Head Coach Aaron Schnell

Coach Schnell has more than 20 years of experience in the sport of rowing. He began rowing at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, and later capped off his collegiate rowing career at Grand Valley State University in Western Michigan. He continued to train at Minneapolis Rowing Club. 

He began coaching after graduation at other collegiate programs and clubs, such as Drake University, the University of St. Thomas, and Minneapolis Rowing Club. 

He began his contributions to the organization when he assumed role as Head Coach in 2013. Under his leadership, the program has grown in athlete participation and also increased race performance. 

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Lead Novice Coach Jill Winegar

Coach Winegar is a decorated fitness professional with more than 25 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, specializing in organizational leadership, program development, staff development, fitness professional training, and group fitness instruction. She has served as Fitness Director of various health clubs, as well as a rowing coach at local rowing programs, granting her licenses and certificates as a personal trainer, Pilates instructor, orthopedic exercise specialist, and a registered USA Rowing Coach. Her passion for rowing has granted her the motivation to become a productive member of our family. She is an alumna of the University of Minnesota (Ski U Mah!).