Coaching Staff

Meet our experienced, CPR Certified Rowing Coaching staff

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”.

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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