Trish Brubaker

Trish is the head coach for Lincoln Park Boat Club, as well as the University of Chicago rowing teams. Prior to her return to Chicago, Trish was the most successful coach in Lafayette College Crew history. Under Trish’s coaching, Lafayette College Crew consistently medaled at the Dad Vail Regatta. Lafayette also earned medals from the Head of the Charles, the Head of the Schuykill, the Knecht Cup, and posted top finishes at C.R.A.S.H.-B.s. Under Trish’s leadership, Lafayette Crew grew from 24 members to 70 and fundraising revenue increased threefold.

Prior to Lafayette, Trish competed in the elite ranks of sculling under the coaching of legendary coach Igor Grinko, racing in the 2003 Pan Game Trials, 2003 World Championship Trials, and the 2004 Olympic Trials. She graduated from DePaul University in Chicago.

Kirsten Lefeldt

Kirsten is the Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) coach for Lincoln Park Boat Club.
She is a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise, certified Paddlefit Coach, and also holds multiple certifications in TRX Functional Fitness, Posture Alignment Therapy and Fitness Nutrition.

Outdoor Fitness is her lifelong passion. Her goal is to motivate people to enjoy the outdoors and adopt a healthy, active lifestyle even while living in an urban environment. Her coaching philosophy is to tailor each training session to the individual instead of using a one-size-fits-all approach. She works with all fitness levels and believes in building a solid fitness foundation while instilling confidence into each athlete so they can then perform their best and have fun out on the water.

Kirsten has successfully competed in many SUP races and is currently ranked #3 in the Midwest SUP Women’s Elite division. She teaches SUP group classes and individual sessions at LPBC.

Lev Sklyansky

Lev Sklyanskiy started rowing in Kiev in 1964 and coaching in 1968. Equally experienced in sweep and sculling, he continues to compete at the national and international level and counts first place medals at the Master World Championships in 2001 and 2006 among his many racing accomplishments.

Lev’s coaching experience ranges from novices and youth to Olympic-class rowers. Over the years, he has coached adaptive rowers both in the former USSR and the US.

With a coaching style focused on teaching the fundamentals of sculling technique, Lev works with each student according to their athletic and physical ability and personal goals. Lev is known throughout the club for his caring attitude, patience, sense of humor, and ability to transfer his superb sculling capabilities to others.

Emily Caffee, NASM-CPT, CES

Emily is a human movement nerd and strength and conditioning coach for Lincoln Park Boat Club. She holds professional certifications in personal training and corrective exercise through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and serves as a strength coach at Rebell Strength and Conditioning. She is currently working towards a Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, with an interest in orthopedics and sports medicine.

Whether you’re looking to improve your overall fitness, build injury resilience, or just send it on the race course, Emily specializes in designing individualized strength and conditioning programming to help you reach your goals. Her coaching style is based on teaching mastery of movements and positions, so that your work in the weight room can translate into improved performance on the water.

Emily currently trains and competes as a single sculler, with top finishes nationally in the Women’s Open and A 1x categories. She coaches the Masters Recreational Sculling group and is also available for private lessons.