Coaching & Classes

Coaching and classes, many of which are run by 612e athletes, are available directly through each coach and through PaddleSculpt.  PaddleSculpt provides sport/activity specific lessons, clinics, and coaching in addition to generalized fitness and functional strength training classes.  All of our coaches are endurance athletes themselves so you will receive the type of training that will provide the necessary platform to increase strength in a way that is helpful to your performance while minimizing the risk of injury.  Coaching is available through scheduled classes and on a privately scheduled basis for both individuals and small groups.  We also have partnerships with other organizations to provide on-site training for their athletes and/or employees.  Register here for a scheduled class or contact Dori Johnson at paddlesculpt @ gmail . com for more information.

Coaches:

Craig Dodson – Rowing

Craig has been rowing and coaching since 1996. He is a five-time US National Champion and  has placed in the top three at US World Championship, Pan American Games, and Olympic trials on multiple occasions. Craig‘s coaching experience includes high school, college, senior, master, and elite level athletes, with those he has coached earning national titles at the US Scholastic Championships, IRA and NCAA Championships, and US Master’s NationalChampionships, as well as competing on behalf of the US National Team at the World Championships. He has rowed and coached across the country, mostly training and working with athletes in the Twin Cities and Philadelphia, PA.

James Dundon – Rowing, Nordic Skiing, Functional Strength

James has been actively involved in rowing since childhood.  As a junior he raced on the Midwest Team At the National Sports Festival.  In college he raced at the University of St. Thomas.  Following college rowing, James won major races in multiple boat categories at the National Sports Festival, National Championships, and Canadian Henley.  He also has medaled at the Head of the Charles 20 times.  His career highlights are representing the United States as a member of the 1992 World Championship Team, 1993 World University Games where he finished 6th in the lightweight double, and racing to top finishes with Bob Dreher and Patrick Johnson at World Championship And Olympic Trials.  James has coached at The University of St. Thomas and Minneapolis Rowing Club.  His crews are always top finishers at major events like the Dad Vail Regatta, Club Nationals, and Canadian Henley.  James simply loves everything about rowing, and he’s excited to bring that passion to Paddlesculpt.

Dori Johnson – Rowing, Stand Up Paddle Board, Functional Strength

PaddleSculpt, paddleboard fitness classes and indoor rowing functional strength classes were created out of Dori’s passion for being on the water and staying fit. Several years of life guarding, swim instruction, competitive swimming, triathlon and rowing have kept Dori close to the water.  Dori provides many opportunities for fitness, rowing, strength and SUP training and coaching directly through PaddleSculpt.

Most recently her enthusiasm for stand up paddleboarding has provided another way to enjoy fitness and fun around the water, and fulfills the need to be on a board if she can’t catch a wave here in Minnesota!  Dori has been competing in the sport of rowing for almost 20 years. While enjoying the competitive aspects of rowing, she loves the experience of a great workout and just going out for a leisurely paddle as well.  Often, between rowing practices, she enjoys grabbing her board and heading out for a paddle and appreciating nature and seeing things from a different perspective. During the fall and winter season, Dori teaches indoor rowing fitness classes and coaches CrossFit at Tangletown CrossFit. Dori loves the blend of the two sports and introducing people to a new experience. In her free time she enjoys traveling, camping, paddling, going to the beach and parks with her three kids and husband. Dori holds her B.S. Therapeutic Recreation, Oklahoma State University. Certifications include USRowing Level 2 Instructor, World Paddling Association Level 1 Instructor, PaddleFit Level 1 Instructor, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, Adult & Child First Aid/CPR/AED

Patrick Johnson – Rowing, Stand Up Paddle Board

Rowing coaching experience:  started Division I women’s rowing program at the University of Tulsa (Tulsa, OK), and served as head coach for two seasons; ten years of coaching the rowing team at the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) with numerous boats reaching the grand finals and earning medals at the Dad Vail Regatta (largest collegiate rowing regatta in the US) – including victories in the Men’s Varsity Heavyweight Four and the Women’s Varsity Heavyweight Pair.

Rowing experience: 3x elite national champion (ten time medalist in seven different elite boat classes); multiple medals earned at the Head of the Charles (including multiple medals in the lightweight single across three different decades and a medal in the Championship Double with coach James Dundon); 4th at 1998 World Championships Trials in the lightweight double (with coach coach James Dundon); 1999 Canadian Henley champion in men’s lightweight pair; 3rd at 1999 Pan American Games Trials in the lightweight single; 3rd at 2013 World Championships Trials in the lightweight pair (with 612 Endurance teammate Dima Koshevy).

SUP racing results and experience:  In addition to numerous first place finishes at local SUP races – 3rd place at 2014 TC Waterman’s Paddle for Humanity (10k, 14′ SUP division, top Minnesotan), 3rd place at 2013 Surf and Turf SUP Duathlon.  Patrick also runs a free weekly race training SUP practice to introduce area endurance athletes to this very fast growing sport!

 

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