Julia Smith (Programs Director and Masters Head Coach)
Julia became intrigued with rowing when she watched her sister row her way to a gold medal in 2004 for the Humboldt
State University (HSU) Women’s Crew team. Years later, Julia went on to row under Coach Robin Meiggs and took home
a silver medal in the 2V8 at WIRA’s her first season. In 2012 her 4+ was undefeated all season and won gold in the
Women’s 4+ at the NCAA DII Championship. The Women’s 8+ came in first as well and HSU took home their first
national title. Julia stroked her way to a victory in the Women’s lightweight 4+ event at WIRA’s that same season. After
graduating HSU in 2012 with a degree in Anthropology, Julia moved on to coaching for the Humboldt Bay Rowing
Association in 2013. Having coached for 3 seasons with the Novice Junior team, she is now the Head Coach for the
Masters co-ed team and this will be her first season leading them. She still helps out occasionally with the HSU Women’s
team by integrating brand new novice rowers into their program. Her passions are in sweep rowing, running, and
spending time with her launch puppy Kona, who is always by her side when she is at the boathouse.
Amanda Morrettini (Juniors Head Coach)
Amanda started rowing as a junior at Humboldt Bay Rowing Association in 2007 and continued her rowing experience as a coxswain at UC Santa Barbara and then again as a rower at HSU. As a Junior rower she and her doubles partner took 8th in the Nation in 2014. She has been an Assistant Coach at HBRA for 3 years and is very excited to share her own experiences as a rower with the Humboldt Youth.
Jeanne Wielgus-Marlatt (Sculling Instructor)
Jeanne is one of the founding members and currently Vice President of the Humboldt Bay Rowing Association Board of Directors. She began rowing at the suggestion of a friend (isn’t this how many of us started?) and soon discovered the joy of rowing on Humboldt Bay. She now has over 20 years of experience rowing mostly singles, doubles and now sweep rowing experience with our Master Women. She has been a sculling instructor for HBRA for over ten years, attended a U.S. Rowing sanctioned clinic and is a certified Level I Coach. With a background in wildlife biology, Jeanne particularly enjoys the wonderful close-up views of our local wildlife that rowing allows her and is always willing to share her knowledge with her fellow rowers and students.
Humboldt Bay Rowing Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the sport of rowing for community members of all ages and abilities. HBRA is located in the Adorni Center and the HSU Boathouse on the Eureka Waterfront. Please call 707.677.3214 for further information.