Coaches

Darren Zirbel is a native of Cazenovia and has lived here most of his life. He recently became an “empty nester” and resides in the village with his wife Heather of 20 years. In the Fall of 2007 he became an Adjunct Faculty member at his alma mater Cazenovia College, teaching in Interior Design, the same profession he majored in and still practices for going on 30 years. In the Fall of 2009 he became the Head Coach for the Cazenovia College Crew team and brings his wealth of experience developing and encouraging Student Athletes to the Cazenovia Rowing Club.

Email: dmzirbel@cazenovia.edu 

Scholastic Coach
Darren Zirbel

Novice Masters Coach

Mindy Holgate

Mindy rowed for three years in high school, and then took a 29-year break before discovering the Cazenovia Rowing Club in 2009. She has enjoyed rowing, racing, and working behind the scenes as a board member of the club; she was president of the club from 2013 - 2016, and is the club's current president. She decided to give coaching a try, and attended a two-day Level II coaching class in the spring of 2018 in preparation for coaching the novice master rowers after the Learn-to-Row.

Mindy is a graduate of St. Mark's School and Syracuse University. She and her husband, Dave, live in Pompey and have two grown children.

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