Our Coaches

Steve McCarthy

Director of Rowing

Steve McCarthy joins the Foundry as Director of Rowing after spending the previous two years at the George Washington University.  He works with all rowing programming here at the Foundry – whether it’s our summer small boat program, learn-to-row, Cleveland Foundry Juniors, St. Ed’s, SUP sculling – you name it! You are more likely to find him in a launch than in his office.


During his time at GW the team achieved historically high program-wide finishes at the IRA National Championship.  Steve has spent his last 10 summers coaching with the USRowing U19 National Team at all levels, including the 2018 World Championships, 5 CanAmMex regattas, and numerous USRowing High Performance Teams. With the USRowing National Team, Steve has worked with both sweepers and scullers – the CanAmMex 4x from 2019 also went on to represent the United States at the World Championships in Tokyo, Japan.


Prior to GW, he spent the greater part of 2017 working with the Dartmouth Lightweights. At Dartmouth, McCarthy coached the 2v, 3v, and 4v eights to outplace their seeding at Eastern Sprints. In 2016, while leading Three Rivers Junior Rowing, the Women’s Youth 4+ were Head of the Charles Regatta Champions.


Steve brings a wealth of experience at the collegiate, junior, and national team level. He has coached youth athletes through all levels of engagement – learn-to-row, novices, recreational, performance, and national team competition. Steve is an expert at guiding young athletes through the college recruiting process.


Before he began coaching Steve rowed for Northeastern University – earning a seat in the Varsity 8+ for three years straight and the 1st Freshman 8+. He began his rowing career at Fox Chapel Area High School in Pittsburgh, PA.

Coach Alyssa Trebilcock

Cleveland Foundry Juniors

Head Coach

Alyssa Trebilcock began rowing in 2009 for The Cleveland Foundry Juniors, then named CSRA (Cleveland Scholastic Rowing Association). Alyssa graduated from Cleveland’s Gilmour Academy  in 2010 and went on to attend Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. While there, she walked-on to the Women’s Rowing team. Her determination paid off as she went on to earn four trips to the NCAA Championship, three being in the Varsity Eight, resulting in two bronze medals. Alyssa has earned recognition as a top finisher in several events at the Head of the Charles Regatta and has garnered several accolades from the ECAC and Liberty League rowing conferences.


Currently Alyssa is the Head Coach at The Foundry and Registered Yoga Teacher. She brings her rowing experience and background in yoga into all levels of programming. 

Coach Amber Douglas

Middle School Team

Introductory Coach

Amber Douglas began rowing in 2011 for The Cleveland Foundry Juniors, then named CSRA (Cleveland Scholastic Rowing Association). Amber graduated from Cleveland’s Lincoln West High School in 2014 and went on to attend Cleveland State University. After six successful seasons in the boat, she has pursued her passion for the sport as a coach since 2014. Amber is now the Foundry’s Introductory Coach, empowering our youth athletes through the positive and constructive sport of rowing.

The Foundry: Rowing Center

1831 Columbus Road

Cleveland, OH. 44113

The Foundry: Sailing Center

Historic Coast Guard Station

1000 Cuyahoga River Road

Cleveland, OH. 44113

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