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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.
Member Services
Executive Director
Deputy Director
Office Manager
Director, Rowing Operations
Head Coach, Renton Rowing Center
Communications Associate
Outreach Coordinator
Junior Program Coordinator
PRC Regatta Coordinator

Connect with John



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 Andrea

Phone: (206) 328-0778

Email: andrea@pocockrowingcenter.org

Andrea Buch

Head Coach, Varsity Girls

Andrea Buch comes to Pocock with a diverse background as a coach for competitive and recreational masters, high performance juniors, the USRowing Women’s Junior National Team, and Division I women.  As an athlete, she competed for Lyme-Old Lyme High School and Blood St. Sculls in Connecticut, and was part of the first recruited class at the University of Kansas. Outside of coaching, Andrea works for Pocock Racing Shells in Everett as the Director of Customer Relationships and Education. In 2013, Andrea earned her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training certificate at Kirpalu. When she is not at the boathouse, she can often be found on a yoga mat, doing a Crossfit workout, or hiking in the beautiful PNW.
PRC Junior Team Coach
PRC Junior Team Coach
PRC Adult Sculling Coach, Introduction to Rowing Coach
Recreational Rowing League Head Coach
Head Coach, Varsity Girls
Head Coach, Renton Rowing Center
PRC Adult Sculling Coach
Varsity Strength and Conditioning Coach
PRC Junior Team Coach
PRC Men's Coach, Masters Coach, Middle School Coach
PRC Junior Team Coach
Evening Masters Team Coach
PRC Junior Team Coach
PRC Junior Team Coach
Mixed Sweep Team Coach
PRC Senior Women's Sweep Coach
Head Coach, Junior Boys
PRC Masters Sculling Team Coach
PRC Mixed Masters Team Head Coach
PRC Adult Sculling Coach
Adult Sculling Coach
Evening Masters Team Coach

08.15.2018 0

Becoming a rower really brought out things in me I didn’t know or was not necessarily sure I had within myself. I am Etnna, 15 years old and row for Mount Baker as a Jr. Varsity girl and this is my rowing story thus far. For most of my life I have played a variety […]

08.08.2018 0

Join or Renew for rowing programs at Pocock Rowing Center and Renton Rowing Center:   Fall Rowing Opportunities at the Pocock Rowing Center!  Youth and Adult rowing programs for beginners are available for registration now. Visit our registration site HERE to create or log in to your account and learn more about program schedule, pricing […]

07.24.2018 0

Hi! I’m Gem Gatmaytan and I’m an incoming freshman. I have been rowing at Pocock for about a year now. My best friend’s mom asked me if I was interested last summer and I just went for it. I’d never found a sport I truly loved until crew. It was a sport that just let […]

Upcoming Events

Windermere Summer Splash & Corporate Cup Regatta
Green Lake in Seattle, WA
Saturday, August 18
9:00am – 3:00pm
FREE Family Event with kids activities, food tents, and boating.


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