MEET THE COACHES
Sally Machin
​Growing up in Ontario, Sally experienced success as a rower at the high school, club, and collegiate levels. She won the women's pair at the Canadian High School Rowing Championship her senior year of high school. For the Ottawa Rowing Club, she brought home three Royal Canadian Henley U23 gold medals, as well as placing second in the youth and club fours at Head of the Charles. Earning a scholarship at Boston University, she was able to help win the collegiate championship women's four at Head of the Charles.​​

After BU, Sally attended the National University for Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. She now works at Natura Medica in Mystic.
Boys Varsity Coach
John rowed four years at the University of Rhode Island. He also was invited to the U.S. Lightweight Development Camp and competed at USRowing Nationals.​​​​​​

After an athletic career of triathlons, marathons, and ultras, John returned to the sport and rows with Riverfront Recapture today. He is also a founding member of Friends of URI Crew and served on the board at Noank Rowing Club. 
John Thornell
Girls Varsity Coach
Coach Yarnall joined SHS Crew in the fall of 2015. He played college basketball for Tufts University and has sculled for the past three years with the Mystic River Rowers.​​​​​​​​

A special education teacher in the Stonington Schools for the last 20 years, Bruce currently works with 7th grade students at Stonington Middle School.

His coaching efforts will focus on teaching our rowers about the sport and developing their form and strength.
Bruce Yarnall
Girls JV Coach
Gabbey LaChance
​An alumni of the Stonington Crew program in 2003, Gabbey coxed at UConn for four years. After college, she coached at UConn and continued rowing at Riverfront Recapture.

Today Gabbey is a special education teacher at Stonington Middle School where she coaches Unified Sports and the girl's basketball team. 
Novice Coach