Coaches & Directors
Coaching Staff

Mike Pearce

Head Coach - Men


Mike Pearce is UBC Athletics longest serving varsity head coach.  Beginning his coaching career with the women's program in 1995 he quickly helped elevate eight student/athletes to international status, five of whom started under Pearce as novice rowers. In 1998, Mike switched to the men's program and has led its athletes to many successes: multiple national medals in all boat classes, a Head of the Charles Championship (4+) and the Canadian University Rowing Championships in 2005, 2014, 2016 and 2017 and multiple Brown Cup victories. Mike has produced 22 National Team athletes, six who started as novice men, two of whom became three-time World Champions and Olympic gold medalists. 

A National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Level 4 rowing coach since 2003, Mike has been awarded the Canadian University Coach of the Year four times (2005, 2013, 2014, 2017) and is a past winner of the prestigious Royal Jubilee Award for coaching excellence and has been awarded Rowing Canada Coach of the Year. In addition to coaching Mike provided vision and leadership in the creation of the outstanding $6 million John MS Lecky UBC Boathouse project and restoring UBC to preeminence among university rowing programs in Canada.

Mike lives in Richmond with his wife Christine and two sons, Liam and Owen.


Craig Pond

Head Coach - Women


Craig has been involved in the sport of rowing for over 20 years both as an athlete and coach. In 1999 Craig accepted the role as head women's coach at UBC. Since taking over the women's program Craig has led the team to several Provincial Championships, Henley Golds, Western Canadian University Championships, National Championship titles, and a Canadian University Championship in 2005. His UBC varsity 8+s won on unprecedented five national titles in a row from 2012 to 2016.

Craig has developed several athletes, many of whom started as novice rowers the UBC program, to the Canadian National Team. These athletes have gone on to win medals at the U23 World Championships, Senior World Championships, and the Olympics.

As a NCCP certified coach, Craig has been awarded the Canadian University Coach of the year four times (2005,2006,and 2012, 2014). On top of his duties at UBC Craig has also served as the Head Provincial Team Coach for BC.

Craig lives in Vancouver with his wife Elizabeth and his sons Ethan and Owen.

Andrew Knorr

Assistant Coach - Men


Zoe Feittig-Win

Assistant Coach - Women


Rob Sinclair

Novice Coach - Men