Conference Schedule and Keynote Speakers
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Mike Teti - Born in Upper Darby, Pa., Teti rowed at St. Joseph’s University and started his coaching career in 1982 at Temple University, leading his crews to six titles in seven years at the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia. In 1989, he began a stint as freshman coach at Princeton University, where his freshman eights won IRA titles four times. Teti was named the U.S. head men’s coach after the 1996 Olympic Games, where he coached the lightweight men’s four to a bronze medal. In the 2000 Olympic Games, all of his sweep boats qualified for the finals, with the men’s pair capturing the silver medal.
Teti is the only men’s eight coach in U.S. history to win three consecutive world championship titles (1997-99), a feat that earned him three consecutive USRowing National Coach of the Year honors. At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Teti directed the men’s eight, stroked by Volpenhein, to a world record in its heat and an eventual gold medal, marking the first time the United States captured the men’s eight since 1964. He went on to coach the U.S. men’s eight to a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, before joining the coaching staff at the University of California. He returned to the Olympic stage in 2012 to coach the U.S. men’s eight in London. U.S. national team crews produced 28 total medals under Teti’s guidance.
As a rower, Teti was a 12-time national team member and three-time Olympian. From 1977-93, he won 24 national titles, a silver medal at the 1979 Pan American Games in the four, and bronze and gold in the eight at the World Rowing Championships (1985 and 1987). He also won bronze in the eight at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul.
Teti received the USRowing Medal in 2008, the highest honor that the organization can bestow. In 2010, he was inducted into the National Rowing Hall of Fame as the coach of the gold medal-winning 2004 men’s eight, becoming one of only a few people to be inducted into the Hall of Fame as both a coach and an athlete.
Alex McKenzie - Alex McKenzie is currently employed by High Performance Sport New Zealand as the Manager of the Coach Accelerator Programme, which aims to develop coaches who are capable of coaching World and/or Olympic Champions. Alex has been in this role since the programme's inception in 2009, and since that time over 60 high performance coaches from 17 sports have participated in the three-year programme. Many of New Zealand’s most notable high performance coaches are included amongst the graduates of the programme, and several of these have taken up high performance roles in Australia, Africa, the UK, Europe and Canada. Coaches from the programme have coached athletes and teams that have won numerous Olympic & Commonwealth Games medals, World Championships and World Cups.
Alex spent five years in British Columbia, where he completed his MA and PhD in Sport Psychology from the University of Victoria. Upon his return to New Zealand he taught at Otago University's School of Physical Education for ten years before taking up roles with the Highlanders and Hurricanes Professional Rugby Franchises. He was an inaugural Board Member of the New Zealand Academy of Sport South Island, and has been a mental skills consultant to numerous high performance athletes and teams for over 20 years.
He has been an active coach for over 25 years at various levels in both rugby and cricket.
Jennifer Walinga - An educator for 30 years, and former member of Canada’s Commonwealth, World and Olympic gold medal rowing teams (1983 to 1992), Dr. Jennifer Walinga draws on her personal, professional, and educational experiences when facilitating problem solving and leadership processes in organizations. Walinga blends organizational, educational, and sport theories in designing communication, change and performance interventions in organizations. She is an award-winning researcher focusing all of her projects on the central theme of optimal human performance. Her research interests include organizational communication, team dynamics, creative insight, social innovation, workplace health, sport education and high performance. Walinga is currently working on culture building projects in the spheres of sport, women in leadership, and workplace health. She is a mother of three and an active member of the athletic and educational communities in Victoria.
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