Building Something Bigger

meet the coaches
Head Coach
Gene Kininmonth

Gene founded High Point Rowing Club at Oak Hollow Lake in 2012. Four years later, on the same morning the United States Olympic women’s eight crew were winning Olympic gold in Rio, Gene launched Greensboro Crew at Lake Brandt with an open house that drew over one hundred participants.

Today Gene serves as head coach of Triad United and leads the high school squads in High Point. He is a former Australian national team oarsman and has over 20 years of coaching experience in the sport of rowing. In addition to serving as head coach at several prestigious universities such as UCLA and the University of Southern California, Gene has coached several Olympic oarsmen and six U23 World Champions.

Assistant Coach
Allyson McCarron

Allyson is originally from New Hampshire, where she rowed her junior and senior year of high school for Concord Crew. Coach Al comes to us from Florida Tech. She was a four-year member of the women’s rowing team from 2016 to 2020. She served as team captain her senior year and helped Florida reached the NCAA Championships in 2018, coming in third place, and in 2019, coming in second place for Division II women’s rowing. While she was on the team, Florida Tech was crowned Sunshine State Conference Champions in ‘17, ‘18 and ‘19.

She has raced at many events along the east coast including, Head of the South, SIRAs, FIRAs and the Dad Vail Regatta where her and her teammates came in first place in 2019.

At Florida Tech she got her Bachelors of Science in Sustainability Studies with a minor in Management.  

Assistant Coach
Suann Griffin

Suann is a Greensboro Crew middle school Mom and former rower. After more than 20 years off of the water, Coach Suann is delighted to come back to support the coaches at Triad United who are developing youth rowers.  Suann started rowing in 1995 at the USNA’s indoor rowing tank and quickly grew to love the sport, bringing four other novice high school juniors together from Worthington, Ohio to borrow a 4+ from Dublin Crew for their first season.  Going on to row starboard at the University of Texas and later serving as an assistant coach at Robert Morris University and rowing recreationally in grad school with the Georgia Rowing Club, she is thrilled to be able to help the next generation of scholar athletes learn to love the sport and enjoy time with their teammates on the water. 

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