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Wilmette, IL 60091-1559
 

ARC Coaches, Trainers and Staff


JOSIP STOLAR

ARC Rowing Director & Head Coach, Master’s Team Co-Captain,
USRowing Coach Level 1

Coach Josip Stolar joins the team bringing his 23 years of experience to the position of Head coach and Technical Director at ARC. Originally from Croatia, Coach Stolar started rowing at the age of 13. He had success with both sculling and sweep rowing at a highly competitive level—competing on some of rowing’s biggest stages—and has since progressed to coaching both standard and adaptive rowing. As a rower, he has competed in three World Junior Rowing Championships and represented his home country twice in the Under 23 World Rowing Championships. He has several Collegiate and National Championships to his name after his illustrious rowing career. His next goal is bringing this success to the rowers of ARC. His coaching methods have earned him excellent praise from both his rowers and their parents. His passion for the sport as well as a healthy lifestyle is more than apparent, as he is very excited to share his international expertise with rowers of all levels.

 


RON BOI

President & Co-Founder of ARC, USRowing Coach Level 2

After a successful high school rowing career at Lane Tech High School, Ron Boi stepped away from the sport during his young adult years. His passion for fitness, however, remained strong fueled by his love for cycling.  While successfully running RRB Cycles for over 35 years, he returns to his former love, crew.

Ten years ago he purchased an old wooden four+ to teach his homeschooled children the joy of rowing. It only took a quick lesson to get his form back and he was back in the swing of things, rowing with his family and former Lane Tech teammates in Fox River. After two years of recreational rowing, Ron and several other teammates decided to return to the competitive world of rowing competing in the Chicago Sprints. His success continued, as his team won the Senior Masters race at the Chicago Sprints in 2009, as well as a win at the Senior Masters head race at Rockford.

Ron Boi has not only dedicated his life to fitness, he has spent his energy passing his love for fitness on to a new generation. He has coached many cyclists to break records in their respective races, and has sent two cyclists to compete in the World Championship games. He is now turning his focus to coaching novice rowers for ARC, bringing his coaching expertise to give new ARC rowers the proper foundation for a successful rowing career.


BRIAN EASTER

ARC Program Director & Co-Founder, Assistant Coach,  Strength & Conditioning Specialist, USRowing Coach Level 2

Brian brings 23 years of experience in Corporate America along with a multi-sports background as an adolescent and Master’s athlete to the ARC program.  Starting as a youth swimmer with a High School background of Football, Gymnasts and Track & Field, Brian tried his hand at competitive Road Cycling in 1980.  In only two years, he was competing at the US National Road Racing Championship.  After a long hiatus from sports, he returned to his passion for competitive sports and said good bye to the 9-5 office scene by changing careers.  Twelve years later and 60 pounds lighter, he has revived his competitive Cycling and—with Ron Boi’s guidance—has learned to row and makes rowing his “FUN” competitive sport.

Specializing in Strength and Conditioning for athletes of all ages, he has made a study of rowing specific dryland training for the past 6+ years.  He has worked with adolescent, High School, Collegiate and Master’s rowers and continues to fine-tune his dryland program while he builds on his on the water coaching skills.

He marked his official entry into Master’s Competitive Rowing in 2013 at the Lincoln Park Sprints.  Brian says “if you don’t gain a hands-on insight into a specific sports discipline, you can’t deliver the best results for the athlete. That’s why I now row competitively”.


NEIL SHAPIRO

Assistant Coach & Team Trainer

Neil Shapiro is a physical therapist employed by Athletico Physical Therapy. He specializes in treating athletes involved in Endurance sports such as rowing, cycling and running. Neil is a life-long endurance enthusiast, his passion beginning with track and cross country in the sixth grade and enduring into his adulthood as he frequently trains for marathons and 100+ mile bike rides. But his love for running lead to his immersion into a more intense endurance sport, crew, with the Ithaca College Men’s crew team in New York. As he worked his way up through the boats he accrued many awards consisting of multiple medals and grand final finishes at a variety of championships and state rowing events.

His love for the sport shows through his lasting dedication to it. Neil now teaches and rehabilitates all kinds of rowers—young and old—in the Northshore area. As a rower he believes that there is nothing better than being on the water and there is no injury or hardship that one can’t push through for his or her team. As a therapist he understands what needs to be done to prevent injuries and get an athlete back after an injury as quickly and safely as possible to ensure that his athlete’s stay healthy and out of the waiting room. As a coach, he would like to pass along these two sentiments and all he can provide from his experiences on and off the water as a rower.


PAULA ZIMMERMAN

Services Director, Volunteer Coordinator, Press & Media Advisor,
ARC Board Member

With a diverse background as an Advertising Sales Executive, Paula brings real-world experience for managing ongoing communications with the Press, Media and local community special interest groups.Additionally, with her volunteer work, fund raising and project coordination in the local community, her role as Volunteer coordinator gives ARC a major advantage in achieving short and long-term club goals.

Paula’s son, Henry, is a Boys U19 Competitive Team Co-Captain and Sculling Instructor for ARC.  “Ziggy”, as he is affectionately referred to within the ARC family, will graduate from New Trier in 2014.   His sculling and sweep rowing skills are exceptional and he is the quintessential rowing “natural”.  Ziggy began his crew career as a Freshman with rowing powerhouse New Trier prior to joining ARC in Spring of 2012.

In her own words: “Volunteering is very important to me as a way to give back to my immediate community and to other communities in need.  When my children were young, I was given the advice to volunteer for organizations that had meaning to my children as well as to me, personally.  My son has been an avid rower and sculler for several years. I look forward to coordinating the parent volunteers at Alliance Rowing Club to honor the commitment he makes to his sport.”


TAYLOR DORSEY

Assistant Coach

 

Taylor hails from the great state of Texas and has just recently moved to Chicago.  
Growing up she played almost every sport her small town offered, but the only thing 
that stuck for more than a season was dance.  After 16 years of non-stop rehearsals 
and recitals, Taylor went to college and was faced with the reality that her build was 
not meant to become a prima ballerina.  After listening to her friend bug her about 
joining crew for her entire freshman year, she finally decided to give it a shot. 
In the spring of 2011 Taylor began her rowing career with Texas Crew.  The 
following fall she joined the University of Texas Novice Women’s Rowing team and 
moved up to the Varsity squad the next spring.  She got the chance to travel the 
country with her team and represent the University of Texas in the most amazing 
way she could imagine. After her time with Texas was done, she began competing 
with Austin Rowing Club and coaching recreational crew at Texas Rowing Center. 
Taylor has a Bachelors of Kinesiology with a Minor in Education and an Emphasis in 
Coaching.  Her love for sports and community continue to drive her everyday life.  
She believes that her athletes should always strive to improve physically, mentally 
and in character throughout their involvement in sports.  When she’s not coaching 
or rowing, Taylor enjoys coffee, acting like an 8 yr. old and running outside.  She is 
also a proud supporter of snail mail and warm hugs.

Taylor hails from the great state of Texas and has just recently moved to Chicago. Growing up she played almost every sport her small town offered, but the only thing that stuck for more than a season was dance. After 16 years of non-stop rehearsals and recitals, Taylor went to college and was faced with the reality that her build was not meant to become a prima ballerina.  After listening to her friend bug her about joining crew for her entire freshman year, she finally decided to give it a shot. 

In the spring of 2011 Taylor began her rowing career with Texas Crew.  The following fall she joined the University of Texas Novice Women’s Rowing team and moved up to the Varsity squad the next spring. She got the chance to travel the country with her team and represent the University of Texas in the most amazing way she could imagine. After her time with Texas was done, she began competing with Austin Rowing Club and coaching recreational crew at Texas Rowing Center. Taylor has a Bachelors of Kinesiology with a Minor in Education and an Emphasis in Coaching.  Her love for sports and community continue to drive her everyday life. She believes that her athletes should always strive to improve physically, mentally and in character throughout their involvement in sports.  When she’s not coaching or rowing, Taylor enjoys coffee, acting like an 8 year old and running outside.  She is also a proud supporter of snail mail and warm hugs.

 


Bill Schaudt

Assistant Coach

Bill got his start in Tampa Florida as a coxswain, rower, and coach. He graduated from the University of Tampa in 2000 with a 4 year stint on the varsity rowing team where he and his crews were FIRA and conference champions in '97, '98 and '99 and SIRA champions in 1998. While there he also coached for the Tampa Rowing Club masters and learn to row program, and was a part time coach for the Plant High School rowing team. After graduating he became the head coach for Tampa Prep High School where he lead them to their most successful season in over 10 years. In 2001 Bill became the head men's coach for the University of Tampa. Over a 5 year period he coached crews to several FIRA and SIRA championships.

In 2006 he moved back to the Chicago area and began sculling and coaching with LPBC and in 2009, settled in as the freshman women’s coach for Northwestern University. During the 7 years he was there, his crews had winning seasons every year. Highlights included a National Championship win in the freshman 4 in 2009, a National Championship final in the freshman 4 in 2010, and a National Championship final in the freshman 8 in 2014.

With over 18 years of experience, he’s coached everyone from learn to row junior high students to highly competitive collegiate athletes to senior veteran masters rowers and everyone inbetween. Each of these groups require different types of training and Bill is able to adapt his coaching to fit the needs of the group that is put in front of him.