“Always moving” is the phrase that might best describe Preston. Having lived in three states before the age of one, the tone was set for his life long motto of Never Sit Still! He spent the majority of his growing up years in Alaska but has had the privilege of visiting around 30 countries. In fourth grade Preston and his family moved to Jakarta, Indonesia for four years. While living there he was involved in Boy Scouts and became a certified open water diver. In high school Preston played soccer and football before moving again, this time to Baku, Azerbaijan, where he was the captain of the basketball and cross-country teams as well as the Student Body President. He graduated in a class of six people in 2008.
College took Preston to Bellingham and Western Washington University. While playing soccer Preston suffered a meniscus tear, and ten months later tore the same meniscus backpacking in Alaska. He made a decision to begin exploring other athletics that didn’t involve running or high impact on the joints. So rock climbing, yoga and cycling helped Preston recover, and then finally join the crew team. The boats, the water, the early mornings, the team…. he was hooked. Preston is also an avid rock climber as well as a cyclist; and he's often seen riding his well-loved road bike back and forth to the LOCR boathouse.
After graduating from WWU with a BS in Mathematics in 2012, Preston decided to join his family who had recently moved to Portland. There, Preston started as a masters rower and soon found his passion expanding to coaching. Preston hopes to use rowing to teach young men to be respectful, mindful and strong individuals.