Cal Women’s Crew Camp Oakland, California
Join the Cal Women's Rowing Coaching Staff for Rowing at the University of California, Berkeley. Our camps are designed for rowers of all skill and experience levels and will cover all facets of the sport. The Cal coaches have led the California Golden Bears to 6 consecutive Pac-12 Team titles and 6 consecutive top 3 team finishes in the country at NCAA's as well as the 2013 I Eight National Champions. Daily sessions will cover technique, conditioning, strength training, video analysis, racing tactics, and the college recruitment process. Camp is open to rowers interested in trying the sport of rowing or those that have previous experience looking to improve after their novice year.
- All three camps will be coached by the current Cal coaching staff
- Low staff to camper ratio
- Access to state-of-the-art training facilities
- Individual video analysis from staff
Check In: 12 noon at the Boathouse
Check Out: 5 pm at the Boathouse
The T. Gary Rogers Rowing Center, the Bears home since 1924 and steeped in over 75 years of tradition, is a virtual Olympic museum. In fact, the Boathouse is believed to be home to more Olympic gold medalists than any other facility in the world. No fewer than 27 Olympic gold and nine World Championship gold medals have been won by Cal oarsmen who trained at the T. Gary Rogers Rowing Center.
Located at 2999 Glascock Street in Oakland, the T. Gary Rogers Rowing Center lies between the Park Street and Fruitvale Avenue bridges.Meet your coaching staff
A coaching icon with the Golden Bears' rowing program, Dave O'Neill will begin his 15th year as head coach at California in 2012-13. The list of accomplishments over his tenure with the Bears is long and impressive by any measure. The program has been invited to the NCAA Championship each year, won eight Pac-12 Championships and two NCAA Championships. The program has taken home nine trophies from NCAAs by finishing among the top four nationally, including the 2005 and 2006 NCAA championship.
Under O'Neill, Cal's varsity eight has placed among the top three at NCAAs five times (1999, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2009). The varsity eight was undefeated in regular-season competition from 2004-06, 2008 and 2010; this includes the 2005 crew which completed its perfect season by setting an NCAA record (6:20.7) to win the varsity eight national championship. In addition to the success of the varsity eight, the second varsity eight won seven straight Pac-12 titles (2003-09) and finished among the top three at NCAAs eight times. In addition, the varsity 4+ captured an NCAA Championship in 2011.
The Golden Bears have won the past five Pac-12 titles under O'Neill.
A three-time All-American and Division II NCAA champion, Sarah Puddicombe joined the California staff as an assistant coach in 2008. She was elevated to Associate Head Coach prior to last season. She begins her fifth spring with the Golden Bears in 2013.
Prior to arriving in Berkeley, Puddicombe spent one season as an assistant coach at UC Davis, her alma mater. A coxswain, Puddicombe won the Division II championship with the Aggies in 2002 under her maiden name of Sarah Whipple.
In 2010, Puddicombe was named the West Region Assistant Coach of the Year after helping the Bears achieve an undefeated regular season and a conference championship.
Her duties at Cal include working with head coach Dave O'Neill and the varsity squad as well as coordinating Cal's recruiting efforts.
Vanessa Tavalero begins her second season with the California rowing program and her first as a full-time assistant coach with the Golden Bears. She served as a volunteer assistant coach last season before being elevated to her current role.
Tavalero is a graduate and former rower at Washington, where she also was an assistant coach from 2010-11. She rowed on the Husky varsity eight boat beginning in her sophomore campaign.
Rowing as a senior in 2000, Tavalero led the Huskies to a second-place team finish at the NCAA Championships, also claiming second in the varsity eight grand final. That boat also won the 2000 Pac-10 Championship and was victorious at the Henley Regatta. The conference championship was the third of three straight Pac-10 titles for Tavalero and the Huskies in the varsity eight.
During her freshman season, Tavalero also won the Pac-10 championship in the freshman eight.
Karl Huhta enters his first year as an assistant coach for Cal women's rowing in 2013.
Huhta spent the previous three years as the Graduate Assistant coach with the women's rowing program at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, while completing his Master's degree in Sport and Fitness, with an emphasis on Sport Leadership and Coaching. Prior to enrolling at UCF, Huhta spent the previous two years as an intern coach with the women's rowing program at his alma mater Washington State University.
While at UCF, Huhta worked with a variety of crews, spending two spring seasons coaching the Varsity 4+ boats, and one spring coaching the Novice 8+. He was also the lead recruiter for the Knights for his final two years with the program. While coaching at WSU, he was a member of the staff that helped lead the Cougars to a 13th overall team finish at the 2010 NCAA Rowing Championships.
All sessions will have high level of rowing instruction, conditioning work, video analysis, and lectures to prepare campers for the college recruiting process.
Sessions I & II will focus on technique and general conditioning. These sessions are a great opportunity to try out a brand new sport, or develop more knowledge of the rowing stroke so that you can become a better boat mover and more competitive.
Session III will have a racing focus. This session will be strenuous, and will involve erg testing, seat racing, race strategy and more. This session is designed to focus on competitive skills and supplement basic technical knowledge.
Session I: June 23rd - 26th
Session II: July 14th - 17th
First Day Check-In: 12 noon at the Boathouse (Lunch not served)
Our Youth Technique camps are designed for rowers of all skill and experience levels and will cover all facets of the sport. Daily sessions will cover technique, conditioning, strength training, video analysis, racing tactics, and the college recruitment process. Camp is open to rowers interested in trying the sport of rowing or those that have previous experience looking to improve after their novice year.
Session III: July 28th - 31st
TIME: Overnight & Commuter Camp
First Day Check-In: 12 noon at the Boathouse
Check Out: 5:00 PM at the Boathouse
AGES: Entering grades 9-12
Elite Racing Camp will give athletes a sense of what it is like to train and race at an elite Division I university while focusing on race pace strategy and technical refinement. This specialized camp is designed for advanced rowers with a suggested two seasons of racing experience. Directed by our internationally acclaimed coaches, experienced high school rowers will get an edge going into the upcoming summer races. Additionally, the coaching staff will lead a session on the college recruiting process. Coxswains will be given individual feedback and the opportunity to review recordings of their race calls.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00 am Breakfast
- 8:00 am Depart for first workout
- 11:30 am Return from workout
- 11:30 am - 1:30 pm Lunch
- 2:00 pm Depart for second workout / Lecture / Row
- 5:30 pm Return from workout
- 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Dinner
- 7:00 pm After dinner activities with counselors
- 9:00 pm Quiet time
- 10:00 pm Lights out
What to bring?
• Water bottle
• Workout clothes
• Running shoes
• Sunglasses (optional)
• Hat (optional)
• Spandex shorts (optional)
• Sandals/flip-flops (optional)
• Workout bag/backpack (optional)
Due to University and NCAA Policies, we are not allowed to offer any transportation to and from camps. The airport closest to the Berkeley campus is Oakland International Airport; San Francisco International Airport is also within a reasonable distance. There are several options that we suggest. There are a few shuttle services that offer transportation to and from Oakland & San Francisco International Airports. Reservations must be made at least a few days in advance, you can make reservations over the phone or online (see below).
Phone: 1-877-467-1800 (Local, Bay Area) 1-415-467-1800 (Long Distance, Outside Bay Area)
Pricing: (All Prices are Approximate)
To/From Oakland International Airport/Campus $25.00 (One Way)
To/From San Francisco International Airport/Campus $29.00 (One Way)
Pricing: (All Prices are Approximate)
To/From Oakland International Airport/Campus $32.00 (One Way)
To/From San Francisco International Airport/Campus $35.00 (One Way)