Margot Shumway

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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.

Connect with Matthew

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
Director of Rowing Operations | Head Coach Varsity Girls (PRC)
Office Manager
Facilities & Equipment Manager | Head Coach Varsity Boys (PRC)
Erg Ed Program Manager and CAA Liaison
Operations Manager and Head Coach (RRC)
Media and Communications Specialist
Development and Communications Coordinator
Events and Corporate Rowing Coordinator

Connect with Margot

Phone: 2063870887


Margot Shumway

PRC Novice Boys' Head Coach, Adult Sculling Coach

Margot is the head coach of three teams at Pocock Rowing Center: The Novice Boys Junior Team, The Ancient Mariners Rowing Club, and the Seattle Fire Department First Responders League. She also coaches intermediate and advanced sculling classes six mornings a week as well as private lessons. Margot brings a wide array of rowing experience to PRC with six years of competing on the US National Team that includes a 5th place finish in the quadruple sculls in the 2008 Olympics and 6th in the double sculls at the 2012 Olympics. Margot also gained coaching experience with Community Rowing, Inc as the assistant Varsity Boys Coach and as the head coach of Riverside Boat Club Men's High Performance Team. In 2014, she coached the lightweight men's quad to a 7th place finish at the World Championships in Amsterdam. When not coaching, she can be found taking care of her 10 year-old shepherd-lab mix, Ilsa, and working on her new house with her wife.
PRC Novice Boys' Head Coach, Adult Sculling Coach
PRC Novice Girls' Head Coach
PRC Varsity Girls' Assistant Coach
PRC Masters Sculling Team Coach
PRC Adult Sculling Coach, Introduction to Rowing Coach
PRC Recreational League Coach
Recreational Rowing League Head Coach
Head Coach Master's Women
Operations Manager and Head Coach (RRC)
Varsity Girls Assistant Coach (PRC)
Head Coach Master's Men
Juniors Novice Assistant Coach, Rec Rowing League Coach
Novice Strength and Conditioning Coach
Varsity Strength and Conditioning Coach
PRC Senior Masters Women's Coach
PRC Varsity Girls Head Coach
PRC Varsity Boys Head Coach
PRC Masters Sculling Team Coach
PRC Recreational League
PRC Intermediate Sculling Coach
Second Varsity Mens Assistant Coach
RRC High School Novice Coach
PRC Recreational Rowing League

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This Saturday, come down and watch some of Seattle’s best companies and organizations battle it out in a 500 meter dash on Green Lake. By racing in this benefit event, these companies support boating opportunities and scholarships for youth throughout greater Seattle. Before you settle in to watch the races on Saturday, check out all […]

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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