Head Coach Randy Ducosin was born and raised on Oahu, Hawaii and a graduate of Castle High School class of ’82. Growing up in Kaneohe, Hawaii; he spent most of his free time surfing. He served his country in the Air Force from 1983-1993 and competed in races in Arizona, California, Nevada, New York and Hawaii. He has been a member of Na Leo ‘O Ke Kai since 2007.
Men’s Coach Rich Gorrill grew up in Mill Valley, California, competing and coaching rugby in California and with the Scottsdale Blues – representing Arizona in the national playoffs. Rich moved his sporting endeavors from land to boating in 2006; first with the Arizona Dragon Boat Association, then joining Na Leo ‘O Ke Kai in 2010. Rich started coaching with Na Leo in 2013 and has competed in outrigger races in California and Hawaii. Once favoring the color blue, Rich is now Na Leo green through and through!
Assistant Men’s Coach Vince San Nicolas, as a child traveled the world from Belgium to Korea and everywhere in between, before finally settling in Hawaii. He graduated from Kapolei High School in 2011, where he lettered in volleyball, then moved out to Arizona. He wanted to find a way to connect back to the island culture and the water itself, thus enters Na Leo ‘O Ke Kai. Vince has competed in many races in California, Arizona and Hawaii, including his first Moloka’i Hoe in 2015. He also competes in prone and SUP.
Women’s Coach Desiree Kahealani (Kahea) Mendes grew up on the west side of Oahu in the town of Waianae. In 1982 she joined Na Keiki O Kamo’i under the direction of the late Rona Kaaekuahiwi and immediately fell in love with the sport. She’s raced in Na ‘Ohana O Na Hui Wa’a regattas and long distance races, Queen Lili’uokalani race and the Na Wahine O Ke Kai. She also competed with Koa Kai CC, Hui Lanakila CC and Windward Kai CC. Kahea coached her first keiki crew at the age of 18 and has continued coaching youth since. In 2006, Kahea moved to Arizona. Due to her love of paddling and the importance of Hawaiian culture, she found her home-away-from-home at Tempe Town Lake with Na Leo ‘O Ke Kai.
Assistant Women’s Coach Alicia Lin Kee was born and raised on Molokai and moved to Arizona in 1996. Alicia joined Na Leo O Ke Kai in 2006 because of the aloha spirit of the paddlers and to keep a close connection to home and the Hawaiian culture. She has raced and won medals in Arizona, California, Oregon and Hawaii, traveled and competed in events such as the Liberty Challenge, Around the Rock Alcatraz, The Gorge, Queen Lili’uokalani, Pailolo, Na Wahine O Ke Kai. She was also a member of two IVF World Sprint women’s crew in 2012 (Canada) and 2014 (Brazil).
Keiki Head Coach Christel Savoy was born in Wahiawa, HI, raised in Waianae and moved to the U.S. mainland as a teenager. She joined Na Leo ‘O Ke Kai in 2009, served as club president, competed in outrigger and dragon boat, and now leads the keiki team. “Our club keeps me grounded, connected to my roots and close to my heritage. Our keiki are a huge part of our club and indeed the future of Na Leo ‘O Ke Kai.”
Assistant Keiki Coaches – Lena Curlee, Joey Kau and Talia Rodriguez.
Lena Curlee grew up in Aliamanu on the island of Oahu. After moving to Arizona to study at Arizona State University, she decided to pick the sport back up, having paddled for a season at Radford High School. Lena is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Computer Systems Engineering, and has competed in multiple California races with the adult program.
Joey Kau was born and raised on the island of Oahu. He graduated from St. Louis High School in 1997, where he did much of his paddling. In 2006, he moved from Oahu to Arizona with his wife and kids. After moving to Arizona, he wanted his kids to be a part of something that would allow them to stay culturally attached to Hawaii. In 2015, he got his kids involved with Na Leo ‘O Ke Kai. The spirit of aloha that Na Leo ‘O Ke Kai has is the reason he’s committed to the club.
Talia Rodriguez, once of member of Na Leo O Ke Kai’s keiki crew, is now dedicated to training the next generation of paddlers. She won two SCORA medals as a member of our junior crew.
General Practice Coach – Eric Tang
Assistant General Practice Coach – Diane Escalante