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PRC Management Committee

The goal of the Management Committee at the Pocock Rowing Center is to be a liaison between membership and the Operations Director and Foundation. The MC meets monthly to discuss boathouse goals, identify issues, and come up with solutions. We are a group of 4-5 elected members who each serve for a 2-year cycle. We love hearing from you and supporting your interests, so please reach out to one of us in person with questions, or email the MC at mc@pocockrowingcenter.org.

Sarah Hirst Smith

Even though Sarah grew up in Oak Ridge, TN, she didn’t learn to row until she went to college at Emory in Atlanta. After graduation (and winning Dad Vail’s!) and finishing her teaching certificate, she moved out to Seattle in 2001 to train with Emil Kossev’s elite group, which resulted in her being on the US National Team in 2003, 2004, and 2005. Simultaneously, she was tutoring high school kids and began coaching the Pocock Jr Girls, who won the Jr National Championship in 2006 in the Girls 8+ and got silver in 2007 in the Girls 4+. In 2008, Sarah and her husband, Mike, I welcomed their twins, Macie and Caroline, to the world! Since then, she’s gotten back into teaching full-time at Seattle Academy (in Study Skills and Math), helping in her girls’ elementary school, trail running, and rowing both in her 1x and with the Pocock Master’s team. This is her second year on the Management Committee.

Hank Koerner

Hank landed at Pocock through a bit of serendipity and by way of Ergomania. From that day in 2011 to the present, it’s been a non-stop fun ride. An important factor has been the community at Pocock who welcomed him then and welcomes him now. Hank’s a member of the MST. Way back when, Hank rowed for Stanford. Professionally, he has two degrees in EE and an MBA. He’s worked as an integrated circuit designer, a venture capitalist, a consultant, and a marketing hack. In the late ’90s and 2000s, Hank worked at several telecom / new economy start-ups in product management, business development, M&A, and predictive analytics. He currently works in an analytical / data science role. Hank appreciates how the Pocock Community has grown stronger as 1PRC. This is his second year on the Management Committee, where his interests are in representing scullers and independents, member recruitment and retention, and encouraging broad Pocock participation in masters competitions locally, regionally, and even abroad.

Lisa Illingworth

Our family joined PRC in 2014, when our daughter, Parker, began rowing in the middle school program. Parker is still with PRC and rowing with the Jr Women’s Varsity Team, as a sophomore. We have two other daughters, Ava (14) and Charlie (5). I returned to rowing in 2016 to coach the middle school team and row with the Mixed Masters Team. I am currently rowing with the Women’s Competitive C+ Team in the early hours and calm waters. In addition to joining the MC this year, I have a shared “seat” as a Jr Steward with my husband, Hans. My professional background includes 20+ years of human resources management with creative agencies in Seattle. My last position, with The Garrigan Lyman Group, was the Director of HR for over ten years. Most recently, I completed my certification in crisis counseling and began working for Crisis Text Line. I am fortunate to support individuals of all ages and locations across the country during their difficult moments in life. I am a native of WA and spent most of my childhood on Whidbey Island as a military kid. We bounced across the country twice and lived in Japan for a few years, during my Dad’s 28 years in the Navy. I graduated from UW in 2003 and am still happy to call Seattle my home. This is my first year on the Management Committee.

Scott MacCormack

Scott is a member of both the PRC Mixed Masters (now Evening Masters) Team and the PRC Men’s Team. He started rowing at PRC in early 2016 after a 25+ year hiatus from competitive rowing. Scott was a walk-on at Columbia University and rowed for 4 years with the Heavyweight Team. Scott is married with two high schoolers at home (his daughter is a senior at Mercer Island High School and rows for Baker and his son is a freshman at Lakeside and rows for Lakeside). Professionally, Scott is a corporate lawyer with Davis Wright Tremaine in Seattle, where he focuses on commercial transactions, mergers & acquisitions and debt and equity financing. In his free time, Scott enjoys water skiing, snow skiing, watching TV and movies. This is Scott’s first year on the Management Committee.

Bill Woodman

Bill graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy. He rowed in Navy’s 1965 clean-sweep of the IRA’s and for all four years at the Academy. Bill spent 30 years on active duty in the Navy (Submarines). Then, he spent 6 years working at the University of Washington Applied Physics laboratory. He also taught Geometry, Fundamentals of Engineering, and Physics at the Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences for 12 years before retiring. Bill currently volunteers as a Docent at the Museum of Flight and is licensed and active as a Private Pilot. He has been rowing as a member of the Ancient Mariners since 1998. This is Bill’s first year on the Management Committee.

Marty Kaplan

Marty is a Seattle native and lifelong water sports enthusiast, but non-rower to date. He is a sailor, kayaker, cyclist, etc. Marty got involved with Pocock when his daughter, Sydney – who’s now a senior and a Pocock Junior Woman’s coxswain – joined the team. On the Management Committee, he is the Junior Steward and works to represent the Pocock Junior team parent community. Marty is the chair of the Junior Stewards Committee for the 2018 season. In his spare time, he is Principal of Martin Henry Kaplan, Architects AIA.

“Harmony, balance, and rhythm. They're the three things that stay with you your whole life.” George Yeoman Pocock


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