Ian's coaching experience consists of more than 15 years of college, high school and club level coaching most recently for the Westford juniors in Spring 2018. He lettered in rowing at Northeastern University, was a member of the United States rowing team from 1998-2003, and a member of the Cambridge University Boat Club (UK) from 2005-2006. While rowing for Cambridge, Ian rowed in the winning Goldie Crew for the 2006 Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race.
Coach Klenk came to rowing as an adult in 2012. From her first day in a boat, she fell in love with the sport. She took all opportunities to get involved from that moment on: racing, supporting team efforts like fundraising and recruitment, working in club administration, volunteering at other regattas, and coaching. Rowing has become central to all aspects of her life.
Uli became involved with rowing in 2006 and was instantly hooked. She loves everything about rowing: the fun, the exercise, the camaraderie, and being part of a phenomenal team. Rowing played a significant role in the upbringing of her 3 boys, where she was heavily involved in travel to many regattas and chaperoning rowers at National championship races for Essex Rowing in Methuen for over 10 years.
Uli's passion for rowing has brought her from Rowing Mom to a master rower, an experienced coxswain, a US Rowing level 2 certified coach, a certified Concept2 indoor rowing instructor, and a licensed assistant US Rowing referee. She has competed several times as a coxswain in the San Diego Crew Classic and the Head of the Charles and as a rower in many regional races.
Uli began coaching at Westford Community Rowing in Winter 2019. She coached learn-to-row sculling camps for youth program as well as adults in Summer 2020 and assistant youth coach at Westford Academy.
As a coach, Uli recognizes that proper technique combined with effective teaching are essential for one to achieve their goal of optimum success.
Her knowledge about body awareness, and health come from her former career in Germany, where she was an x-ray technician in a trauma hospital for over 10 years before moving to the States. She built upon that knowledge and became a nationally board certified reflexologist and associate polarity practitioner in the United States. Balance, overall health, and wellness is a priority for Uli, her loved ones, her clients, and her fellow rowers.