Coaching Staff

Director of Rowing

Davis Bales III

Our new Director of Rowing, began his rowing career with the top-ranked Cal Crew (UC/Berkeley), where he won several regional and national regattas, including the Pac-10s and the IRAs (Collegiate National Championship). He has also won gold medals at the U.S. Rowing National Championship and Canadian Henley with Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia; the South American Masters and World Masters Championships with GuaĆ­ba-Porto Alegre, his Brazilian rowing club; and the U.S. Masters National Championship and Royal Henley’s Masters Regatta with Potomac Boat Club, with which he has also medaled twice at Head of the Charles. 

Over the past seven years, Coach Davis has been devoted to passing on his experience to high school rowers, leading them to multiple District, State and National championship victories, at the novice, lightweight, junior and varsity levels. He looks forward to continuing that effort with First Coast Rowing.  Coach Davis holds degrees in Latin American Studies and Law from the University of California. When not coaching, he resides in Brazil, his home away from the States for over two decades.

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Director of Rowing Davis Bales III

Head Coach

Nura Hussien

A State Champion pole vaulter, Nura found her true calling in rowing after a few years of college track & field. Nura made the switch to rowing at the University of Alabama, where she was named a CRCA Scholar-Athlete while earning a spot on the Commissioner's Honor Roll. In her collegiate career Nura was also able to finish in the top 10 at Head of the Charles and earn points in the Varsity 4+ at conference championships. She then began work as a volunteer coach for Alabama and earned degrees in Exercise Science and Sports Management. Nura has coached at Orlando Area Rowing Society and RowAmerica Rye with athletes earning top finishes at their Regional and National regattas. She also has spent time working and learning with the Junior National Team development camps.

She is thrilled for the opportunity to share her knowledge and love for the sport to First Coast Rowing. In her free time, Nura still rows in masters regattas and enjoys coaching and training for CrossFit competitions.

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Head Coach Nura Hussien

Assistant Coaches

Brandon Pond

Although only his second year coaching for First Coast Rowing, Brandon is a long-time veteran of the club. He rowed for First Coast from the 7th grade through his senior year at Stanton College Prep. Brandon was Men's Varsity Captain his junior and senior years and twice qualified for and raced at the USRowing Youth National Championships (2016 Men's Youth 4+ and 2018 Men's Ltwt 2x). In his first year of coaching, Brandon's crews won gold in all of their events at the North Florida District Championships. Brandon is currently completing his AA at Florida State College with plans to earn a degree in Dental Hygiene. Brandon also works as a lifeguard during the summers. 

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Coach Brandon Pond


Meg Coyle

Margaret “Meg” Coyle isn't new to First Coast Rowing. She began her rowing career with our program as a 7th grader. While in high school she also sculled for the Jacksonville Rowing Club. During those pre-collegiate racing years, Coach Meg amassed quite a few accolades including a 1st in the 1x (single scull) at the Florida State Championships as well as winning Gold three times at the Southeast Regional Championships; twice in the 1x and once in the 4+. Coach Meg has also enjoyed impressive results at Youth Nationals where she finished 7th in the 1x and 4th in the 2x (double scull).

At the collegiate level, Coach Meg initially rowed for the University of Miami and later transferred to Jacksonville University where she majored in Elementary Education and is currently completing her master’s degree in the same field. Coach Meg is an example to the students she teaches and the rowers she coaches, having twice earned a spot on the MAAC (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) All-Academic Team as well as on the MAAC Academic Honor Roll. Her several Division I racing accomplishments include racing at the NCAA National Championship in Jacksonville University’s 1st Varsity 8+ after taking Gold at the qualifying MAAC Championship. Coach Meg is also not new to coaching at our club. While in college, she was an assistant coach working with our Development squad. We are thrilled to have her back at First Coast Rowing.

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Coach Meg Coyle

Nikki Martin

Nicole “Nikki” Martin is completing her degree in nursing at Jacksonville University where she was recruited to row after an illustrious high school career. In her home State of New Jersey, Coach Nikki was instrumental in founding her high school’s rowing team while also rowing for South Jersey Rowing Club and playing varsity field hockey. Her senior year Coach Nikki was captain of both her high school field hockey and crew teams.

Her rowing wins include the Schuylkill Navy Regatta and Philadelphia’s historic Independence Day Regatta. Her victories continued in college and include qualifying for and racing at the NCAA National Championships three times. Coach Nikki’s natural leadership resulted in her being named team captain of the Jacksonville University Women’s Crew in both her junior and senior years. Coach Nikki’s dedication to the sport of rowing and to the health and well-being of those in her charge is unsurpassed. We are fortunate to have Coach Nikki on our staff.

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Coach Nikki Martin

Rochelle Martinez

Florida native Rochelle Martinez is a recent graduate of Jacksonville University where she majored in English Literature with minors in Sociology and Criminology, while rowing for the varsity crew team all four years. Coach Rochelle began rowing in in the 8th grade with Miami Beach Rowing Club. Throughout high school she annually competed in the traditional regional regattas such as OARS, Sarasota Invitational and the Florida State Championships, as well as major out of state regattas such as Head of the Hooch, gaining immense racing experience. Coach Rochelle built on this during her years of racing for Jacksonville University, winning several Division I conference titles (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) and earning a spot at the NCAA National Championships three times. Coach Rochelle looks forward to passing on her experience and knowledge of the sport to our First Coast athletes.

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Coach Rochelle Martinez

First Coast Rowing | 645 Cesery Blvd. | Jacksonville | Florida | 32211


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