Ben's journey with rowing started at the bottom the depth chart on the University of Washington men's rowing team. After four years and countless mornings in the boats, he was in love with this demanding and beautiful sport. This love led Ben to coach juniors and masters in San Diego for 2 years and then move back to Seattle for 3 years as a coach for UW’s men’s program. Being around so many hard working athletes, Ben became inspired to step away from coaching to pursue goals in long distance trail running. This led to several years of training in Colorado. Ben's coaching philosophy is centered around positive energy, enthusiasm and staying in the present moment. When Ben is not trail running or going to yoga he can be found watching the Warriors, working on his stand-up comedy routine or possibly trying to eat more vegetables.