Head Coach Grant Bursey
Grant is originally from South Africa where he started rowing at the ripe age of 13 years old. He continued to row all through high school and at the university level in South Africa and won National Championships at both levels. Grant also competed for the Princess Elizabeth Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta where his crew made it to the semi finals. He began his coaching career in 2005 and has honed his competitive coaching skills ever since. More recently, he has coached at Pocock Rowing Center in Seattle as both the Head Coach of the Middle School program and Adult Rowing Team.
Head Novice Men's Coach DOnald Jensen
Donald grew up in Grosse Ile Michigan where he began rowing in high school. He rowed year round and spent his summers rowing for the Detroit Waterfront Association and the Wyandotte Boat Club. Donald rowed for four years at Grand Valley State University and in the summers rowed for the Detroit Boat Club, Vesper Boat Club and Riverside Boat Club. Donald hopes to use these amazing experiences and his extensive knowledge of competitive rowing to help bring Texas Crew onto the map and lay the foundations for a very successful and competitive men's rowing program.
HEAD NOVICE WOMEN'S COACH Saige Culbertson
Saige began her rowing career for Austin Rowing Club as a junior at Georgetown high school in Georgetown, TX. After graduation she began rowing for Texas Rowing Center Masters and guest rowed for Texas Crew. During her sophomore year at the University of Texas at Austin she became the captain of Texas Crew’s varsity women. During this time she placed 2nd in the women’s double at the American Collegiate Rowing Association regatta. She continued on as captain of the varsity women during her junior year where she was a part of the top varsity 8+. Saige hopes to introduce the same values and technique that led to her successes to the incoming novice women so they are able to continue the success of Texas Crew.
Assistant varsity coach
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Assitant novice men's coach simon borchelt
Simon is the son of Mark Borchelt – a seven-time U.S. National Team Member, and two-time Olympian. Simon is not only a coach, but also a dominant masters rower for Texas Rowing Center. He has represented Texas Rowing Center on the National and International stage, with consistently strong finishes at Masters Nationals and Henley Masters Regatta. Simon was also nominated and won USRowing's 2017 Fan's Choice Master of the Year Award for his hard work and dedication to the sport. Simon is a true lover of rowing and hopes to instill this passion in our rowers.