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James Long-Lerno


Director of the Newport Sea Base

James began working at Newport Sea Base in 2014.  He rowed at UC Berkeley,  and has medals ranging from winning SD Crew Classic, Pac-10 Championships, and the National Championships. James also picked up both Oarsman of the Year and Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year award along the way.  In 2009, James rowed for the U23 National Team. After coaching for Marin Crew, James took over as Head Coach at USC.  James left collegiate coaching to focus on NSBR and each year, under his direction, the team doubled in size and was representing on the national stage by year two.  

Lacey Shelton


Rowing Director

Lacey began coaching at Newport Sea Base in 2018. Lacey coached at UC Irvine before and concurrently until 2020. She rowed at UC Irvine where she won the ACRA National Championship in the Women's 4+. Lacey double majored at UC Irvine in History and Educational Sciences and then completed a M.S. in Educational Counseling with a concentration in school and family counseling from the University of La Verne. 


Jack Nguyen


Senior Program Director

Jack has been a leader in the youth development sector for over 16 years, serving as Senior Program Director at the Newport Sea Base and at the Boys & Girls Clubs in San Diego as Area Director overseeing operations of 7 sites. Specializing in recreation and outdoor education operations, curriculum development, hiring and training, Jack has been recognized by the Orange County Department of Education for marine science program excellence.  With the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Marcos, Jack was recognized by the San Diego Department of Education with the award of Best Overall Youth Program for San Diego County.  He is a proud member of the Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary and also enjoys volunteering as a youth teacher for Harvest Children's Ministry. Jack is a graduate of University of California, San Diego.  He and his wife reside in Orange County and love being out on the water with their two children.


Derek Taylor


Sailing and Aquatics Director

Derek Taylor hails from central Oklahoma, and he attests that the “wind comes sweepin’ down the plain…right behind the rain.”  That wind propelled him into a passion for sailing and being outdoors.  He raced collegiately at the University of Central Oklahoma, and was the head coach at the Oklahoma City Boat Club, on Lake Hefner. After moving to California, Derek became involved at the Sea Base in 2014 as a sailing instructor and volunteer with the Offshore Sailing Team. He enjoys sharing his passion for sailing and the outdoors through the development of fun and insightful curriculum. Derek graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a degree in Psychology.

Josh Burns



Joshua Burns previous experience has led him to multiple countries, mountain tops, oceans, and deserts in a variety of careers. Some of these include Wilderness Guide, Forest Ranger, Park Ranger, and Outdoor Education Specialist. He has held certifications in Counseling, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, Lifeguarding, as an ACA Sea Kayaking Instructor, Wilderness First Responder, and Search and Rescue Technician. His hobbies include surfing and spearfishing.

Brendan Cox


Area Director - Education

Brendan began his career at Newport Sea Base 5 years ago as an instructor for many of our popular classes specializing in our Earth and Marine Sciences program backed by his studies and degree in Marine Biology from CSU Fullerton.  Brendan heads a variety of program departments including merit badges, JTO field trips, custom reservations, homeschool enrichment and much more.  

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