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Meet Our Coaches

Mayrene Earle, Founder, Masters Coaching


In 43 years as a coach and physical educator, Masters Coaching founder Mayrene Earle has developed a deep toolbox of skills, drills and coaching solutions that she uses to elicit the best from rowers of all levels. Mayrene’s keen understanding of rowing dynamics, coupled with her intuitive grasp of how individuals learn, creates a powerful learning experience. On the water and off, Mayrene’s positive, playful and insightful coaching style empowers rowers to build on their strengths -- individually and as a team. Before launching Masters Coaching in 2002, Mayrene was Assistant Professor/Head Coach, Women’s Crew, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she successfully coached student-athletes to compete in one of the toughest leagues in the country. She is co-founder of ROWoman, one of the first U.S. rowing camps for masters women, and has coached crew at MIT in Cambridge, Mass, Northeastern University in Boston and Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass. Mayrene has received the Ernestine Bayer Award for significant contributions to women's rowing. When she is not coaching, Mayrene enjoys living on Cape Cod.

Chelsea Pemberton, Coach, Masters Coaching


Chelsea is a talented coach with superior technical skills and strong motivational capabilities. Chelsea joined the Masters Coaching team in 2006. She began rowing just before high school in the summer of 1997, and enjoyed a successful high school career, winning State championships and a gold medal at the Head of the Charles. Selected for the Junior National Team in 2001, her boat placed 5th at the Junior World Championships, held in Duisburg, Germany. Chelsea was recruited to row at the University of Tennessee, where she rowed in the Varsity 8+ all four years and helped Tennessee attend the NCAA Championships, placing 16th in 2003, 10th in 2004, and 8th in 2005. She was a three-time All-American. Since college, Chelsea has coached all levels of rowers at the Junior, Collegiate, and Masters levels. She holds a USRowing Advanced Coaching Certification, and is a Certified Personal Trainer with a specialization in behavior change. Chelsea also writes the training programs for the "Erg Inspiration" in addition to coaching several MastersCoaching clinics.



Erg Inspiration Guru

Olympian Tom Kiefer coaches at Masters Coaching camps and clinics for men and women of all levels. Tom’s coaching style is a perfect fit for Masters Coaching. He is skilled at creating easy-to-understand visuals that allow rowers to make changes easily and at explaining technical insights and suggestions from an experiential point of view. Tom’s rowing experience includes six years with the U.S. National Team. He has won three bronze medals in World Championships and in 1986 won a gold at the Goodwill Games in Moscow. Tom’s crowning achievement came in 1984 at the 23rd Olympic Games in Los Angeles, where he won a silver medal, missing out on the gold by one second. As a student, Tom was a superstar at Northeastern University, where he stepped into the stroke seat of the freshman boat and rowed it to its only Eastern Sprint title. He moved into the varsity eight as a sophomore and remained there for three years. Tom earned his degree from Northeastern in physical education. He lives in the Boston area with his family.


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