Convention L2 Instructors

Level 2 (L2) Certification at the USRowing Annual Convention is a two-day hands-on program for coaches who have completed Level 1, have been coaching for about a year, or have rowed in college or at a club for four years. This program is the standard bearer for coaching certification and provides the essential credential for anyone serious about making his or her career in coaching.

L2 Certification is the fundamental “go-to” training for coaches who will be assistants and new head coaches at the high school and college level. Serious about coaching? Get serious about L2 Certification – register now!


Make the most of your time in San Diego by bundling multiple programs, and save on the total costs. Bundling is easy! Simply add the programs to your cart, and the applicable discounts will be automatically included at checkout.

Coaching Development Bundle– Save $150 when adding the Advanced Coaches Conference to your Level 2 Certification registration.

DeDe Birch

DeDe Birch is the rowing manager for Sacramento State Aquatic Center. She assists in the management of Capital Crew, masters rowing, and the Sac State men’s rowing programs.

Birch also is a part of SAC’s lead team for hosting special events such as IRAs, NCAAs, Pac-12s, and more. She is the regatta director for the Head of the American and Gold Rush Masters Regatta. 

Birch holds a masters in kinesiology emphasizing skill acquisition and sports sociology. She has been involved with USRowing at a variety of levels over the past 40 years including the lightweight women’s committee, diversity and inclusion task force, rules committee, and coaching education. She loves the opportunity to learn from, and help expand the knowledge of, fellow rowing enthusiasts.

Larry Laszlo

Larry Laszlo began his rowing career at Cornell University when he ducked under an oar entering the physical education building on campus his freshman year.

After rowing for four years at Cornell, Laszlo became the head crew coach at Liverpool High School. He would coach there for nine years before moving up to become freshman coach at Syracuse University.

From 1982-1991, Laszlo coached and learned under the guidance of an icon of eastern rowing, Bill Sanford. During the summer of 1989, Laszlo and Val Ferme coached the United States Junior Men’s National Team that competed at the junior world championships in Szeged, Hungary.

In 1992, Laszlo ventured off to Jacksonville University to coach the JU varsity men and women. He returned to the Northeast to work full time for the United States Rowing Association as the Northeast Field Service Coordinator until 1995, when he returned to coaching and teaching at Liverpool High School.

After 30 years at Liverpool, Laszlo retired from teaching and coaching four years ago and began a Freedom Rows program supported by the Syracuse VA, Chargers Rowing Club, Syracuse University and USRowing. In addition to the the Freedom Rows program, Laszlo is back as a volunteer coach with the Syracuse University men’s rowing program.

Michael Shannon

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Michael Shannon’s specialties include training program design, biomechanics and athlete evaluation to optimize performance.  He started working with USRowing in 1995 in coaching education, combining coaching experience and his sport science background.  Shannon completed post graduate research on elite athlete performance at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Deutsche Sporthochschule Koln and International Olympic Training Centers and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from San Diego State University.

Shannon joined the U.S. Olympic Committee as a sports performance consultant in 1994 and was later promoted to Senior Sports Physiologist. He works with elite athletes from a wide variety of sports, specializing in endurance sports, from both summer and winter sports training for National and World competitions, including the Olympic Games and Pan American Games. Shannon serves as a member of the Olympic team staff for numerous Olympic Games to help support Team USA.  Before working with the Olympic Committee, Shannon served as Head Men’s’ Rowing Coach for the University of California, San Diego from 1985-93.  Prior to joining UCSD, Shannon worked for the Naval Health Research Center as a research physiologist from 1991-94.  In that position, he supported projects requested by the Navy to improve combat performance and survivability of military personnel.

Currently, Shannon provides athlete performance services at the US Olympic Training Site in Chula Vista.  Shannon provides consulting services to college/club rowing programs interested in sustained competitive performance and teaches in the graduate Coaching Sport Leadership program at Drexel University.

 

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