Coaching Staff

Head Coach

Timothy Nesselrodt (

Tim joined the program for his first season at URI in Fall 2020. He most recently served as the Head Coach of the University of Richmond Crew Team, a position he held for four years. During his tenure, the team found significant success across the board while growing its roster by nearly 200%, including Finals in both Dad Vails and the ACRA National Championships. The team also medaled at many local regattas, state and regional races, and Championship events. He also founded Richmond’s adaptive rowing team who’s athletes were the first ever collegiate PR1 rowers to compete in a collegiate rowing championship.

Outside of coaching UR, Tim was the Executive Director of Richmond Community Rowing for four years and strived to impact the community through the sport of rowing. During his time, the program increased its fleet by over ten boats and expanded its impact serving over 100 athletes every year through eleven different programs. The program boasted one of the nation’s largest adaptive rowing programs and implemented the city’s first ever junior rowing program.

Prior to coaching Richmond, Tim coached with the Virginia Commonwealth University Rowing team where he served as the Women’s Freshman Coach for two years. His women found resounding success with showings at the Head of the Charles and a fourth place finish at the ACRA National Championships. Tim is an alumni of VCU where he rowed all four years and served as the President of the team for three years.

Outside of coaching, Tim has his Masters of Nonprofit Studies and works with nonprofit organizations to make an impact in the community!

Assistant Coach

James MaleBranche (

James Malebranche returns to the URI crew team as assistant coach, after several successful years rowing here at URI.  James was a former board member and still is highly motivated to help the team.  Some notable achievements while on the team consist of two victories at the ACRA national championships in the lightweight varsity 4.