Coaching Staff

Meet our experienced, CPR Certified Rowing Coaching staff

Cory Conzemius

Head Coach/ Varsity Boys Coach

Coach Cory Conzemius joins the CRRC staff after being involved with the sport for the past fourteen years. He brings an extensive background not only as a coach but also rower and coxswain. Conzemius looks forward to sharing his passion with the next generation of rowers.

“I am excited for this opportunity to coach at Camp Randall,” said Conzemius, “my hope is to help the team and each individual achieve his/her goals.” He hopes to bring his passion for the sport to his athletes. “Creating a balanced atmosphere of fun, hard work, dedication, competitiveness and teamwork is something I hope I can instill in the athletes.” Coaching has been one of the most rewarding parts of his life. “To help the athletes find their passion for the sport and grow not only as athletes but individuals has been truly rewarding”, Conzemius said.

Originally from Breckenridge, Minn., Conzemius got his start in rowing as a walk-on at American University, in Washington, D.C. He rowed for two years prior to switching over to coxing. While in DC he also competed for the Potomac Boat Club. After graduating, he began his coaching career in the high school ranks, including serving three years as Rowing Director for Gainesville Area Rowing in Florida. Conzemius also has a wealth of experience at the collegiate level, having coached at the University of Maryland, High Point University, and most recently with Adrian College.

Conzemius has seen success in coaching youth rowing, including sending nine crews over three years to Youth Nationals while at Gainesville.

As a fan of Badger basketball for several years Conzemius is eager to move to Madison, WI and call it home.

Melinda Rose Miles

Varsity Girls Coach/ 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

Kari Cole

Novice Girls Coach

As a rower with CRRC for eight years through middle and high school, Coach Cole knows the ins and outs of our program. Volunteering for Learn-To-Row sessions as a high school rower and volunteering to be a co-captain her senior year gave her even more experience at the boathouse. In the past, Kari has attended rowing camps at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Harvard. Now at Madison College, Coach Cole is eager to share her rowing experience and passion with the CRRC program. 

Cole Wirth

Novice/ Varsity Boys Coach

Coach Wirth’s career with rowing began when he was thirteen when he joined the Milwaukee Rowing Club (MRC).  Smaller in stature at the that age, Wirth began as a coxswain for the team. He quickly proved his abilities and earned the coxswain position for the 1V beating out his senior teammates and earning spots at the Head of the Charles and Youth Nationals where his crew finished 6th overall in the Youth 4+. After over a year, Wirth transitioned to rowing with a spot on the 1V within his first year that he held for the remainder of his tenure with the MRC junior team. He also served as the team captain of over 60 boys his senior year. As a walk-on at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wirth continued his rowing career.  He was redshirted his first year under Coach Beau Hoopman. However, he was forced to end his collegiate rowing career in August 2017 due to  a reoccurring back injury. 

Throughout his time as an athlete, Wirth also volunteered as a Learn-to-Row coach in Milwaukee, assisting Coach Will Bott with the planning and supervision of workouts as well as equipment upkeep. Wirth also stepped in as interim coach of the middle school team in Milwaukee on multiple occasions.

Coach Wirth is excited to share his love of rowing with CRRC, “Fitness and nutrition have been a constant focus in my life ever since I entered the world of rowing seven years ago. I am constantly trying to better myself and those around me in those areas because rowing made such a standing impact on my life.” 

Maren Franzke

Middle School Coach

Maren is a junior at UW-Madison studying Biology.  Despite spending most of her life playing volleyball, she walked onto the lightweight rowing team as a freshman to follow in her dad’s footsteps.  She rowed for the Badgers for two years and is now very excited to stay involved in the rowing community by coaching at CRRC.  In between studying and working her two jobs, Maren enjoys spending time with friends and facetiming her dogs back home.

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