Mike Baker, Program Director and Varsity Girls Head Coach
Mike began rowing in 1992 as a freshman in high school on Cape Cod. While working on his degree in Sports Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Mike stroked the first Varsity Heavyweight Eight to multiple local and regional medals. He went on to train with the Ottawa Rowing Club in Ontario (CA) and Riverside Boat Club in Cambridge (MA), winning the Lightweight 2- and 4+ two years in a row and the Lightweight 8+ at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. The Head of the Charles Regatta saw Mike bring home two consecutive victories with the Ottawa Rowing Club Lightweight 4+.
Mike was a founding member and trustee of the Honolulu Rowing Club, as well as a founder and president of the Cape Cod Cycling Club.
Not only an accomplished rower, he has also competed in multiple marathons and triathlons at the pre-elite level, including two Boston Marathons and numerous sprint triathlon, half and full Ironman races.
Mike comes to Wayland-Weston with significant coaching experience, having coached multiple crews to medal at several regional championship events, US Club Nationals, and the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. Mike coached the 2011 CanAmMex crew that won gold in the quad and single.
Mike was elected to the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Public School Rowing Association in 2019.
Dan Mahoney, Varsity Boys Head Coach
Dan Mahoney is the Head Varsity Boys’ Coach for WWRA. Dan is a recent graduate of U Mass, Amherst. While there, he was an assistant coach for both Amherst College and Holy Cross. He has also been the Men’s Rowing Coach at Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club in Springfield.
Katie Donnelly, Novice Girls Head Coach, Masters Head Coach
Katie Donnelly began her rowing career in 1999 as a seventh grader at Cape Cod Academy. She was almost immediately made coxswain, and despite the 4:30am wake up calls, completely fell in love with the sport. Throughout high school, she coxed for both CCA and Cape Cod Rowing, including earning a spot in the Junior 8+ at Head of the Charles her senior year. Katie attended College of the Holy Cross where she continued coxing for the Women's Varsity team. After Holy Cross, Katie attended Springfield College where she received her Masters in Exercise and Sport Psychology.
Her coaching career started during college, when she would coach for Cape Cod Rowing youth learn to row, and Masters summer programs. Following graduate school, she returned to Cape Cod Rowing where she served as Assistant Youth coach, then Head Youth Coach. She also developed the Intermediate Masters program, filling a gap between the Learn to Row and Competitive Masters squads. Katie then moved to Boston where she held the position of Assistant Coach for the Wentworth Institute of Technology Men's Rowing team. She has also coached at several other clubs in Boston, and continues to cox for and compete with a women's masters team.
Katie has also developed and run several coxswain clinics for multiple programs in Massachusetts.
Sandra Cardillo, Novice Boys Head Coach
Sandra Cardillo start rowing in her sophomore year in high school three months after moving from Guatemala as a way to stay active and immerse herself into the US culture and language. During her high school rowing career, she won silver medal at the Mass Public Championship in her senior year.
A few years later, Sandra start coaching for Greater Lawrence Rowing where she found a different passion for the sport of rowing and all you can learn from it. Over the past nine years, she has been coaching at at CRI with the outreach department where she has been coaching in several programs, including Row Boston as the novice boys coach, the Para-Rowing and Military programs and head coach of “OWL on the water,” a partnership program with Children’s Hospital.
Additionally, since 2017, Sandra has been working with World Rowing to develop Para-Rowing as a mentor coach internationally.
Paul Hoffman, Varsity Girls Coach, Middle School Head Coach
Paul Hoffman enjoys helping young athletes discover the pleasures of making a boat go fast. Paul started coaching at Wayland Weston in 2013.
As a boy, Paul raced in eights for Exeter and for the Harvard lightweights. He won many shirts, which, sadly, have disappeared over time. Ever since, he has pursued speed and good form at Harvard Sculling Club, Potomac Boat Club, and Cambridge Boat Club.
Paul has raced the Head of the Charles twenty-two times in various formats. In 2012 he won the US Rowing masters national championship in the lightweight quad for Cambridge Boat Club. Paul can generally be found early mornings toeing a quad on the Charles.
When the river is frozen over, Paul helps coach the nordic ski teams for Weston and Wayland High Schools. He is married, has a college-age daughter who skis and dances beautifully, and an eleventh-grade son who skis and runs, very fast.
Paul is devoted to helping the WWRA varsity girls take the next steps in their physical and mental development as athletes, and in achieving greater proficiency in their rowing. He is particularly pleased to have helped the squad succeed in their campaigns at junior nationals. For the past several years Paul has also been focused on creating a vibrant rowing program for middle school scullers.
How did you get involved in crew?
My older brothers rowed for Exeter, Harvard and Dartmouth. Their stories about the boathouse and racing sounded like a lot of fun.
What’s your favorite crew memory?
My favorite memories are mostly sensations of being in the boat – The violence and grace of a start. Feeling the tremendous surge of power in a quad as it flies along at a 36. The feel of a fluidly moving eight in a long steady-state piece at a 24.
What has crew done for you?
It has honed my willpower, focus, tenacity. Drawn out habits of reliability and accountability. Given me an ever-expanding network of friendships. Encouraged a healthy lifestyle so that I can continue to row and ski well.
Favorite Written Quote:
“Abide in the country of the present moment.” Thich Nhat Hanh
Favorite Spoken Quote:
Has to be the extended “Who’s on First” dialogue of Abbott and Costello.
Tim Wood, Varsity Boys Coach
Tim Wood will continue to help coach the boys. As many of you may know, Tim is a new Board member and recently retired from Belmont Hill, where he coached the varsity and middle school programs for the past 35 years. During his tenure, Tim was responsible for making Belmont Hill consistently one of the most successful and highly regarded high school programs in the country.
Pat Montain, Novice Girls Coach
Pat’s passion for rowing began as a student at Rutgers University. Her passion continued to grow as a masters level competitor while living in St. Louis, MO, Austin, TX and the Boston metro area. Pat has a masters degree in Exercise Physiology and Physical Therapy and has worked as a school-based physical therapist for twenty years. Pat recently completed the USRA Level 2 Coaching program and looks forward to helping our student athletes develop their own passion for rowing.
Favorite crew memory?
I could answer this question listing races my boats have won (beating Anita DeFrantz and her crew at the 1988 San Diego Crew Classic was sweet). However, in reality, my favorite crew memories are interactions with my teammates. When I have the opportunity to get together with women I have rowed with over the past 25-40 years, our conversation and laughs pick up immediately where we left off.
How did you get involved with crew?
I have been surrounded by my father’s love of rowing since the day I was born. At that time, he was a collegiate coach. He remained active in the sport as a US referee, an international referee, co-founding the Wilmington (DE) Rowing club, and as a competitive masters athlete. His support of women athletes during the beginning of the Title IX era facilitated my ability to participate in rowing as well as other sports.
Why do you coach?
I coach because Mike Baker asked me to help Wayland-Weston.
Favorite written quote:
â€œThere are three ways to ultimate success. The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.â€ – Fred Rogers
Favorite spoken quote:
“What doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger.”
Rae Pulsone, Novice Boys Coach
Sarah Maietta, Fall Intern
Sarah is a former varsity athlete at WWRA. She went on to row with the Boston University Lightweights ("Team of the Decade"). She won the world championship for her age group in the lightweight pair. She keeps finding her way back to the pond.
Sydney Orlov, Summer Intern
Sydney is a former varsity athlete at WWRA. She has interned for multiple summers with the summer program, and is expert at guiding young athletes at developing sculling skills. She brings race experience and keen technical eye to the program.
Gabby Fargnoli, Summer Intern
Gabby is a college-age sculler, and former varsity athlete at WWRA. While in high school, Gabby served capably for multiple seasons coaching WWRA middle school athletes in sculling team boats. Gabby is herself a junior national bronze medalist in the pair.