Mollie Manson, Head Coach

Mollie Manson comes to NSC with years of competitive rowing and coaching experience. In 2004, Mollie started her rowing career at Forest Hills Northern High School, in Grand Rapids, MI. She continued on to row at the collegiate level for Grand Valley State University, where she to earned three consecutive National Championship titles.

Mollie later returned to Grand Rapids to coach her former high school team, Forest Hills Northern. During her two years at FHN, the team grew to nearly 100 athletes, and had two consecutive all-time best seasons in team history; the team’s successes include earning two State Championship titles, various team points trophies, and placing in the top 10 at the Canadian Schoolboy. Mollie reluctantly parted ways with FHN Rowing to move to Chicago in 2015.

Mollie believes that high school rowing is a method to improve athleticism, while effectively teaching the importance of teamwork and accountability.

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Josh Karney, Assistant Coach

Josh rowed competitively at Mercyhurst University where he graduated in 2004. Post-college Josh rowed with Lincoln Park Boat Club where he competed in both lightweight and open weight events. Josh medaled twice at the Head of the Charles as well as at USRowing Masters Nationals. Josh also assisted in coaching NSC for several years, during which he helped the Junior Rowers complete in national championships. Josh returned to Pennsylvania as Assistant Coach at Mercyhurst focusing on the men’s lightweight program and the NCAA Division II women’s team. Josh is excited to be back in Chicago and on the water again with NSC. When not coaching Josh can be found with his two dogs in his South Loop neighborhood.

Bridget Bourbon, Assistant Coach

Bridget began her rowing career with NSC while she attended Woodlands Academy from 2009 - 2013. Bridget continued to row at Syracuse Univ. until she switched to competitive rugby. She rekindled her enthusiasm for rowing and returned to NSC as an assistant coach. Bridget graduated from Loyola Univ. Chicago with a BA in economics in 2017 and now owns and operates a stone fabrication company in Buffalo Grove, IL.