Meet our Coaching Staff


Summer Skills Coach - Bella Hayward

Bella began rowing at an early agewhen she tried it out as a 6th grader. Bella was a novice rower for just a short period of time because she had natural power, rhythm and timing. She rowed for Cape Cod Rowing's Varsity team where she and her team raced and claimed many medals at venues such as the Lowell Invitational, Textile River Regatta, Massachusetts State Championships, New Hampshire Championship Regatta, Open Water Championships in Plymouth Bay, and The Head of the Charles where she was the youngest competitor on the river that year.

Bella has coached for Cape Cod Rowing for the last 4 summers and looks forward to rebuilding the team this season!

Youth Learn To Row Coach - Allison LaChance

Allison started rowing competitively as a walk-on novice her freshman year of college with the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Allison raced throughout college in fours and eights, earning her seat as stroke her second year of rowing. Allison has competed in numerous regattas in the Northeast region, including the Head of the Charles, Dad Vails Grand Finals and medaling at the New York Stage Collegiate Rowing Championships.

After her NCAA career ended, Allison stayed involved with rowing as a novice coach at McQuaid Jesuit, where she helped guide the Knights novice 8 to a first place finish at the New York State Championships in Saratoga, NY. Allison was also a part of the masters rowing community in Rochester, coaching learn-to row with the Genesee Waterways Center (GWC). Allison hopes to share her passion and knowledge of the sport with new rowers as she joins Cape Cod Rowing, Inc. this year!





Experienced Masters Coach - Niels Petiet

Niels rowed competitively for ASR Nereus in Amsterdam. The Netherlands participated in national and international regattas at the lightweight men's elite level in a 8+ sweep boat and 4x coxless quad.

Niels has been the Experienced Masters Rowing Coach since 2011, successfully coaching crews in sprint and head races, including the U.S. Rowing Masters National Championships, Textile Regatta, New Hampshire Championships, and Head of the Charles Regatta.

Adult Learn-to-Row and Novice / Intermediate Coach - Alex Machi
(This is not really Alex!)

Alex has been Head Men's & Women's Crew Coach at Massachusetts Maritime Academy since spring 2009.  Prior to Mass Maritime, he was head crew coach at Middlebury College for 13 years, and head coach and director at Florida Rowing Center for 8 years.  He also briefly coached at Union Boat Club and Harvard University as well as several stints at Craftsbury Rowing Center.   Alex has coached adult LTR and novice/intermediate rowers as well as summer college rowers at Cape Cod Rowing for the past four years.