Off the Water

get to know our coaches

Yaz Farooq, Women's Head Coach

What do you do with your time away from the boathouse?

There hasn’t been a lot so far as you might imagine. I’m honestly trying to do my best to stay fit. There is an awesome cardio deck above the weight room. Our team lifts in two back to back groups, so I usually sneak in a workout during group one’s cooldown and group two’s warmup.

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Michael Callahan, Men's Head Coach

Where did you grow up?

My father was in the Navy so we moved all over the U.S. I was born in Honolulu, HI, and we moved around from Idaho Falls, Norfolk Virginia, San Diego, Mystic, CT, and the Kitsap Peninsula before settling in the D.C. area where I went to Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, VA. Jirka Zapatal and Bob Ernst recruited me to the UW. That was the first place I chose to go so I consider Seattle my home.

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Josh Gautreau, Women's Asst. Coach & Lead Recruiter

If you could choose one outdoor activity (besides rowing) in Seattle what would it be and where would you go?

Climbing mountains in the North Cascades. This is by far my favorite endeavor outside of rowing and coaching. I find the challenges to be one in the same—pursuing big goals through hard work and perseverance.

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Matt Rung, Men's 1st Asst. Coach & Recruiting Coordinator

If you could choose one outdoor activity (besides rowing) in Seattle what would it be and where would you go?

Go-kart racing. It’s exciting and it requires me to focus and push myself to perform. To do it well, you have to push the limits of the vehicle and be aggressive. But you also have to be smart enough to work the corners and use physics to make you faster. There’s an outdoor karting track 45 or so minutes from Seattle.  I’d go there, and I’d want it to be pouring rain.

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