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Growing Rowing in the Northwest

The Pocock Foundation is a strong community of volunteers, donors, staff and, of course, rowers! Each year, we reach literally thousands of current and future rowers, plus rowing fans through various events, programs and community initiatives.

Drawing on the life and legacy of George Pocock, the Pocock Foundation believes in the transformative power of rowing and endeavor to make rowing available to as many people as possible.

Please look below for our staff directory, Board and leadership team, and a roster of our dedicated and talented coaches.

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Phone: (206) 686-6394


Matthew Lacey

Executive Director

Matthew Lacey began serving as the Executive Director of the Pocock Foundation in 2012. In that role, he sets vision for all the staff, manages the broad scope of resources held by the Pocock Foundation, and serves as a voice for the sport of rowing in the Pacific Northwest. Matt received his Master’s in Public Administration from Seattle University in 2007 and began his work as the director of the Pocock Rowing Center in 2008. His coaching experience comes from several area programs, including the Lakeside School, Green Lake Crew, and the Everett Rowing Association. His 27 years of rowing, coaching, and in the Pacific Northwest have given him a passion for the life-changing power of the sport. Outside the office, you can find Matt at the stove with a dish towel over his shoulder preparing fabulous cuisine for his wife and two boys or a whole host of their family and friends. You might also see him traipsing through the woods amidst a camping trip. Or, you’ll spot him trying to run on the treadmill at the Pocock Rowing Center. It’s less a run, more a speedy shuffle.
Executive Director
Deputy Director
Office Manager
Erg Ed Program Manager and CAA Liaison
Head Coach, Renton Rowing Center
Development and Communications Coordinator
Outreach Coordinator
PRC Regatta Coordinator
PRC Facilities and Assistant Boatman

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John Bottum

Board President

With a background in restaurant management and human resources leadership, John brings a lot to the board room table. His gregarious heart and passion for rowing helps John lead the board of the Pocock Foundation to have bigger vision for and impact on the region. Rowing has played a pivotal role in the growth of two of his family members, a niece who rows at University of California Berkeley and cousin who captains the women’s Varsity 8 at Wesleyan University. He speaks passionately about these intelligent, unselfish, accomplished and confident young women and they motivate him to serve on the Pocock Foundation Board today.
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Board Secretary
Board Treasurer
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02.15.2018 0

The George Pocock Rowing Foundation and USRowing are pleased to announce Aspire Public Schools, in partnership with Stockton Unified School District, as the second recipient of the 2017-2018 Erg Ed Grant Award. This grant provides indoor rowing equipment, access to the Erg Ed Curriculum, and comprehensive teacher training throughout the year. Lange Luntao, Stockton Unified […]

02.08.2018 0

USRowing and George Pocock Rowing Foundation Announce 2018-2019 Erg EdⓇ Grant Opportunity – Now Accepting Applications Thursday, February 8, 2018 A Press Release from the George Pocock Rowing Foundation Seattle, WA – USRowing and the George Pocock Rowing Foundation are pleased to release the 2018-2019 Erg Ed Grant Application. Erg Ed introduces students to the […]

01.04.2018 0

Monica has been involved in the Seattle rowing community for 8 years and is currently studying marketing and management at Georgetown University. Monica’s internship with the Pocock Foundation was focused exclusively on improving our brand and reach on Instagram. Before reading on, remember to follow @thePocockFdn on Instagram! Here’s our rapid Q & A with […]

Upcoming Events

USRowing Northwest Junior Championships
Vancouver, WA
Friday, May 19 - Sunday, May 21

George Pocock Day
Seattle, WA
Saturday, July 15

Evening on the Docks | Renton Rowing Center Benefit
Renton, WA
Saturday, July 29

Corporate Cup Regatta
Green Lake in Seattle, WA
Saturday, August 19


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