Meet Our Coaches
MICHAEL CUTE - Junior Head Coach, Senior Men's Head Coach and Director of Rowing
Michael Cute has been the Director of Rowing, Head Coach of the West Side Juniors and Senior Men’s Head Coach for the Development Camp team since June of 2015.
A four-year member of the Marietta College men’s rowing team from 2007-2011, he helped the pioneers to gold medals at the 2011 Knecht Cup and 2011 SIRA in the Varsity Lightweight 8+. He also finished second at the 2010 Dad Vail Regatta in the JV Heavyweight 8+.
Prior to West Side Cute spent four year a assistant coach for the Men’s Varsity Rowing team at Colgate University from 2011 -2015, Cute helped lead the Raiders to four Dad Vail Medals including a Gold in 2014 and two top 10 performances at the IRA National Championship in the Varsity 4+.
In the summer of 2012, Cute was head coach of the U23 men's sculling team at Crescent Boat Club in Philadelphia. His crews advanced to the finals at both U.S Rowing Club Nationals and the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta.
The summer of 2013 was an eventful one for Cute, as he served as assistant coach for the U23 men's team at Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia. Vesper claimed the Independence Day Regatta team points trophy as well as the men's points, women's points and the overall points trophies at USRowing Club Nationals. At the Royal Canadian Henley, the men finished in the top-three in five different events.
In the summer of 2014 Cute took over as Head Coach of the West Side Rowing Club Jr Men’s Summer Program. The team earned medals at the West Side Invite, St. Catharines Invite, and Row Ontario Championship. He finished off the summer with a grand final appearance in the U17 4+ at Canadian Henley.
In June of 2015 Cute returned to the West Side Rowing Club full time as the Head Coach and Director of Rowing as well as the U23/Senior Men’s coach for the Development Camp team. That Summer he lead the senior men to medals at the West Side Invite, St. Catharines Invite, and Row Ontario Championship. The Senior 8+ finished the summer with a grand final performance at the Canadian Henley.
Since becoming the Head Coach and Director of Rowing at West Side he has led the junior program to multiple top 20 finishes at Head of the Charles and multiple state championships. He has also guided the senior men’s program to a 2017 Canadian Henley Gold in the light weight straight 4 and multiple wins at the Row Ontario Championship.
Cute was also a three-year member of the Fairmount Rowing Association, an assistant coach for the Fairmount summer junior competitive team in 2010, and a three-year member of the Crescent Boat Club and senior men’s coach during the summer of 2012. During high school Cute was a four year member of Roman Catholic High Schools rowing team in Philadelphia.
The Pennsylvania native earned his bachelor’s degree in broadcasting from Marietta College in May 2011.
FRANCES McGUIRE-Summer Head Coach, Junior Women
Frances McGuire joins the West Side coaching staff this summer as the Head Coach of the Junior Women’s program. McGuire, a Buffalo native and City Honors graduate, began rowing at West Side in 2004. Medals at top races-- including U.S. Rowing Nationals and Canadian Henley-- and 2 top 10 finishes at the Head of the Charles highlight McGuire’s impressive high school career.
From 2008-2012, McGuire rowed at Cornell University, where she earned medals at the Eastern Sprints and Ivy League Championship 3 out of her 4 years as a student athlete. During McGuire's time at Cornell, the Big Red were consistently ranked in the top 20 Division 1 Women's Rowing Teams in the country. Her senior year saw the Big Red earn their first NCAA Championship bid in over 10 years.
After graduating from Cornell with a bachelor’s degree in Government and International Relations, McGuire returned to Buffalo, where she now works at the West Side Rowing Club and is a varsity rowing coach at Nardin Academy.
HANNAH BLUM-Director, Summer Crew Camp
Hannah Blum returns to West Side this summer as Director of Crew Camp. This will be Blum’s third year as Director of Crew Camp. Blum has been a member of West Side since she started rowing in 2005. After participating in Crew Camp as a seventh and eighth grader, Blum continued to row for her high school, Nardin Academy. At the end of her senior year, Blum received West Side’s prestigious Mary Klare Kane Award in recognition of her achievement and dedication as a coxswain. Blum would receive this award again in 2014 after competing in West Side’s USRowing Development Camp.
Blum continued her rowing career as a coxswain for the Division I rowing program at Canisius College, where she received a degree in adolescent education. As a Griff, Blum made the All-MAAC Academic Team and was a Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete.
GRAHAM MARKS-Summer Head Coach, Junior Men
Graham Marks joins the West Side coaching staff this summer as the Head Coach of the Junior Men's Program.
In February of 2018 Marks joined Marc Mandel’s coaching staff. Marks came to Williams from the Forman School, in Litchfield, Connecticut, where he taught History and served as the head coach of the rowing program.
Prior to Forman, Marks served as an assistant coach at the Gunston School in Centreville, Maryland, where his crews won multiple medals at the Maryland State Championship and he coached the Varsity Girls 4+ that earned a bid to the 2016 SRAA National Championships. Marks has also coached at the Nichols School and West Side Rowing Club, both in Buffalo, New York; as well as at Crescent Boat Club on Philadelphia's famous Boathouse Row.
As an oarsman, Marks began his career as a freshman at Nichols School, where he was a four year varsity letter winner. Upon graduation, he attended Boston University, where he earned a B.A. in English and was a four year member of the men’s rowing team. While at BU, Marks twice finished second at the Eastern Sprints Regatta, in the 2013 Varsity 4+ race and in the 2014 4th Varsity 8.
Marks also had a successful career as a member of the Vesper Boat Club U23 lightweight team in the summers of 2013 and 2014, winning multiple national titles at the USRowing Club Nationals, highlighted by wins in the 2014 regatta in the intermediate lightweight 1x, and 4x, as well as, in the senior lightweight 4+ and 8+.
In the fall of 2014, Marks was invited to train full-time as a member of the Vesper High Performance Team, with the goal of making the U. S. National Team.
SASHA BAILEY-Senior Women's Head Coach
Sasha Bailey returns to West Side as the Head Coach of the Senior Women's team. Bailey is currently the Assistant Coach for the Canisius College Women's Rowing Team.
A four-year letter-winner for the Buffalo rowing team from 2007-11, she was a three-time Dad Vail Regatta Champion and won the 2010 Colonial Athletic Association championship as well. Bailey was part of the West Side Senior Women's Intermediate 8+ that won USRowing Club Nationals in 2008. She served as team captain for the Bulls in 2011.
Prior to college, Bailey was a member of the West Side Rowing Club Women’s program from 2004-07 where she was a three-time New York State Champion.