Coaching Staff

Austin Brooks
Austin BrooksHead Coach & Program Director

Austin Brooks | Head Coach & Program Director

Now in his 7th season as the head coach for University of California, Irvine men’s rowing team, Austin has elevated the team in a new era of men’s rowing to create a sustainable culture of success on and off the water.

Austin is a Newport Beach native where he attended Newport Harbor Highschool, and rowed for Newport Aquatic Center. Austin is one of the key oarsmen that generated the success to make Newport Aquatic Center the power house junior program it is today. While serving as the captain his junior and senior year Austin logged two back to back seasons undefeated winning two Nationals in the Men’s Youth 8+. While at Newport Aquatic Center Austin and his pair partner J.P. Hogan represented the United States at the Junior World Championships in Linz Austria capturing a 4th place finish.

Austin then took his talents to the University of Washington where he went undefeated in his collegiate career winning four national championships and holds the current collegiate world record of 5:21.4 over 2000 meters in an eight oared shell. Austin also represented the United States in all Washington coxed four at the U23 World Championships capturing a 6th place finish.

Austin has been determined to bring a tradition of success to Irvine. Over the past six years Austin has re-shaped Irvine rowing producing winning crews along with high quality oarsman that have shown tremendous leadership, and carry the virtues of what being a UCI oarsman is all about.

Cole McGuire
Cole McGuireAssistant Coach

Cole McGuire | Assistant Coach

Cole began coaching for the UC Irvine Men’s Rowing team after graduating as a 5-year oarsman from the university. He began and finished his rowing career with A.J. as his coach, who mentored him not only as a coach, but as a role model. Cole is approaching his 3rd year as an assistant coach at UC Irvine, and strives to pass on the lessons, success, and positive impact that rowing had on his own life.

Cole was born and raised in Ventura, California, and has a twin sister and older brother, both of whom went on to be collegiate athletes as well. Rowing was completely unknown to Cole before A.J. found him on campus and asked him if he wanted to come out to a practice. That was all it took for him to catch the bug. Cole went on to win gold medals at both WIRA and ACRA, and later to become a part of the elite group of rowers training on the U23 National Team.

Nowadays Cole balances a career in Civil Engineering while coaching alongside Austin Brooks. They both strive to bring the Irvine Rowing program to its full potential, potential they have both seen since starting their legacy.