Marc Mens has lived and gained all of his rowing experience in Michigan, where he rowed for Michigan State University for four years. His most notable race was winning the 2012 Lightweight Mens 8+ event at ACRA. Mens received a bachelor’s degree in English and a Master of Arts in education from the University of Michigan. He coached for Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, MI for about four years, aiding the women’s team to back-to-back state championship wins and finishing his time there as novice head coach. Mens has also assisted with Anthony Wayne Crew in Toledo, OH and Washtenaw Rowing Center in Ann Arbor, MI. He was also the head coach of the Women’s Varsity Soccer team at Kodiak High School where he taught for three years. Marc Mens values hard work, the technical aspects of sports physiology, load management for athletes, and especially long-term goals to help facilitate successful programs.
Jordan Villarreal was born and raised in Rockford, MI where he coxed for his high school crew team and placed fourth in the nation at the Scholastic National Regatta. He continued coxing at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in his junior and senior year. Villarreal coached Forest Hills Eastern High School in Ada, MI this past year, which made him fall in love with rowing all over again and want to continue his coaching career.
(Strength and conditioning)
Bjorn is from Bloomington, IN and attended the University of Miami (FL), graduating in 2003 with a Bachelor's in Business Administration. He was a four year varsity swimmer at the University of Miami and was team captain in his senior year. After he graduated, he discovered rowing through his older brother, who was a rower at Purdue University at the time. Bjorn joined the Lincoln Park boat club and quickly grew fond of the sport because of the competition, challenge, and friendship it offered. He later coached novice and varsity men's crew for 4 years at the University of Chicago, where the team's varsity lightweight four medaled at the Head of the Charles, Dad Vail, and ACRA.
During his time as a coach at the University of Chicago, Bjorn took prerequisite courses for Physical therapy school, and later graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago in 2014 with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Bjorn has been working at Athletico for 3 years and treats orthopedic conditions. This will be his third year with NU Crew where he coaches mostly strength and conditioning, but also helps out on the water.