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Geoffrey Sadek - Head Coach
Geoff has been involved in rowing for 9 years. He began rowing at Forest Hills Northern in the spring of 2004 during his junior year. He spent the following two summers rowing in a competitive summer program in the Grand Rapids area. Geoff attended Grand Valley State University where he stroked the Varsity 8+ for 4 years, twice competed at the Royal Henley Regatta in Henley-on-Thames, England, and spent one summer in the senior development camp at Vesper Rowing Club in Philadelphia. He graduated from GVSU in 2009 with a BS in Biomedical Sciences. For the last three years he coached the Grand Valley Freshmen men, with one bronze medalist Lightweight 8 and one 4th place Heavyweight 8 in the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia. He comes back to the Forest Hills program with the intention of providing guidance and structure to a historied program to bring it to the next level.
Nichole began her rowing career at Northern Michigan University, after two years of being a scholarship volleyball player at Henry Ford Community College. After her novice season she transferred to Grand Valley State University, where she double majored in Psychology and Criminal Justice. While rowing at GVSU, she won two National Championships, and was invited to the Under 23 National Team Identification Camp, and placed 3rd at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta. In her senior season, Nichole was honored as a 1st Team All-American athlete at the ACRA National Championships, in Gainesville, GA. Nichole comes to the FHC rowing program fresh from the fires of national-caliber collegiate training in her first year coaching rowing.
Kris joined the FHC Crew Team in 2004 as a freshman and continued to row through all four years of his high school career. Kris was part of the 2005 and 2006 State Championship teams, earning top medals in both championships. In 2005, Kris rowed in the first FHC Men’s boat to win a medal at the Midwest Championships. After graduating FHC in 2007, Kris periodically came back to help out with the team. During the 2009 season, Kris became a regular with the team and has since taken over the reins as coach for the Men’s Novice squad. Kris is a graduate of Grand Valley State University.
Todd joined the FHC Rowing program, first as a volunteer in 2011 then Boosters Board Member through 2014, as his children began the sport. Todd was a high school and collegiate swimmer at Grand Rapids Junior (Community) College, swimming in the National Championships in 1989. Todd and Head Coach Geoff Sadek together began the winter training program two years ago, and 2015 will mark the 2nd year coaching with the team. Todd was an Assistant Coach with the Varsity Men in 2014 and in Spring of 2015, Todd will join the Coaches Olivia Doezema and Hannah Ensing and their successful program as an Assistant Coach with the Novice Ladies.
Hannah joined the FHC crew team as a freshman in the Fall of 2007 and continued to row until she graduated in 2011. Hannah couldn't stay away from her favorite team and sport so she returned to the FHC rowing team in 2013 as an assistant coach for the novice women. The following year she took over as the novice women's head coach. Hannah is a student at Grand Valley State University and will graduate in the spring of 2016.
Olivia joined the FHC crew team as a freshman in 2007 and continued to row all four years of high school. Olivia's love for the sport and team lead her back after she graduated. She now coaches along side Hannah Ensing, a former teammate, and Todd Fischer. Olivia is a student at Grand Valley State University and will graduate in the spring of 2017.