About Great Bridge Crew
Great Bridge Crew is a program that offers 8th through 12th grade students in the Great Bridge area, year-round opportunities to train and compete in the sport of rowing. Through involvement in the team, members also learn personal responsibility, teamwork, and leadership skills that continue to pay dividends long after they graduate. While we are affiliated with Great Bridge High School, we are not funded by the school or Chesapeake Public Schools.
GBC is a perennial team-to-beat in the Eastern Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association by winning the Regional Championship Points Trophy 12 consecutive years from 2003 to 2014. GBC has had state champion crews in each of the Virginia Scholastic Rowing Associations Championship Regattas from 2007 through 2016. Two crews have earned silver medals at the prestigious Stotesbury Cup Regatta. Additionally two crews earned medals in the Scholastic Rowing Association’s Championships. Additionally GBC female rowers have earned scholarships to row at the University of Central Florida, Jacksonville University, Old Dominion University, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Miami, Indiana University, Oklahoma University, Wisconson University, and the University of Virginia.
The rowing year starts in late August with Novice and Varsity Training Camps that roll over into fall technique and aerobic training three days per week with participation in two or three regattas. Winter conditioning is five to six days of training per week with one or two competitions at the end of the season. Any rowers involved in VHSL sports in the fall &/or winter can arrange for alternate training expectations. The primary rowing season is during the spring when rowers are expected to commit to five days of training per week plus competitions most Saturdays from mid-March through May. The summer has a variety of optional rowing opportunities through camps locally or at colleges around the country.
Meet The Coaches
Head Coach Bryan Stambaugh, with help from numerous people, established the Great Bridge Crew in 1999. He rowed competitively for two years at the University of Virginia where one of the highlights was racing the Head of the Charles in the Men’s Varsity 8+ in his second year. Since GBC’s inception Coach Stambaugh has seen the club mature from 20 rowers and two Kashper 4+’s, through a membership that once peaked at 70+ rowers, and a fleet that now has a variety of shells that allow for sweeping and sculling opportunities. Coach Stambaugh is proud of the GBC rowers’ accomplishments on and off the water.
Ready To Join The Team?
Great Bridge Crew is open to students 8th grade through 12th grade. In the summer, fall, and winter rowers may attend any school, so long as they are academically eligible (minimum 2.o GPA). In the spring rowers may only compete in lineups with rowers from the same school. We will support students from other schools, that don’t have a program, as best as we can. We take on new rowers from June through Mid-September and then again in November. Contact Coach Stambaugh via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information.
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