Meet Our Coaches
MICHAEL CUTE - Senior Men's Coach and Director of Rowing
Michael Cute returns as the Senior Men's Coach and Director of Rowing this summer. A four-year member of the Marietta College men’s rowing team from 2007-2011, he also was a 2011 Knecht Cup and 2011 SIRA Varsity Lightweight 8+ champion, a 2010 JV Heavyweight 8+ Dad Vail Silver Medalist and a three-time Royal Canadian Henley Regatta finalist just to name a few.
A Four Year 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 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. 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. In the Fall of 2015 Cute lead the West Side Jr Program to a top 20 finish at the Head of the Charles and multiple medals at local regattas in Canada and the US.
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. During high school Cute was a four year member of Roman Catholic High Schools rowing team.
The Pennsylvania native earned his bachelor’s degree in broadcasting from Marietta College in May 2011.
ERIN NEPPEL - Head Coach, Senior Women
Erin Neppel returns to West Side for her second summer as the Head Coach of the West Side USRowing Development Camp; she has previously served as the Head Junior Coach for men and women. Neppel is a 2001 graduate of the University of North Carolina and has a Master of Sports Administration from Canisius College, where she is an Assistant Coach. In 2015, she coached the varsity 4+ t0 a first-ever MAAC Championship. In the 2015-16 season, Neppel moved up to the first Assistant position, and played a huge role in the Griffs’ highly successful breakout fall. At Carolina, Neppel was a 3-time All-ACC standout, also garnering two First-Team honors in the NCAA Central Region and a second-team All-American award. Her varsity eight regularly made the Grand Final at the NCAA Central Regional and was ranked in the top 15 nationally. Neppel spent the summer of 1998 in residence at the US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, and rowed 4 years alongside 2002 World Champion Dana Peirce.
By the numbers: Neppel earned a 3.88 GPA and topped off her senior year with a 7:05 PR on her final 2k test. USRowing Level II Certified, Neppel has coached Division 1 women's rowing at Central Florida and Canisius College, and was instrumental in running the Nike Rowing Camps in Chapel Hill. At the Nike Camps, Neppel taught the very first strokes to Caroline Lind, who is at six-seat in the US Women's Eight that competed at the World Championships and who holds a World Record, 2 Olympic Golds, and multiple World Championship Golds with the US team.
FRANCES McGUIRE-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 for her first summer as Director of Crew Camp. This will be Blum’s third year working with Crew Camp, but her first year as director of the program. 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.
DIANE QUART – Head Coach, Adults
Diane Quart started rowing at the WSRC back in 2004 and soon became an assistant coach for the Adult Recreation Team. Diane returned to competitive rowing at West Side in the past two years, enjoying much success. In 2011, she and her West Side team won Canadian Henley Gold in the Masters 8+. In 2012 she was part of a West Side masters E 4+ that won Canadian Henley Gold and the US National Championships in Cambridge, MA. The E4 also took Gold at the US National head races held in Cleveland, OH. In that same event, she competed in a mixed 8+ that also won gold. In 2013, Diane’s love of coaching has brought her to the position of head coach for the Adult Rec Team.