Tempe Junior Crew coaches are an elite group for an Arizona juniors rowing team. Our coaches have life-long passions for rowing and have competed and coached on multiple competitive levels.
Dr. Ryan Krch, Head Coach and Program Director
Coach Ryan Krch was initially a self-taught rower and started in the sport in July 1993. In December of 2009, he completed his USRowing Level I Coaching certification and Level II in 2012.
After joining Rio Salado Rowing Club (RSRC) in 1997, he was coached by Bulgarian Olympian Iskra Balchev in sculling technique. He was asked to join the club’s Board of Directors, working primarily on the boathouse committee, regatta development, and fundraising. Coach Ryan became the regatta director and developed what eventually became the Hot Head Regatta and the Desert Sprints. He started coaching for RSRC in 2002. In that same year, he launched RSRC’s first Junior Program. He has served as President of RSRC.
In the fall of 2009, Coach Ryan was asked to join Tempe Junior Crew to work with the novice juniors. His novice quad took Bronze at the prestigious and very competitive Brentwood Regatta in 2010. This quad went on to be the first novice TJC quad to qualify for the finals at SW Regionals.
In the summer of 2010, he became the head coach for Brophy College Preparatory Crew. He headed the Brophy program for 2-1/2 years. This program went from start-up to qualifying and competing at Nationals in 2 years, beating the prior mark for Arizona Junior Rowing programs by 3 years
In 2003, he stroked the men’s eight to a 3rd place finish in the B age group event at the San Diego Crew Classic; the largest west coast regatta. Also in 2003, he and his crew took gold in the Men’s 4+ at USRowing SW Masters Regionals. He was the 2009 and 2010 USRowing SW Regional Gold Medalist for the men’s single in his age group.
Coach Ryan coached his RSRC master’s crew at the highly-competitive 2010 SW Regionals. They took home more medals than any previous regional competition they competed in. He also competed at US Rowing Master’s Nationals and at the prestigious Head of the Charles in Boston, MA 3 times.
Coach Ryan is a naturopathic physician in clinical practice for 10+ years and brings a strong emphasis on injury prevention, team development, sports nutrition, and sports psychology. He currently consults on health issues for private businesses and the public sector.
Kaitlyn Tierney, Developmental Team Coach
Coach Kaitlin Tierney started rowing in 2010 at McLean High School in McLean, Virginia. Her novice 4 came in third at the Virginia State Championships. As a Junior she moved up to the Varsity Lightweight 8. Her boat placed first at Virginia State Championships, third at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta, and third at Scholastic Nationals in Camden, New Jersey. In her Senior year she also placed first at the Virginia State Championships in the Varsity Lightweight 8. In the 2012 Mid Atlantic Erg Sprints, she placed second in the Lightweight Junior Women’s 20-minute row and third in the Lightweight Junior Women’s 1500-meter events.
Kaitlyn became a member of the Arizona State University women’s crew club in 2013, and has raced in boats from a women’s pair to varsity 8. In 2015 she became the vice president of the women’s team and continues to compete in local and west coast regattas.