Women's Lightweight Crew

Claire Martin-Doyle
Claire Martin-Doyle
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 617-253-7961
Email: c_kost@mit.edu
Year: 9th at MIT
Previous College: Georgetown '99

Claire Martin-Doyle enters her ninth season as the head coach of MIT lightweight women’s rowing program. In 2013-14 she guided the team to a gold medal at the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta, the third consecutive year the team medaled at the event, as well as seeing her squad qualify for the IRA National Championship. Other highlights for the season were a first-place finish in the Petite Final at the IRA National Championships and a final national ranking of seventh in the USRowing Collegiate Poll. Highlighting the program’s commitment to academic success, six members of the 2013 varsity eight earned accolades as CRCA scholar-athletes. 

Martin-Doyle joined the Engineers in 2006 as novice lightweight women's coach and was promoted to head coach in 2007. During her time at MIT the Engineers have had success in racing and in growing the lightweight program across the board.

Martin-Doyle earned her Master of Education degree from Temple University in 2004 with a concentration in sport and exercise psychology. While living in Philadelphia, she competed for the Vesper Boat Club and spent three seasons coaching Lower Merion High School.

She graduated from Georgetown University in 1999, where she was a four-year rower, participant in the 1998 NCAA Women's Rowing Championship and recipient of the John Carroll Spirit Award. Prior to rowing with the Hoyas, Martin-Doyle rowed at West Side Rowing Club and Nardin Academy in Buffalo, N.Y. where she was a member of both scholastic and national champion crews.

Martin-Doyle resides in Newton, Mass. with her husband and daughter.

Amelia Patton
Amelia Patton
Title: Novice Coach
Phone: 617-324-0375
Email: acbooth@mit.edu
Year: 8th at MIT
Previous College: Duke

Amelia Patton returns in the 2014-15 season for her eighth year as MIT's assistant/novice lightweight women's coach. In 2012-13 she helped guide the team to a gold medal at the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta as well as seeing the squad qualify for the IRA National Championship. Other highlights during the season were a pair of wins over Radcliffe by the novice 4 crew in the spring. Highlighting the program’s commitment to academic success, six members of the 2013 varsity eight earned accolades as CRCA scholar-athletes. 

Prior to coaching the Engineers, Patton spent three years coaching Brookline High School's novice girls, where her boats won state titles in 2004 and 2006.

Patton earned a Master's Degree in Applied Anatomy and Physiology from Boston University while coaching BU's adult recreational program. Before moving to Boston, she received her bachelor's degree in sociology from Duke University.

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., Patton learned to row at Nichols School and West Side Rowing Club. She went on to compete as a four-year member of the varsity eight at Duke University. While at Duke, Patton was named to the All-South region team three times and won the collegiate lightweight title at CRASH-B Sprints.  Patton now serves as a Board member for the Crash-B Sprints. Amelia continues to row out of Riverside Boat Club in Cambridge where she serves on the Board of Directors. 

Melissa Poplaski
Melissa Poplaski
Title: Volunteer Assistant Coach
Year: 1st at MIT
Previous College: Santa Clara '06

Melissa Poplaski, CSCS, is in her first season with the MIT crew program as a volunteer assistant coach. She has previously coached at Santa Clara University, Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School, Craftsbury Rowing Center and RowSkills.

Poplaski started rowing at San Diego Rowing Club (SDRC) and continued rowing at Santa Clara University while studying psychology. She has taken her love for movement and science to become certified as a level 2 US Rowing certified coach, Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), ACSM Personal Trainer (cPT), and PMA Pilates Instructor. She loves sharing her knowledge of movement with athletes to help each individual walk away feeling empowered and motivated. 
Justine Scott
Justine Scott
Title: Volunteer Assistant Coach
Year: 4th at MIT
Previous College: Colby College '08

Justine Scott has been a volunteer assistant coach for the MIT women’s lightweight crew team since 2011. She has also served as a volunteer assistant coach for Colby College from 2007-2008, an assistant coach for Maine Rowing Camp from 2012-2014, and recently worked with the Gentle Giant Rowing Club as an assistant coach for the adult team and as the summer Learn-to-Row coach. 

Scott learned to row at Colby College where she was a member of the crew team for four years, competing in two NCAA Championships as well as being elected a captain in her senior year. She spent one summer with the USRowing Inland Northwest Development Camp and one with the USRowing Pocock U23 Lightweight Selection and Development Camp. Scott is pursuing a Master of Science in health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health.