Coaching Staff

Meet our experienced, CPR Certified Rowing Coaching staff

Phil White

Girls Varsity Coach

Rowing Experience:

  • San Diego Rowing Club (competed in Senior 2x, 4x, 2-)
  • Syracuse University
  • Browne & Nichols, Cambridge, MA

Coaching Experience:

  • Yale University
  • Port Rowing, Port Washington, NY
  • Frisco Rowing Center, Frisco, CO
  • Williams College
  • Humboldt State University
  • San Diego State University
  • San Diego Rowing Club
  • Colgate University

Phil grew up in New England and took his first strokes in the Harvard rowing tanks in 1978. He spent 20 years in the mountains of Colorado, where he made the conversion from alpine to Nordic skiing, first as an athlete, then as a coach. More recently, he returned to rowing and is excited to live in Madison and coach at CRRC. He has a 16 year old son and a 13 year old daughter. As an aspiring food connoisseur, he understands that bratwurst and ice cream are two of the five food groups, thus making Wisconsin the ideal place to be.

Michael Mancusi-Ungaro

Varsity Boys Coach

Rowing Experience:

  • 1999-2003 Haverford School Rowing
  • 2002 Bronze Boys Varsity 2x
  • 2003 Silver Boys Varsity 2x
  • 2004 Gold Canadian Henley Intermediate Ltw 8+, Senior Ltw. 8+, Penn AC
  • 2005 Gold Canadian Heneley Senior Ltw 8+, Penn AC
  • 2003-2007 GW Mens Rowing
  • 2004 Silver IRA Frosh 4
  • 2007 GW Mens Rowing Team Captain & MVP
  • 2007-2009 Member Undine Lightweight Racing Squad

Coaching Experience:

  • Coached Haverford Boys Freshman Rowing 2008-2009


  • 2007 graduate of George Washington University, BA History
  • 2012 graduate Albany Law School, JD

Shayla Dvorak

Novice Boys Coach

Collegiate Rowing Experience, University of Wisconsin (2004-2008)

  • Big Ten JV 8+ Champion, 2008
  • NCAA JV8+ Bronze Medalist, 2006
  • NCAA V4+ Fifth Place, 2005
  • Varsity Team Captain, 2006-08

Coaching Experience

  • University of Wisconsin High School Summer Camps, 2005-2008

Education and Professional Experience
University of Wisconsin-Madison
BA in Gender & Women’s Studies and Political Science

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Shayla is a fan of all the seasons – even winter! When She’s not coaching, she is at work at Wisconsin Public Television. Shayla does lots of running, cross country skiing and biking, and she has a love of all things local. “Pizza is probably my kryptonite, closely followed by coffee and bacon.” Shayla began rowing in college and her novice year was very memorable – “I started knowing nothing about the sport and ended it racing at the NCAA Championships”.

Kristin Cole

Middle School Coach

Rowing Experience:

Mendota Rowing Club – Junior Team  1987-1989

  • Undefeated Junior Women 4+ 1988-1989
  • Qualified for U.S. Junior National Team Development Camp in 1988 & 1989
  • Wisconsin Women’s Novice Rowing: 1990
  • Wisconsin Women’s Varsity Rowing: 1991

CPR and Outdoor Emergency Care- renewed annually

PSIA Level 1 (Professional Ski Instructor of America) in 1993

  • Taught Skiing at Devil’s Head Ski Resort from 1992-1997
  • Ski Patrol at Devil’s Head Ski Resort in 2007-2011
  • Ski Patrol at Tyrol Basin in 2012
  • Currently working on becoming an Outdoor Emergency Care Instructor

Kristen worked at UW Health for 15 years as a Respiratory Care Practitioner on the Trauma Team. Currently, she is working with her husband Tony in their family owned and operated business: Custom Metals, Inc. Kristen is the proud mother of three daughters. Her two oldest are currently on the CRRC team. She is excited about their participation in a sport that is so near and dear to her heart. She is also thrilled to be involved again, this time, as a Camp Randall Coach.

Grace Peterson

Novice Girls Coach

Grace was born and raised in Madison and is now a full-time student at UW-Madison studying Engineering Mechanics and Astronautics. She rowed on Wisconsin women’s open weight team this past year and is a Camp Randall alum. When she has free time, which is rare, she enjoys tutoring, throwing pots, and anything related to rockets.

    Melinda Rose Miles

    We Can Row /Friends & Family Shore Workout Lead Coach

    Rowing Experience:

    • 2 time Dad Vail Gold Medalist – 2006 Novice 8, 2007 Varsity 8
    • 1 time Dad Vail Bronze Medalist – 2008 Varsity 8
    • 1 time SIRA Gold Medalist – 2008 Varsity 8
    • 1 time SIRA Bronze Medalist – 2009 Varsity 8
    • Invitation to Windermere Cup, Seattle, Washington – 2007 Varsity 8
    • First Place, Elkhart Indoor Erg Sprints
    • Member of 2008 ACRA All-American Team
    • 2009 Most Valuable Oarswoman

    Coaching Experience:

    • 2011 – Present CRRC

    US Rowing Level II Coaching Certification 2012

    CPR and First Aid Certification 2012

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