Coaching Staff

Updated Tuesday May 8, 2018 by NRC.

Northville Rowing Club is proud to have some of the best coaches anywhere!

Nick Bickes - Head Coach, Varsity Women's Coach
Coach Nick comes to us with an extensive involvement with youth and collegiate athletics for the past 16 years as an athlete and a coach. As a Division One collegiate rower/coxswain, head coaching experience in rowing, soccer, tennis and golf, as well as being a high school English teacher, we are excited to help him continue to build and grow the Northville Rowing Club along with the rest of the coaching staff.
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Van Papoulis - Coach, Varsity Men's Coach
Coach Van is originally from Corfu, Greece where he started rowing at the age of 13 with the Corfu Rowing Club. He rowed in many Under 15 and Junior Men's rowing categories, including singles, doubles, fours, eights and a pair with coxswain.

Van was selected to row with the Greek Junior National Team after winning the silver medal in the Under 15 Single National Regatta. He was stroke seat in the Junior 4 at the International Balkan Championship Regatta where they placed fourth.

After completing high school and immigrating to the United States, Van took a break from rowing. In 2006 his eldest son, Spiro, started rowing with the Ann Arbor Rowing Club and Van re-discovered his passion for the sport. He presently rows in the Master Sweep and Sculling programs at the Ann Arbor Rowing Club, to stay fit and constantly strives for the illusive perfect stroke technique.

Blake Ebright - Novice Men's Coach

Morgan Ebright - Novice Women's Coach