Coaching Staff

Meet our experienced, CPR Certified Rowing Coaching staff

Brian Colgan

Head Coach/ Varsity Boys Coach

Rowing Experience:

Coaching Experience:


Forrest Allen

Varsity Girls Coach

Rowing Experience:

  • Oakland Strokes, 2006-2009
  • Oregon State University, 2009-2013


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.

Anna Dawley

Middle School Coach

Anna grew up in Massachusetts and started rowing her freshman year of high school. She was recruited to UW- Madison and competed on the lightweight team for the two years. Anna loves the outdoors and enjoys skiing, sailing and hiking in New England. She appreciates all of the great food that Madison has to offer and enjoys exploring the city by bike.

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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