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 in her third season as the Novice Women’s coach. She started her rowing career during the summer of 2011 at RowLA and continued to row through college. In 2019 she graduated from Sacramento State with a degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis on coaching.

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 for 9 seasons, 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 has been coaching BHS for five seasons, and 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.

Claire Martens

Claire is an Assistant Coach, alternating between the Men's and Women's novice squads.

I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and was introduced to rowing in 2014. I spent four years on the Cleveland Youth Rowing Association’s club team based on the Cuyahoga River. I graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Anthropology in 2021, and after moving to Oakland in November, I am excited to rejoin the rowing community!

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.

Taylor Niles

Taylor joins BHS Crew this year as Women’s assistant varsity coach.

I was a member of Berkeley High Crew for my whole high school career. I spent two years as a rower and two years as a coxswain, and then graduated in 2013. I then came back to coach from 2015-2018, and I am really excited to be back coaching again with this team that I love!