Meet the Coaches
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Jim Hibbs has been an active member of the rowing community for over 50 years. Originally from Newfoundland, Canada, Jim has raced with and coached highly competitive crews at the international level, and brings a wide variety of experience and expertise to rowing in Chattanooga. Today, as an active member of Lookout Rowing Club, Jim can often be found spending his early mornings on the water with his wife, Dr. Siobhan Duff.
Lauren Simpson began rowing as a sophomore in high school. She served as team captain, competed in the Women's Youth 4x at the 2013 Youth National Championships, and graduated from Notre Dame High School in 2013. From there, she went on to compete for two years at The University of Tulsa on the Women's Rowing team. When not coaching, Lauren works diligently as a nursing student, slated to graduate in May 2020. She has been coaching at CJR since 2015.
Summer Program Director
David Hall began rowing at CJR as a freshman in high school. During his time with the program, he served as team captain and competed at Youth Nationals in a Lightweight 2x in 2009 and a Lightweight 1x in 2010. He graduated from Grace Baptist Academy in 2010. Coach David has spent time coaching at CJR, Nashville Rowing, and is currently the Head Coach for Girls Preparatory School. Summer 2020 will be his second year conducting a summer camp at CJR.
Connor Nash began rowing for CJR as an 8th grader. He competed at Youth Nationals in a quad in 2012 and 2014, earning a bronze in 2014 in the Men's 2- (with his twin brother as his partner). Following his time as CJR, Connor was a four-year competitive rower at Gonzaga University. He returns to Chattanooga working as an engineer at Volkswagen Chattanooga. He spends most of his coaching hours at the adult Learn-to-Row at Lookout Rowing, but enjoys helping out at the juniors program whenever he can.
Kace began rowing at CJR as a junior in high school. Following his graduation from Chattanooga Junior Rowing in 2018, Kace began working as an assistant coach for the program. He is currently enrolled at UTC and is studying to become a social worker.
Ryan Worth began rowing at CJR as a form of rehab following a football injury. After his graduation from Notre Dame High School in 2005, Ryan went on to be highly competitive at UTK. From there, Ryan continued pursuing the sport by rowing across the Atlantic Ocean and by serving as an assistant coach at Atomic and Stetson University. He has coached domestic and international All-American Rowing Camps and is currently serving his third year as the Head Coach of UTC Rowing.
Katie is in her first year of coaching with CJR. She began rowing in Huntsville, AL her sophomore year of high school. She continued to row at the University of Rhode Island where she made three NCAA appearances. She also served as team captain for her junior and senior years. Katie is thrilled to be involved in the rowing community here in Chattanooga while she also works at completing her EdS degree in school psychology at UTC.