Newport Sea Base Rowing and SoCal Scullers to Merge


The Newport Sea Base (NSB), a youth boating and maritime center located in Newport Harbor, is excited to announce that it is merging rowing operations with Southern California Scullers Club (SoCal Scullers), an elite rowing program formerly based out of Huntington Harbor. Dan McGill will fulfill the role of Men’s Varsity head coach and Ian Simpson will fulfill the position of Managing Director, and coach, under the current Rowing Director Michelle Green.

Dan McGill began rowing in 1984, at Oregon State University. McGill went on to amass 15 US National Rowing Championship medals while rowing for Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia. He also won gold medals in the lightweight 4- at the 1987 Olympic Sports Festival and the 1987 Pan American Games.  Dan coached Long Beach Junior Crew, Varsity Men for a couple years before joining Ian Simpson in 2010 to coach the Long Beach Rowing Association’s Elite group.

Ian Simpson is a former member of the British International Rowing Committee. He was the Assistant Coach for the US Women’s National Rowing Team and helped prepare crews for national, world and Olympic competition. In 2009, Simpson founded the Elite Rowing Group at Long Beach Rowing Association, which was a training center focused on developing high performance athletes. He was also the US National Team Coach and Team Manager for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

In 2013, Dan McGill and Ian Simpson founded the Southern California Scullers Club, which trains elite level rowers. They have taught many athletes including beginners, junior national champions, elite national champions, world champions and Olympic medalists. The club was the winner of the inaugural Red Bull High Stakes in 2015, its Scullers have won several national championships, and finished 2nd and 4th in the women’s single at the 2016 Olympic Trials.

Beyond the podium success, both coaches value character and leadership development. Their approach to youth development compliments the mission of the Newport Sea Base, which serves over 6,000 youth per year in a variety of boating and marine science programs. Commenting on the merger, Ian Simpson said, “We welcome this exciting opportunity that also provides a new home for our scullers.” Dan McGill added that “we are looking forward to helping to build and develop the already-successful youth and masters’ programs at Newport Sea Base.”