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Nathan Lantz

Head Coach & Program Director

Since 2011

Nathan Lantz began coaching with the program in Fall 2009 as a volunteer coach. In the Spring of 2011, as the Freshman Coach, his crews won their first ACRA medal- a silver in the Women's Novice 4+ event. Since then he has coached 4 SIRA Regional medaling crews, and 3 ACRA National Championship medaling crews, and been the South Region Women's Coach of the year.

Nathan is also honored to have served 6 years on the ACRA National Championship Board of Directors as the South Region Rep and Awards Chair.

Nathan is a graduate of the University of Georgia and currently lives with his wife and fellow Bulldog fan Kate Lantz in Athens, GA.


Sidney Counsell

Director of Women's Rowing

Since 2022

Sidney began studying and rowing at the University of Georgia in Fall of 2018. In her 4 years rowing, Sidney consistently was a member of top 10 regional and national crews. She also individually holds positions on team top-10 record lists for the rowing machine. Sidney also served as the Women's Team Captain her Junior and Senior years. In Spring of 2022, she was awarded South All-Region Team honors and Academic All-American honors. Sidney is also an avid endurance athlete, having run several marathons in her time at the University!

Sidney graduated from the University of Georgia's Terry business school in Spring of 2022 with degrees in Finance, Management, and International Business. She is currently completing an internship with UGA's Wesley Foundation in Athens, GA.


Makenzie Grilliot

Volunteer Coach

Since 2022

Makenzie began studying and rowing at the University of Georgia in the Fall of 2016. She was a member of a Freshman Women's 8+ that almost went undefeated during the 2016-2017 season, taking 2nd place at the 2017 ACRA National Championship Regatta. She went on to be a member of regionally and nationally ranked crews, receiving South All-Region Team, National All-American Team, and Academic All-American honors . Along the way she also set multiple individual team records and crew records, and spent her final year on the team serving as the Women's Captain.


Makenzie graduated from the University of Georgia in 2020 with a Bachelors in Exercise and Sport Science. She then went on to get her Masters from Augusta University as a PA and is currently living and working in nearby Watkinsville, GA.

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