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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.
PRC Regatta Coordinator
PRC Facilities and Assistant Boatman
Executive Director
Deputy Director
Director of Rowing Operations | Head Coach Varsity Girls (PRC)
Office Manager
Erg Ed Program Manager and CAA Liaison
Operations Manager and Head Coach (RRC)
Development and Communications Coordinator
Special Events and Development Associate

Connect with Margot

Phone: 2063870887


Margot Shumway

AMRC Head Coach

Margot is the head coach of the Ancient Mariners Rowing Club.  She also offers 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.
AMRC Head Coach
PRC Junior Team Coach
PRC Junior Team Coach
PRC Masters Sculling Team Coach
PRC Adult Sculling Coach, Introduction to Rowing Coach
Recreational Rowing League Head Coach
Head Coach Master's Women
Operations Manager and Head Coach (RRC)
PRC Adult Sculling Coach
PRC Masters Men's Coach, PRC Junior Team and Adult Sculling Coach
PRC Mixed Masters Team Assistant Coach
Novice Strength and Conditioning Coach
Varsity Strength and Conditioning Coach
PRC Senior Masters Women's Coach
PRC Junior Team Coach
PRC Middle School Coach
PRC Men's Coach, PRC Women's Team Coach, PRC Middle School Coach
PRC Junior Team Girls' Head Coach
PRC Masters Sculling Team Coach
PRC Mixed Masters Team Head Coach
PRC Junior Team Coach
PRC Adult Sculling Coach
PRC Junior Team Boys' Head Coach
RRC High School Novice Coach
PRC Recreational Rowing League

07.02.2017 0

“In rowing, it’s ok to look back as long as you keep moving forward.” – Arshay Cooper, award winning author, motivational speaker, and rower We’ve all heard of team building. Perhaps you think of a ropes course, a picnic, or an escape room. Or you think of a large conference room with awkward ice breakers […]

05.03.2017 0

USRowing and George Pocock Rowing Foundation Announce New Erg Ed Grant Opportunity – Now Accepting Applications A Press Release from the George Pocock Rowing Foundation Seattle, WA – Matthew Lacey, Executive Director of the George Pocock Rowing Foundation, is pleased to announce a renewed partnership with USRowing, the national governing body of the sport of […]

11.03.2016 0

The world of novice coaching isn’t glorious. However, what novice coaching lacks in terms of harmonious boat movement, it makes up for in fundamentality and impact. What a novice rower learns in their first year on the water will be a part of their rowing journey the rest of life. Coaches that work in the […]

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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