Coaches

Berkeley High Crew is proud to have a talented, experienced, and diverse group of coaches with deep Berkeley High roots. Many of our coaches have been with the program for several years.

Our coaches have completed a variety coaching education degrees, programs, courses and workshops, and they all hold current CPR/First Aid certification and have passed Berkeley Unified School District background checks.

Alexis Aiello

Alexis is continuing at BHS this year as the Novice Women's Coach. In her own words: In the summer going into my freshman year of high school, I began my rowing career at RowLA. After rowing there for four years, I moved on to Orange Coast College. During my last semester at OCC I trained at Southern California Scullers. From there, I was recruited to Sacramento State University where I received an athletic scholarship. I graduated with a degree in kinesiology with an emphasis on coaching and physical activity. I love coaching novices because it’s fun to see them go from taking their first stroke to racing.

Brandon Caesar

Brandon Caesar returns this year as an assistant coach; his sixth year coaching for BHS. Brandon rowed at Berkeley High School (class of 2003), and also at Orange Coast College and Washington State University. He has spent many hours rowing a single at the Berkeley Paddling and Rowing Club and the Lake Merritt Rowing Club, and many years coaching there as well.

He knows Vietnamese and when not in Berkeley, Brandon and his wife and sons live at their house in the countryside of southern Vietnam.

Chris Hoeper-Tomich

Chris Hoeper-Tomich rowed for four years at Berkeley High (class of 2008) and continued his education with a degree from UC Santa Cruz. Chris maintained close ties with the Berkeley High Crew during his years in college and from 2010-2013 he coached at a variety of summer camps, including Lake Merritt Summer Youth Rowing. Chris has been leading the Men’s Novice team since the 2012-2013 season. He particularly enjoys seeing his crews increase their skills and competitive drive over the course of a season.

Marie Jones

Marie Jones is continuing this year as Head Coach and Varsity Women's coach. Marie (Frank) Jones rowed four years at Berkeley High (class of 1997), serving as co-captain her senior year. She went on to row at Georgetown University, where she studied Psychology with a minor in History. During her senior year, she again served as co-captain of Georgetown Women’s Rowing and as president of the Georgetown Rowing Association.

After graduating, Marie returned to Berkeley High Crew where she coached the women for three seasons as both an assistant and head novice coach. She returned to the East Coast to pursue her Masters degree at Boston University, where she studied Mental Health and Behavioral Medicine with a specialization in Sports Psychology. While at BU, Marie was the Sports Psychology Intern for BU Women’s Crew.

Returning to the Bay Area in 2006 after completing her Master’s, Marie pursued a career in Mental Health Counseling for school-aged children in Oakland. Marie returned to Berkeley High Crew as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2010-11 season.

Marie currently lives in Oakland with her husband and two children and is excited to return to Berkeley High Crew once again.

Olivia McShea

Olivia is coaching the Men's Varsity team this year, along with Leon Maurer. Previously, Olivia was the Assistant Men’s Novice Coach since the 2017-18 season. Olivia rowed competitively for 4 years in high school on the East coast and 4 years with Princeton University. She placed 4th in the country in the woman’s 4+ at the 2012 NCAA Championships and led multiple winning boats at Ivy Championships. After moving to the Bay in 2015, she’s discovered the joy of coaching, particularly in such mild winter weather! She enjoys helping the next generation of rowers find their strength, potential and passion in rowing.

Leon Maurer

Leon joins BHS Crew this year as Varsity Men's Assistant Coach, and temporarily as Head Coach.

After immigrating from Germany in 2010, I joined BHS Crew as a freshman in 2011 and rowed all four years (Class of '15). My senior year I co-captained the team and attended Junior Nationals in the lightweight double. I went on to row for two more years at Orange Coast College, racing at ACRA (club nationals) in the JV8 my second year. I am currently finishing my Biology degree at SFSU. I love coaching rowing because this team and sport gave me a lot of important tools as a developing teenager and I want to help BHS Crew continue to positively influence lives.