SAN DIEGO DRAGON BOAT TEAM COACHING STAFF
Red Pedrick - Head Coach
Head Coach since 2019
Member since 2018
Coach Red spent 10 years in the United States Marine Corps, participating in many leadership and training courses to help better refine his role as a leader/trainer of Marines.
Combining his military experience along with knowledge gained from number of renowned paddling athletes/coaches, he now shares that wisdom and acts as a paddle technique coach for various paddling disciplines. He may no longer be a leader/trainer of Marines but he is certainly a leader/trainer of Paddlers…and is quite happy with the transition!
He has successfully coached a wide array of single and team watercraft sports such as, Outrigger, Indian War Canoe, Dragonboat, Stand Up Paddleboard, High Kneel Canoe (C1), Sprint Kayak (K1) and Surfski.
Coach Red is also the conditioning coach/co-owner for the fitness program called PaddleSynergy. On top of his training experience, coach Red is a certified Level 1 canoe sprint coach under both the International Canoe Federation (ICF) and the American Canoe Association (ACA), which is officially the National Governing Body (NGB) for the Olympic sports of slalom and canoe sprint and the Paralympic sport of paracanoe within the United States;. Both organizations are affiliated with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Steve Jewel - Asst. Coach
Assistant Coach since 2019
Head Coach from 2014-2019;
Member since 2004
For many years, Steve and Karen enjoyed whitewater kayaking and were guides in San Diego waters as well as on the Kern River.
Steve was late to the dragon boat party, and for good reason. He wanted Karen to have something of her own that she could use to get away from him. Then one day at a wedding reception in 2004 (and after one too many fruity rum drinks), Steve agreed to go to practice early the next morning. Once the hangover and nausea subsided, he realized that this dragon boat thing was pretty cool.
Steve raced in Kaohsiung Taiwan in 2005, World Club Crew Championships in Toronto in 2006, and then the World Championships in Sydney in 2007, where he brought home a bronze in the 200m sprints.
Steve also competes with the Hanohano Outrigger Canoe team and enjoys hitting the ocean regularly on his personal canoe. After taking a break to focus on outrigger for several years, he returned to SDDBT in 2014 and found that there was a need for a new coach. Naturally, he stepped in to the fray. Over his tenure, Steve watched the team grow and blossom into a true “team” and watched paddlers, who “never thought they would be doing something like this” develop and mature into excellent paddlers and teammates.
Steve found that he was driven by the desire to grow and nurture a true team. And SDDBT provided an excellent avenue to do just that.
Steve served as SDDBT’s President from 2005-2010. Aside from the growth and prosperity of the team, Steve’s legacy was in helping to develop the initial years of the San Diego Dragon Boat race on Mission Bay and also the purchase of a new fleet of 10-man boats.
Karen Jewel - Asst. Coach
Assistant Coach since 2014, Karen Jewel switched gears from whitewater paddling to outrigger paddling when joining Hanohano Outrigger Canoe Club in 1994. As a paddling die-hard who wanted to experience other options, Karen joined San Diego Dragon Boat Team in 2002 to pursue the challenges presented by the ancient Chinese tradition. She also became a skilled steersperson of these 20-crew member boats.
Coach Karen has competed on the Premier Women’s Team at World Championships in Poznan, Poland and Shanghai, China, Senior A in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, and Senior B in Kunming, China in 2017. She has also competed on several Club Crew World Championships with SDDBT.
Karen was most recently a member of the SDDBT Premier and Women’s B teams that both earned berths to compete in the 12th IDBF Club Crew World Championships (CCWC) scheduled for Aix Les Baines, France in August 2020.