter in "Real Women, Real Leaders" by Kathleen Hurley and Priscilla Shumway. Allison received her university degree at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby BC. She graduated from the National Coaching Institute in 2010 and has her Canadian Level 4 Coaching Certification. She lives in Piedmont with her husband, 2 year old Theo, stepdaughter Julie, and her dog Daisy.
Allison coached the Lightweight 8+ to a Silver medal in 2015 and a National Championship in the Varsity 4+ in 2016. In 2018, Allison and Anita led the Women’s Varsity Team to it’s best ever performance by qualifying four boats for the National Championships and winning the women’s team points trophy at the Southwest Youth Championships
Associate Head Women’s Coach
Anita Sarrett, Associate Head Women’s Coach
This is Anita’s 5th year with the Women’s Varsity Team and 7th year with Oakland Strokes.
Anita coached at Oakland Strokes from 2003 to 2005 as a novice assistant coach and returned to Oakland Strokes in 2014 as a middle school coach. She has a USRowing Level II Coaching certification.
In the Fall of 2014, Anita joined the Varsity Women’s squad as an assistant coach. In the Fall of 2016, Anita acted as the Interim Head Women’s Varsity Coach while Allison Ray was on maternity leave. Anita has coached the Oakland Women’s Lightweight 8+ to a National Championship in 2017 and a Silver medal in 2018 at the USRowing Youth Nationals. In 2018, Anita and Allison led the Women’s Varsity Team to it’s best ever performance by qualifying four boats for the National Championships and winning the women’s team points trophy at the Southwest Youth Championships.
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 6th at the NCAA championship in 2001 and 3rd in 2002. Anita has also competed on the masters level, having won a number of gold medals at Masters Nationals and San Diego Crew Classic, as well as gold and a course record at the Head of the Charles. 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.
Women’s Assistant Coach
Hannah was introduced to rowing in 2007 as a high school freshman here at the Oakland Strokes. After spending four years as a coxswain with Strokes and two summers training for the Junior National Team, she was recruited to UC Berkeley. While at Cal, Hannah was a part of the women's team when they won three Pac 12 Conference Championships and three second place finishes at the NCAA National Championships. During summers, Hannah coached at Oakland Strokes summer camps as well as the Cal Rowing camps.
Since finishing her career as a Division I student-athlete, Hannah has been back coaching at Oakland Strokes, first with the novice men and currently with the women's squad. Hannah spent the summer of 2018 interning with the Junior National Team training camp in Connecticut. Hannah enjoys coaching young people in order to help them develop into the best competitor and teammate they can be. Hannah’s 3rd year with the Women’s team
She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2016 with a degree in Consumer Behavior & Globalization. She currently lives in Alameda with her three roommates, and Andy the dog.
Women’s Assistant Coach
From middle school to high school, Anna rowed at Lake Washington Rowing Club in Seattle and Bainbridge Island Rowing Club. From 2009-2013, Anna rowed with George Washington University’s NCAA Division I program while studying International Affairs. She trained at a pre-elite camp and raced in the women’s 2- at the 2012 Under-23 World Championships. After graduating from George Washington University, Anna rowed for a year at California Rowing Club in Oakland. She loves dogs and competition. Anna is now pursuing a Master of Public Health degree at San Francisco State University and excited to be coaching with Oakland Strokes!
Women’s Strength Coach
Meghan competed at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics in the US women's eight, where she won gold both times. She has competed in 5 World Rowing Championships in the women’s eight, and won gold all five times. Meghan is a certified personal trainer and is building her business in the Bay Area. We are thrilled to welcome her to the women’s team, not only because of her rowing accomplishments, but also because of the energy and passion she brings to supporting our young women to be their best on and off the water.