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 joining 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 rowed competitively at Berkeley High School (class of 2003), Orange Coast College, Washington State University, and the Lake Merritt Rowing Club. This is his fifth non-consecutive year coaching for BHS and he also coaches a middle school program at LMRC. In the past he has also coached at the East Bay Rowing Club and Oakland Technical High School.

Brandon, his wife and their two sons split their time between living in Berkeley and at their house in the Vietnamese countryside.

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 (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.

Aytanah Love

Aytanah Love is from Seattle, WA. She was a coxswain for Green Lake Crew for 5 years throughout middle/high school, graduating in 2016. Thrown into a varsity boat as a freshman, she quickly learned to fall in love with the competitive nature of the sport. Aytanah competed in competitions around the country. Her greatest accomplishments include a 3rd place finish at the 2012 Head of the Charles and winning Northwest Regionals every year, therefore qualifying for Youth Nationals. She now attends Berkeley City College with hopes to transfer to a UC in the near future as a Public Health major. Aytanah is incredibly excited to get back into the world of rowing and pass on her passion for the sport to the next generation of athletes!

Olivia McShea

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! Olivia has been the Assistant Men’s Novice Coach since the 2017-18 season. She enjoys helping the next generation of rowers find their strength, potential and passion in rowing.