A local Houstonian, Mike Matson had never experienced rowing until his first summer at the United States Naval Academy. During "Plebe Summer," all incoming freshmen pull a 500-m piece for time. Pulling sub-1:25, he was invited to join the freshmen team and later the JV team as he rowed with Navy for 3 years. Graduate school brought him back to Rice, and you can find Mike screaming at rowers (either at Rice or many of the instructional clinics he coaches around town), passed out on the floor at Atomic CrossFit, or at the zoo with his wife, Samantha, and kids, Morgan and Cooper.
Rachel Henderson began her rowing career by walking onto the University of Alabama's varsity women's team her freshman year. She fell in love with the sport, and continued rowing throughout her undergrad, while majoring in Aerospace Engineering. She graduated from Alabama in 2016 and is now pursuing a Professional Science Master's degree in Space Studies at Rice. She's looking forward to spending some of her newfound free time helping coach Rice Crew.
Nick Russell began rowing at Georgia Tech in the fall of 2009 and fell in love with the sport the moment he stepped foot into a boat. He rowed on the Chattahoochee River for the next three years when he eventually succumbed to the pressures of Aerospace Engineering. Now graduated, Nick enjoys cycling, rowing, and waking up early on Saturdays to go to the Bayou.
Philippe, a Seattle, Washington native, started his rowing career when he was 13 years old at his local club team, Green Lake Crew. The highlight of his high school rowing career was winning a medal at Head of the Charles in 2009. In college, he rowed with the University of Washington for two years, where he earned his undergraduate degrees in Political Economy and International Studies. Philippe moved to Houston in the summer of 2016, currently working full time in Investment Banking with Macquarie Group. He is excited to contribute his talents in developing the future of Rice University's crew team. You will find Philippe in the outdoors or traveling in his free time.
Sandy is a Houston native who earned her undergraduate degree in Physical Geography from the University of Texas at Austin where she was also introduced to rowing. After serving as a coxswain to the UT women's team, Sandy took to recreational sculling. Currently a Professional MBA student at Rice - Jones Graduate School of Business and working full time for BHP Billiton, she still strives to find time for things she truly enjoys. These hobbies include hanging upside down in aerial yoga, traveling to foreign places to learn about different cultures, and being on the water!
Therese began rowing as a freshmen at Stetson University and continued when she transferred to Emory University. Therese fell in love with coaching crew and was Emory's novice women’s coach for 2 years, until grad school lured her away to Rice. She is now in Rice's Ecology and Evolutionary Biology PhD program and enjoys coaching with Rice Crew and is excited to see the club grow. She spends her summers in Central Africa where she works in tropical forests. When she's not waist deep in swamp forests in Africa, Therese enjoys running with her dog Maple, boyfriend Nick, her neighbors, or pretty much anyone else she can sucker into running.