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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

Email: matt@pocockfoundation.org

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
Erg Ed Program Manager and CAA Liaison
Operations Manager and Head Coach (RRC)
Development and Communications Coordinator
Special Events and Development Associate

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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.
Board President
Board Vice President
Board Secretary
Board Treasurer
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member

Connect with Briana

Phone: (206) 686-6389

Email: briana@pocockrowingcenter.org

Briana Schulte

PRC Junior Team Girls' Head Coach

Briana manages the operations and staff of the Pocock Rowing Center and the Renton Rowing Center. In that role, she directs rowing programs and teams. She also organizes educational and professional development opportunities for all coaches and athletes.   Briana joined the coaching staff of the Pocock Rowing Center in 2011 and began her role as a manager in 2014.  Prior to working at the Pocock Foundation, Briana coached at the University of Pennsylvania, Purdue University, Washington College, and Northwestern University. She graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in anthropology and from Purdue University with a Masters of Public Health.   When not coaching or at the computer working, Briana likes to run, cycle, garden, and discover area parks and playgrounds with her family.
AMRC Head Coach
PRC Junior Team Coach
PRC Junior Team 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)
PRC Adult Instructional Coach
Head Coach Master's Men and Adult Instructional Coach
PRC Junior Team Coach
Novice Strength and Conditioning Coach
Varsity Strength and Conditioning Coach
PRC Senior Masters Women's Coach
PRC Junior Team Girls' Head Coach
PRC Equipment Manager
PRC Masters Sculling Team Coach
PRC Recreational League
PRC Junior Team Coach
PRC Intermediate Sculling Coach
PRC Junior Team Coach
RRC High School Novice Coach
PRC Recreational Rowing League

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 […]

10.05.2016 0

This school year, the Erg Ed program will run in over 44 schools across the country, almost double the schools of two years ago.  The two newest school districts for Erg Ed, Chicago and Portland, were awarded Erg Ed grants this summer and began teacher training this month. Both of these public school districts are […]

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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