Coaches

Jim Andersen

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Executive Director and Head Coach

Jim brings tremendous experience and a vast background in rowing, coaching and regatta management to the Lake Las Vegas Rowing Club. He recently took the 2015-16 year off and traveled to relax and visit family and friends after 35 years of continuous coaching. He stopped by Las Vegas a few times and fell in love with Lake Las Vegas and the amazing possibilities it holds.

Jim was Director of Rowing and Junior Head Coach in Oklahoma City from 1998-2015. He built the team from 30 athletes and two coaches to a team of 150 athletes, eight coaches and multiple Regional Championships along with taking crews to the Youth National Championships every year.

Previously Jim was the Varsity Boys Coach at Marin Rowing in Greenbrae, California for 17 years. His crews won four National Titles, five Silver medals and three Bronze medals at the US Rowing Youth National Championships. He was one of the founders, and two-time coach of the USA junior team at the CanAmMex Regatta. His athletes have gone on to row at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, CAL, Washington, Cornell, Georgetown, US Naval Academy, and many other highly-rated universities. His former athletes have represented the USA and Norway in three Olympics and multiple World Championships.

Jacqueline Patricia “PJ” Lloyd

Assistant Coach

“PJ”, started her rowing career in the fall of her junior year in high school with Cape Cod Rowing. While there she competed in any and all races she could. Her hard work and dedication to the sport even scored her a spot on the varsity rowing trip to South Africa. She raced in the single and the double, in the South African National Championships in the spring of 2008. The end of her high school career came with winning the MPSRA State championships while stroking the women’s 4x, and a partial scholarship to the University of Massachusetts Amherst. PJ rowed for one season there, and then decided to answer a higher calling by joining the Army.

She spent 1 year training in Arizona to become an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operator, and was later stationed in Germany for 3 years where she also completed 3 tours of duty in Afghanistan. While in the Army PJ met the love of her life Ryan, and moved to Las Vegas after completing their active duty contracts. PJ is also the mother of a beautiful 2 year old daughter, Evelyn, and is head of the household while Ryan continues to serve the United States overseas as a civilian contractor. PJ brings a wealth of life experience, and is looking forward to seeing rowing grow here in the Las Vegas area!

Kate Capistran

Kate

Assistant Coach

Kate began rowing her freshman year at Manchester Central High School in New Hampshire. During her time in high school, Kate was named captain from 2009-2011 and Most Valuable Athlete in 2010. She began Division 1 college rowing at La Salle University before transferring to the University of Rhode Island (URI). While in Rhode Island, she competed in the Varsity 8+ for 5 seasons. In Spring 2013, URI won the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship, completed in the NCAA Championship and Kate was named the team’s first ever All-American. She was later named All-Region and All-Conference in 2014 and 2015.

Kate moved to Las Vegas in 2015 to teach Special Education in the Clark County School District.  Today, she teaches 4th grade and continues to maintain an active lifestyle. Kate looks forward to building a strong rowing community here in Nevada.