Meet the CRRC Coaching Staff

All coaches are CPR & First Aid certified, hold Wisconsin

Boaters Licenses and have passed a NCIS background check.

Many of our coaches are US Rowing Certified Coaches and/or hold other rowing related certifications.

Kari Cole

Head Coach    

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Head Coach Kari Cole joined the CRRC staff in 2018 after being involved as a rower for eight years through middle and high school. She knows the ins and outs of our program, having volunteered for Learn-to-Row sessions and serving as a co-captain her senior year.

Coach Kari attended rowing camps at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Harvard University. Kari completed her USRowing Level II coaching certification. She is eager to continue to share her rowing experience and passion with our CRRC athletes.

Cole resides in Mcfarland, WI and attends UW- Madison.

Bobby Subak

Assistant Junior Team Coach

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Owen Lilleleht

Men’s Team Coach

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Coach Owen Lilleleht has been a part of the CRRC community since 2014. He rowed for four years on the CRRC junior competitive team and spent hundreds of hours volunteering for the club at Learn to Row, the Madison Marathon, and other events. He was elected captain of the Men’s Team his senior year before being recruited to row Division 1 at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he competed in prestigious national and international regattas such as the Head of the Charles, IRAs, and Canadian Henley, just to name a few.

He is excited to be working with CRRC as a coach, and looks forward to helping the next generation of Camp Randall athletes through their careers as rowers. 

David Tofer

Assistant Junior Team Coach

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Elias Dahl


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Coach Elias Dahl joined the CRRC coaching staff during the summer of 2020 as a summer camp coach, served as a novice coach for our junior competitive team, and worked on equipment repairs as a boatman. Elias now provides coaching assistance during the summers.

Elias is a 2020 graduate of the Camp Randall program, having rowed for his four years of high school. He learned a lot about the sport over his duration on the team and served as captain his senior year. Some of his rowing highlights include rowing at the 2019 US Rowing Youth Nationals in the men’s 2- and the 2019 Head of the Charles in the men’s youth 8+.


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