Travis Hillier

(Assistant Coach)


Travis was introduced to rowing in his home town of Dallas, TX while a junior in high school. He continued his rowing career in 2010 when he joined Northwestern crew as a sophomore. After a successful three years with NU, culminating in a summer of rowing in Philadelphia at the Penn AC, Travis returned to NU Crew in the fall of 2013 as the Novice Men's Coach. After two and a half years growing NU's novice rowers, Travis was elevated to the Varsity Men's Coach position, and looks forward to developing varsity rowers for years to come. In addition to his role at Northwestern, Travis serves as the Captain of the Men's competitive crew at the Chicago Rowing Foundation.




Shannon is a graduate student in the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. In 2018, she graduated from Boston College, where she rowed on the women’s Division I team.

Bjorn Boquist

(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.