RCR is dedicated to promoting a community on and around the James River. We strive to make rowing and other water sports available to everyone regardless of background, ability, or experience. We promote an active Richmond and provide all members of the community an opportunity for recreation on the river.
Who We Are
RCR was formally founded in 2016 in hopes of expanding the sport we love, rowing, to those who have never had the opportunity to experience it. We currently partner with the VCU Crew Team, the University of Richmond Crew Team, the Virginia Boat Club, Sportable, and the City of Richmond to provide and facilitate our programs. We offer adaptive programs, competitive programs, high school rowing, development camps, corporate rows, and veteran’s rowing.
Where We Are Going
RCR is striving to grow this community every day. Part of that expansion includes more programs. We hope to partner with Richmond Public Schools in an effort to reach Richmond City Kids. We plan to grow our fleet and begin our Boathouse Initiative to provide a better space for our athletes to row. We look to be a leading organization for river recreation and accessibility in RVA.
Meet The Staff
Mason Brown, President
Mason has coached rowing for the past six years in Richmond, is entering his fourth year as the Men’s Varsity coach at VCU, and has spent four years as the Adult Learn to Row coach for the Virginia Boat Club, where he has taught dozens of members of the Richmond Community the basics of rowing. Mason rowed at VCU where he served as Men’s Captain and Vice President of the team. He recently graduated with his master’s degree in business from the VCU Brandcenter where he worked on several pro bono and non-profit projects for organizations such as The Richmond Symphony, VirginiaNavigator and VeteransNavigator. He helped these organizations create visible brands and programming to extend their reach and facilitate greater impact on the area.
Khiem Tran, Treasurer
(Bio coming soon!)
Taylor Roberts, Board Member/Fundraising Committee Chair
Taylor was formally introduced to rowing in the early spring of 2017 and since, has developed a passion for the sport, on and off of the water. Through RCR’s High Performance program, she’s contending for a spot on the US National Para-Rowing Team and is also training to represent the US in the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. In addition to her Paralympic pursuits, Taylor volunteers her time as an ambassador for the Sheltering Arms Foundation to help raise awareness for traumatic injury rehabilitation and is also on track to earning her degree in Journalism at VCU. Taylor has volunteered her time off the water helping RCR raise funds and accounted for nearly 60% of all donations received. She will now serve as the creative mind behind RCR’s growing fundraising plan.
Will Hendricks, Director of Development
Will serves as our Director of Development and is spearheading our new boathouse project. He started rowing in 1992, and rowed in both high school and college. He has competed in races in the US, Canada, and England, including a first place finish at Eastern Sprints in Brown University’s Freshman Heavyweight Men’s 8.
Will sees the tremendous potential for rowing here in Richmond to impact the lives of Richmond high schoolers (and middle schoolers), whether it’s the positive community that can grow around a boathouse, the health and fitness benefits rowing provides, the joy of being out on the river, or the collegiate opportunities that the sport will be able to open up. There is a lot of good we can start building here together!
Tim Nesselrodt, Executive Director
Tim currently serves as the VP/Executive Director of the organization. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University for undergrad where he also served as the President of the rowing team. During his time as an athlete with VCU Crew, he finished a highly competitive college career helping VCU migrate into the competitive program it is today with several marquee results including top 5 finishes at the national level.
He worked with VCU Crew as the assistant women’s coach before being promoted to Head Novice Women’s Coach/Assistant Head Coach, a capacity he served in for two years. He was then hired by the University of Richmond where he currently serves as the Head Rowing Coach. He coached adult Learn to Row classes with the Virginia Boat Club and now runs the High Performance Adaptive Program for RCR and Sportable. Tim sits on the Richmond City Aging and Disabilities Advisory Board and is on the Richmond Accessibility Committee. He is currently attending the University of Richmond where he is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Studies.