Our friendly coaching staff aims to spread the positive benefits of rowing throughout the community.


Pedro Palacios, Head Coach & Founder

Head coach Pedro Palacios has been rowing for 30 years and has coached many youth and adult rowers to more than 30 national titles. Some of his athletes have even become USA national rowing team members. He has graduated more than 100 people from learn-to-row classes in Cincinnati while also being the owner of the Rowing Place where he trains indoor rowing for more than 150 members. Pedro is a former Mexican national champion rower and continues to row competitively in US regattas around the country.


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Leslie Siegman, Assistant Rowing Coach

Leslie started rowing in 2006 at Clermont Crew with Head Coach, Pedro Palacios until she graduated in 2009.  She then rowed at the University of Cincinnati before eventually becoming a certified USRowing referee in 2011. She has since travelled all over the U.S. officiating regattas. She started coaching in 2014 with Cincinnati Country Day School and is eager to make an impact at Queen City Rowing by teaching clients how to take part in the sport that she is most passionate about.