The Coaches

Richard Hull - Olympic Development, High Performance Coach

Coach Hull's numerous achievements include racing for the GB National Team in European regattas in 1990, winning the Visitor’s Cup at Henley in 1989, and winning the Boat Race three times with Oxford between 1987 and 1990 (while ostensibly studying for a PhD in biochemistry). After two decades in the business world he returned to rowing at Olympia, WA 9 years ago as head coach of the youth and masters programs at Olympia Area Rowing. He has led youth crews to nationals’ podium finishes in both sweep and sculling, as well as helped coach winning crews at the World Rowing U-23 Championships.  He has recently been selected for the USRowing Development Camp and the CanAmMex Coaching Staff. Richard holds a USRowing Level III High Performance Coaching Certification and is a frequent presenter at conventions and clinics, teaching topics such as the intersection of physiology, mental approach, and rowing technique bringing along his approachable style and British sense of humour.

Matt Grau - Director of Youth Rowing, TRRA

Also a USRowing Level III High Performance Coach, Matt is the head coach of youth rowing at Three Rivers Rowing Association where he has coached two doubles that won the at USRowing Youth Nationals Championships as well as a number of other medaling crews. Prior to arriving in Pittsburgh Coach Grau was named the Washington Post All-Met Coach of the Year while teaching and coaching at Wilson High School. Today, Matt works with the USRowing U-19 National Team as an assistant coach with the Selection Development Camp, where he will work alongside Coach Hull. He has previously served as the Camp Director for the Olympic Development Program in addition to a number of other roles within the USRowing U-19 system.

Jenn Langzettel - Head Coach, SCRC

Jenn began her rowing career as a freshman walk-on student-athlete at Franklin Pierce University.  She led the team as captain in her senior year and sat stroke seat of the varsity 4+ which was the focus boat of the program. Jenn was paramount to helping build the program in her 4 years on the team and holds the 2K erg record for the program.

Upon her undergraduate graduation in 2002, Jenn began coaching at Fox Chapel High School, located in Pittsburgh, PA where she coached the novice women to multiple top finishes. Most notably, in the spring of 2006 her 8+ novice women all earned 2 medals at the Midwest Scholastic Championship while helping Fox Chapel to its second consecutive points trophy.

Jenn's continued passion for the sport led her to join the Three Rivers Rowing Association Masters Women’s rowing team. Rowing with TRRA, Jenn earned medals at Master’s Nationals, as well as a Head of the Charles Medal in the women’s club 8+.  

In the fall of 2006 Jenn began coaching at Duquesne University. She helped the Dukes earn 8 Dad Vails Medals, 10 Atlantic 10 medals, three of which were top 4 finishes at the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship.  Jenn served as a member of the board for the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association from 2019-2022.

During her time with the Pittsburgh rowing community Jenn has also aided in coaching the TRRA junior’s and master’s programs while continuing to row when able.  Jenn is a mother of 2 daughters. Evelyn is 9, loves being active and strong, and participates in karate and crossfit.  She loves to get in a boat whenever her mom lets her. Kaley is 13 and lives with Rett Syndrome. She can light up your world with her smile.

Leslie Bonci - Sports Nutritionist

Leslie J. Bonci , MPH,RD,CSSD, LDN, is a registered dietitian, board certified specialist in sports dietetics and is the owner of Active Eating Advice- be fit, fed, fearless- a nutrition consulting company and co-founder of Performance365- a sports nutrition consulting company. She is currently the sports nutrition consultant for the 2020 Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs. Her company, Performance 365 provides the sports nutrition services for the inaugural season of the XFL and is the sports nutrition provider for the FCF league.

She is the author of Sport Nutrition for Coaches and the American Dietetic Association Guide to Better Digestion and co-author of Run Your Butt Off, Walk Your Butt Off, the Active Calorie Diet and Bike Your Butt Off.

She has authored numerous chapters for sports medicine and sports nutrition manuals. Leslie is also a blogger for US News and World Report and participates in many podcasts as well as providing nutrition expertise for television, radio and print interviews.

Leslie is an adjunct instructor in the school of dental medicine at the University of Pittsburgh , also teaches in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Pitt and the Athletic training program at Duquesne University. Leslie received her undergraduate degree in Biopsychology from Vassar College, her Masters’ in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh and completed her dietetic internship at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Leslie was the director of sports nutrition at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine for 16 years.

Leslie is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker presenting on topics such as nutrition misinformation, the Winning Plate, Fuels of Engagement  and Supplement Savvy. She is a 2021 recipient of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics  Medallion Award. And she has become an avid indoor rower with her Hydrow and is working on #OarElse- #themoreyouknowthebetteryourow

Frank Velasquez - Strength & Conditioning Coach

Director of the AHN Sports Performance program since October 2015, Frank Velasquez is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan, and was a student athletic trainer for Big 10 Championship teams in football and women’s swimming and diving. After becoming certified as an athletic trainer, he took a position as minor league athletic trainer for the Texas Rangers organization. Four years later, he became strength and conditioning coordinator for all of the Rangers minor league teams in the U.S., Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.

In 2003, Velasquez joined the Pittsburgh Pirates as its strength and conditioning coach. He served in that role for nine seasons, developing and overseeing the strength training, conditioning and overall wellness programs for the team. In 2008, Velasquez and the Pirates Sports Medicine staff were awarded “MLB Sports Medicine Staff of the Year” by Baseball Prospectus magazine for helping the Pirates be among the teams with the fewest days on the disabled list over a three-year period.

In 2012, Velasquez co-founded Vesla 360 Sports Performance & Physical Therapy, providing strength training, physical therapy and massage services for active adults and developing athletes.

Sharon Skittle - Yogi

Sharon Skittle has been in the health and fitness industry for over 25 years. She is the former owner of Urban Elements, a boutique yoga, bootcamp and cycling studio and has been in the health and wellness arena for over 25 years. Sharon has a master training license and is licensed to teach yoga, pilates, indoor cycling and a number of sport specific trainings. She has worked with all types of clients from professional athletes to those with special needs.  She has taught workshops all over the country, incorporating the key components of fitness and what she believes is the missing link, mindfulness. Regardless of the activity, Sharon believes attention to breath and intentional movement will enhance your exercise experience and improve your results. Her goal in any class/workshop is to leave clients feeling better than when they started and to help each person achieve strength and ease in both body and mind.