Oakland Strokes

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Oakland Strokes Rowing Club
Location Oakland, California, USA
Home water Oakland Estuary
Former names Ed Lickiss
Affiliations Southwest Junior Rowing Association
Southwest jr Regional Championships and USRowing Youth Nationals

The Oakland Strokes Rowing Club is a junior rowing club in Oakland, California.


Founded in 1974 by Ed Lickiss, a former rower at the University of California, Berkeley.

In 2005 and 2006, the Strokes Varsity Women won the Peabody Championship Cup at the Henley Women's Regatta in England, the most prestigious possible award. The Varsity Women squad also swept Southwest Junior Regional Championships (know amongst rowers as "CJ's") in the 2009-2010 season, sending multiple boats to the nationals.

The current coaches are: Brian de Regt, Alison Dobb Ray, Dave Adams, Beth Anderson, Alan Kush, Kelsie Chaudoin, Taryn O'Connell, Rich Wendling, Erin Mullin, Frank Clayton, Andrew Blair, Teresa Oja (on maternity leave) and Jessie Manfrin.[1]

In the 2011-12 season, though they came in second to Marin at Southwest Regional Championships, the girls Heavyweight 8+ got first at Nationals, held in Oakridge, Tennessee. The Lightweight 8 won Regionals by 12.4 seconds, and Nationals by 11.6.

In the 2013-14 season, the Women's open weight 8+ won the Head of the Charles Regatta with the men's 8+ coming in third. Both Men's and women's varsity 8+'s won at the Southwest Junior Regional Championships, as did the women's lightweight 8+. Both of the women's 8+'s won at Youth Nationals with the men's varsity 8+ coming in second to Long Beach Junior Crew.[2]

In the fall of 2014, the Men's Varsity 8+ won the Head of the Charles Regatta.[3] The Women's boat came in 7th.

The Varsity Men's squad in 2009-2010 season, qualified 2 boats for the nationals, thanks to the help of 2 new coaches to assist Ivan Smiljanic, these are Rich Wendling and Dameon Engblom. Ivan retired as a coach after the season ended, leaving the head coaching job to Dameon. In 2010-11, Dameon led the Heavyweight 8 to 3rd at Southwest, just 0.2 seconds behind Los Gatos. However, that eight was not brought to nationals; Dameon chose to bring the Varsity four and pair, who went on to get gold and silver, respectively. As of fall of 2014, Jason Hilton has left the club to work as an assistant coach for the Stanford Men's team. Taking over from Jason is Brian de Regt. Also in the fall of 2014, Derek Byrnes (Womans Varsity Coach) left the club to take a position as the head of Stanford's lightweight women's crew. Taking the place of Derek is Alison Dobb Ray.

The Program Director is UCLA alum Beth Anderson, also the coach of Women's Novice team.


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