Viking Crew boasts a staff of committed, motivated, and skillful volunteer coaches who each bring a different background and set of expertise. Despite our club status, each team practice is supervised by at least one coach who keeps the crew on track with their goals and schedules. We feel very lucky and indebted to our expert coaching staff.

Denny began his rowing career as a freshman with Cleveland State in 2002. In his 8 seasons as a rower, he has amassed a wealth of awards in competition, and has served the team in various leadership positions including team captain. He has served in various coaching positions since 2006, including CSRA (Head Coach, Assistant Coach), Summer Collegiates, and WRRA Summer Rowing League. Denny began as coach for Cleveland State in Fall, 2011. Denny is USRowing Level I certified, and is certified in First Aid & CPR.


Head Coach – Denny Matheou


Coach – David Dressler

David Dressler is entering his 13th season as rowing coach for his alma mater. He is USRowing Level 2 certified, certified in First Aid & CPR and a level 3 Cleveland Rowing Foundation Coach Qualification. Dressler guided the team to its best finish at MACRA in 2010 getting two boats to finals and the Women’s Novice 4+ finishing in second place.  He coached the MV4 to Dad Vails in 2012, the WN8 to a 16th* of 50 finish at the Hooch. He coached CSU’s first Women’s Novice 8 to ever compete at Dad Vails. The WN8 finish the spring ranked 25 of 38 college rowing programs in the nation.  In Fall 2013 Head Coached the women’s team with 29 athletes (the largest # of women on the team in the team’s 14 year history), managed 2 assistant coaches while making daily training plans.  David’s boats have set team course records with the Spring 2013 WN8 8:02 at Dad Vail, the Fall 2013 WV8 with a 18:40 5k at the head of the hooch, WN8 had a 20:45 (29 of 47).  In Spring 2014 WV8 had a 2k time of 7:27 at the Cincinnati Regatta and the WN4 had a 7:56 and finished (4 of 12), and the WN8 had a 8:30 2k.

He was an oarsmen for Cleveland State from 2003-2007. He raced in his biggest race at the Head of the Charles 2006. His biggest victory was a gold medal for the mens light weight 4 at HOTO 2006. He served team roles of captain, treasurer, secretary and PR Chair.

Dressler has a great passion for rowing at CSU and volunteers his time because of the coach’s before him who volunteered to coach him when he rowed. He believes rowing helps to build strong friendships through college, to become a leader, and to get in the to the best shape of your life.

Alec has been a member of CSU Rowing since summer of 2008 and is very excited to transition from rower to coach. He hopes to continue the hard work that the team started and be a part of the hardest working and most productive club team at CSU. Alec is USRowing Level I certified, and is certified in First Aid & CPR.

Coach – Alec Phillips


Coach – Nicole Kusold

Nicole Kusold joins the Cleveland State Coaching Staff with a decade of rowing experience, including rowing on High School and Collegiate Clubs, as well several different coaching roles. As a coach, Nicole has helped foster the development of a variety of different types of rowers: from High School Rowers to Collegiate Club rowers, Coxswains and Adult Recreational Rowers (aged 21 – 65+). Nicole is excited to bring her expertise to Cleveland State Rowing and hopes to contribute to their continued success.2002-2005: Novice and Varsity Rower for Cleveland Scholastic Rowing Association

2005-2009: Lightweight Varsity Rower for Miami University Rowing Club

2007-2009: Peer coach for Miami University Rowing Club

Summer 2007 & 2008: Summer Rowing League Coach—coached 4-6 teams per week

Spring 2010: Volunteer Assistant Coach for CSRA

Fall 2010-Spring 2011: Volunteer Novice Coach for CSRA

Spring 2012 – Fall 2013: Volunteer Assistant Coach for Cleveland State Rowing Club

Cleveland Rowing Foundation Certification: CQL1 since 2007

Coaching History:

Denny Matheou Fall 05′, Fall 11′ – Present
David Dressler Fall 07′- Present
Bob Gannon Spring 14′ – Present
Erini Anthopoulos Fall 13′ – Present
George Gantner Fall 13′ – Present
Alec Phillips Fall 12′ – Present
Nicole Kusold Fall 12′ – Spring 2014
Wells Mueller Fall 12′, Fall 13′ – Present
Joe Wiencek Spring 13′
Alex Martin Spring 13′
Rob Kirian Fall 13′
Megan Wilinski Winter 12′, Spring 13′
Kacy Carmichael Fall 12′
Krystle Kulon Winter 12′
Brooks Jones Fall 11′
Kate Hanseman Fall 11′
Jon Hauserman Fall 10′- Spring 11′
Maddy Widen Fall 09′- Spring 11′
Tom Kotula Spring 10 – Spring 11′
Fall 07′- Spring 09
Ron Dorchak Fall 06′- Spring 09′
Dimitri “Dimo” Martynyuk Fall 06′- Spring 07′
Scott Spatny Fall 06′- Spring 07′
Jeremy Burnside Spring 05′
Mark SilverStein Fall 04′- Spring 06′
Nik Kottha Fall 05′
Kirsten Brust Fall 02′- Spring 04′
Chris Petryshyn Fall 2000
Dan DiAngelo (Founder) Fall 2000 – Spring 04′


Coach Archive:

Wells Mueller began rowing in high school at the Gunnery. After a successful high school career he thought his time in a boat was over, until his sister (two time U23 world champion) inspired him to get back into it. He joined the CSU club team and over two years helped develop the most successful squad in recent memory, justifying CSU’s participation in the prestigious Dad Vail regatta in Philadelphia. Wells graduated last spring and is excited to return to the team as a coach. Wells is USRowing Level I Certified.

Coach – Wells Mueller


Kacy began her began her rowing career at Cleveland Scholastic Rowing Association as a senior in high school. In college, she rowed for four years on the varsity women’s rowing team at the University of Dayton. During the summers, she participated in Cleveland Collegiate Summer Rowing program at the Cleveland Rowing Foundation. After college, she rowed for Greater Dayton Rowing Association and Western Reserve Rowing Association Master’s programs. She coached for John Carroll University from Fall ’10 to Spring ’12. During that time she served as the Hammer Ergatta Director in 2011. She became an Assistant Coach for Cleveland State University Fall ’12. Kacy is becoming US Rowing Coaching Level I certified in August 2012 and is certified in American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding, CPR, AED and First Aid.

Coach – Kacy Carmichael


Maddy Widen joined the CSU coaching staff in August 2009.  Maddy’s rowing experience started at Shaker Hts. High School and continued in College at Mercyhurst.  With over 10 years of prior rowing experience she brings with her vast knowledge of the sport of rowing.  Maddy will be a  CQL-1 Cleveland Rowing Foundation coach.  She earned a scholarship to row at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania.  There, she raced at the NCAA’s championship regatta taking 3rd place ahead of stiff competition.


Maddy Widen Assitant Coach 2009-2011


Tom Kotula Assistant Coach 2007-2011

Tom Kotula rowed for CSU from 2002-2006. He raced in his biggest race at the Head of the Charles 2006. His biggest victory was a gold medal for the light weight 4 at HOTO 2006. Tom coached from Fall of ’07 through spring of ’09. Beginning summer of ’09 he rowed from Cleveland to Key West, Fl while volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.( He has recently returned from his trip and is excited to continue coaching. He has a level 2 Cleveland Rowing Foundation Coach Qualification.
Jon Hauserman rowed for CSU from 2005-2009. He was privileged to row with both Dave and Tom for four and three seasons respectively. His biggest victory was a gold medal for the light weight four at HOTO 2006. Jon was an assistant coach for C.S.R.A. for the ’07-’08 rowing season. Jon rowed for the first two months of Tom’s Habitat for Humanity rowing trip to Florida. He has a CQL2, the Cleveland Rowing Foundation’s Coaching Qualification.

Coach Jon Hauserman Cleveland State University Rowing

Jon Hauserman Assitant Coach 2010-2011

Head Coach  Fall 2011-  Kate Hanseman

Kate Hanseman has 11 years of rowing experience and was a coxswain for The Ohio State University Varsity Women’s rowing program. She has competed in the NCAA Nationals in 2006-2008

Before her head coach position, she coached the Varsity rowers of the Cleveland Scholasitic Rowing association, a Master’s Asst Coach for Western Reserve Rowing Association and a coach for Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club from 2008-2010.

Hanseman has a great passion for rowing at CSU and volunteers her time because she believes rowing helps to build strong friendships through college, to become a leader, and to get in the to the best shape of your life.

Coach – Brooks Jones

Brooks Jones will be coaching the team this season. He was a rower 2 years ago and is very eager to help coach the team this season