Travis Hillier (Varsity Men's 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.
Cailyn Hudspeth (Varsity Women's Coach)
Cailyn rowed extensively while attending Boston University as a Communications and Advertising student. While rowing on the Division I team, she was a CRCA National Scholar Athlete, and received the Scholar Athlete Award with the highest team GPA in 2017. Cailyn joined Northwestern Crew during the Fall '17 season, and now coaches the varsity women's team while also providing video analysis and coaching for the entire team. Cailyn is also currently a graduate student in the Medill School of Journalism, pursuing a Masters of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications.
Drew Coleman (Novice men's Coach)
Drew first made contact with the sport at the end of the summer of 2015, when he was looking for a place to live. A room opened up near Louisiana State University's campus, and the two roommates he would be living with mentioned that they were on the rowing team. Drew didn't think much of this until he abruptly woke up at 5 a.m. to the sound of slamming doors and cabinets. He angrily decided to attend the practices because there was no way he could fall back asleep, but he immediately became hooked to the sport and the culture. Drew stuck with the team until he graduated in December 2016, after which he spent two months rowing with the New Orleans Rowing Club. He was then hired by the Lake Washington Rowing Club in Seattle to teach adults how to row. Wanting more out of the coaching experience, he decided to leave LWRC and is now coaching the novice mens team of NU Crew.
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.
Kyle Aldrich (Novice women's coach)
Kyle began rowing as a freshman at Northwestern in 2012. During his time with the team, his boat was on the podium including a first place finish at the ACRA National Championships his junior year. He also rowed with the Lincoln Park Boat Club for a year, during which he learned to scull. He is looking forward to introducing the novice class to the sport.
Kyle will be finishing his degree in Mechanical Engineering in December and plans to go into consumer product development as a design engineer.