ZLAC Coaches

"A coach is someone who always makes you do what you don’t want to do so you can be who you’ve always wanted to be."

AUDREY SANCHEZ

Rowing Program Director

Audrey started rowing after walk on tryouts at Western Washington University in the late 80’s. She rowed as a lightweight and in open weight events. She practiced, rain or shine, on the glacier fed waters of Lake Samish near Bellingham, WA. Audrey graduated from WWU with a bachelors degree in Human Services. She has been rowing with the ZLAC Masters since 2012 and started coaching the Juniors and Masters in 2014. She has also coached Little League baseball and youth soccer. In addition to coaching, Audrey is a mom and the Director of Digital Marketing for a real estate brokerage.

CHRIS SHANNON

Head Masters Coach

A member of ZLAC since 2003, Chris first started rowing at the Mission Bay Rowing Association and has always been a club rower. Shortly after learning to scull, Chris was invited to sweep row with SD Police Crew, USD women varsity, and then MBRA Competitive Women’s team. She raced for over 25 years, winning gold medals at Women’s, Masters and FISA nationals in all rowing disciplines. Chris has has taught rowing for MBAC and SDRC, coached at MBRA, and with UCSD Women’s Crew. She has run many local regattas, served on SDCC and MBRA Boards, and has been a USRA Referee for more than ten years. In 2014, after retiring from finance, she started to coach at ZLAC. She is very excited to be working with a great club and wonderful women.

LAUREN NIELSEN

Junior Coach

Lauren was the Junior Womens Head Novice Coach and the Assistant Junior Varsity Womens Coach at Cathedral Catholic High School. Prior to CCHS Lauren coached at the Oakland Strokes Rowing Club, where she also rowed as a junior, in their Outreach, Youth and Adaptive Rowing Programs.

Lauren rowed for the NCAA Division I San Diego State University Aztecs from 2012 to 2014. Lauren was medically retired in 2014 due to injury. She is currently attending San Diego State as a Social Science major.

ALEX TORQUEMADA

Learn to Row and Masters Coach

Alex coached with Humboldt Bay Rowing Association and has coaching experience in sculling, learn to row and junior coaching.

Her freshman and sophomore years at college, Alex rowed varsity for NCAA Division II Humboldt State University Lumberjacks. In 2011 she earned an NCAA Division II National Championship with the Lumberjacks in the varsity 8, upsetting Western Washington University’s 7 year reign as Division II Champs.

Her junior and senior years Alex enjoyed a well decorated rowing career as University of Kansas Jayhawk, an NCAA Division I and Big 12 Conference school where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Global & International Studies with a minor in psychology.

Audrey Sanchez

Audrey Sanchez

Chris Shannon

Chris Shannon

Lauren Nielsen

Lauren Nielsen

Alex Torquemada

Alex Torquemada