Meet Our Coaches

Head Coach Becca Tucker

As a freshman in high school, Coach Becca began rowing for Unity Crew Rowing Club in Parsippany, NJ and fell in love with the sport. A steady team member and focused competitor, she became a trusted stroke seat. As she continued developing, Becca advanced in the sport and her high school rowing career took off. She transferred to Mountain Lakes Rowing Club, Mt. Arlington, NJ, (now known as Row New Jersey) in her junior year of high school and was later named Team Captain.

After graduation, Becca rowed for University of Rhode Island. Her college rowing career ended due to an injury, but her passion for rowing continued and her coaching career began. She spent seven years coaching for Row New Jersey, from assistant coaching varsity, junior varsity, to serving as the Novice Men and Women’s Head Coach.

In addition to rowing, Becca worked with special needs students. Her desire to develop youth combined with her success in and love of rowing gave her a solid coaching foundation. Along with her husband, Brandon, and their two daughters (a newborn and a toddler), the Tuckers moved to Peachtree City, Georgia in January, 2022 for a coaching position with PTC Rowing. Her deep commitment to excellence in everything she does became evident and her role within the young program grew. She recognized and pursued opportunities for the rowers and community, focusing on the whole athlete and overall program. She helped to implement technical accuracy strategies, competitive readiness, improved equipment and training as well as community engagement.

Promoted to Interim Head Coach in June of 2022, then to Head Coach in August of 2022, Coach Becca leads PTC Rowing with a strong focus on teamwork, bringing people together to achieve success on every level. She emphasizes the importance of harnessing the power of teamwork. Rowing with a champion mindset means that you must get outside of yourself and work to achieve what happens when you are all committed to performing as one. That’s when the athlete reaches an entirely new level of individual growth and as a result, is better equipped to achieve individual goals.  The teamwork mentality is foundational in rowing, taking care of each other and working toward the same team goal.  She brings it to the athletes every day.

Coach Becca’s commitment to excellence is admired throughout the program, from rowers to parents. She’s determined to provide opportunities, for the athletes and community, to grow and enjoy all that the sport can offer. Building on the expanding foundation, she’s constantly identifying and implementing ways to improve the program.

Contact for Coach Becca:  coachbecca.rowptc@gmail.com

Ann Retty, Assistant Coach

Novice Youth Competitive Team

Coach Ann was first introduced to rowing by participating in a Learn-To-Row event. It took all of two seconds in a boat for her to fall in love with the sport. 

Ann began rowing with Peachtree City Rowing in 2021 and it was evident that her commitment to give her personal best for her team would make the program better.  Teamwork and giving your best are foundational in rowing. Ann delivered! Even though it wasn't long before she aged out of the PTCR youth competitive program, she had the opportunity to compete in the open 2x and Women's U17 8+ categories-earning a bronze medal at Head of the Hooch and a silver and bronze medal at the Secret City Head Race.

Ann spent her 2022 summer internship based on the west side of Washington, DC with a nonprofit promoting youth education and involvement in communities at the local, state and national levels. She's currently involved in student action teams, promoting student advocacy. She's committed to engaging in meaningful ways to make things better. 

With her work ethic, rowing passion and desire to help others grow, Ann returned to PTCR serving as Assistant Coach - Novice.  

Ann's genuine care and ability to introduce new rowers to the sport, helping them learn and develop technique and confidence are tremendous assets to PTCR. 

In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors. She loves recreational boating, hiking, camping, traveling, and outfitting her old Jeep for a future in overlanding. She's traveled the country and has visited over 60 National Parks! Ann is committed to the conservation of our public lands for future generations. Since rowing is a healthy "green" watersport, the sport ranks at the top of Ann's favorite things!

Ann is a trusted coach and former crew member. We are thrilled that she came back to continue her contributions to PTCR! 

Evan Goembel, Assistant Coach

Varsity Men - Youth Competitive Team  

 

Coach Evan was introduced to rowing after his mom saw an ad and registered him for a summer camp in 2017. Soon after that experience, he joined as a Coxswain for the girls team, but realized he wanted to row so he joined the Novice Youth Competitive team. 

Evan was quickly recognized as a valuable member of PTCR, someone who got things done well and one who loved being outdoors. Even when he wasn't rowing, he was still outside trying to improve himself and his surroundings. Evan achieved his Eagle Scout rank with a major project and some pretty impressive contributions. He built a huge bridge at the Coweta County Fairgrounds, completed a soil erosion project to restore the walking trail and designed and built the "trash trap" currently in use by Southern Conservation Trust / Line Creek. He also restored wood duck habitats in North Georgia and worked on a land management invasive species project at Cochran Mills. Evan was awarded the coveted BSA William T. Hornaday award that has only been awarded to 2,700 scouts since its inception in 1915. He served as president of his Venture Crew for four consecutive terms, earned the 2020 VFW Scout of The Year and currently holds the highest Honor of Vigil in the Order of the Arrow. By the time Evan aged out of scouts at 18 years old, he had earned 127 of the 138 merit badges. 

In his senior year, Evan served as the PTCR Captain - Varsity Youth Men. He received the Hammer (fastest raw 2K score) and the Efficiency (fastest weight adjusted 2K) awards. A week before graduating high school, Evan graduated from West Georgia Technical College with an Associate's Degree in Machine Tool Technology and Precision Manufacturing. In addition to serving as PTCR Youth Mens Varsity Assistant Coach, he is currently a student at West Georgia Tech' pursuing a career in Natural Resources, while also working for Yokogawa Corporation of America in Newnan, Ga. For the summer of 2022, Evan not only hiked 120 miles in Cimmaron, New Mexico, he also explored Alaska, achieved his Kenai River Sockeye Salmon catch limits and crossed into the Arctic Circle! 

Rowing is the ultimate team sport, with a "we" vs. "me" mindset throughout every aspect.  At PTCR, we love when our members get to experience the magic of a team in such a meaningful way. Evan embodies teamwork. He exemplifies an exceptional work ethic and desire to hold himself accountable to improve his contribution to something bigger. He seeks out ways to contribute... and that's how you succeed in rowing. 

We're so glad Evan, a former crew member and now coach, is a part of PTCR! 

 

We're beyond excited...that not one but TWO of our former Crew came back. We believe our program offers enriching experiences, opportunities to learn, develop in, and enjoy rowing. For those that love to compete, we've achieved national ranking at the US Rowing Championships, we train year round and travel to compete in regattas.  No matter your level, if you like challenging yourself, you'll like rowing. If you like challenging yourself to achieve more as a team, you'll love rowing! 

Thank you for being here Coach Becca, Coach Ann and Coach Evan! We're grateful for your commitments. We know our athletes and members will reach new heights while enjoying all the sport offers! Go PTC!

For fun and informative videos on competitive rowing, check out some favorite YouTube videos below.  

We Are Team USA, US Rowing 
Peachtree City Rowing 2022
We Are Rowers
Purdue Crew Video 
Princeton University Rowing Association Video

 

Have questions about our program? Let's connect! Email us at welcometo.rowptc@gmail.com. 

Peachtree City Rowing is a not-for-profit, 501c3 organization established in August 2015 to encourage and further the instruction, improvement and competition in and the enjoyment of the art of rowing.  Fees raised through our programs are used to fund coach's salaries, equipment leases, insurance and other operational expenses. Donations are tax deductible.