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.
Women’s Varsity Coach Gregory Brannan
began rowing in 2005 at Great Bridge High School for the Great Bridge Crew club. Rowing for all four years of high school, Greg has experience sweeping as well as sculling. While rowing for the club from 2005 to 2009, Greg won two state championships in the lightweight category. He also went on to earn 3rd place nationally in 2008 under the men’s lightweight 2x division. Greg has been coaching for the crew club for two years. Currently, he is enrolled at Old Dominion University studying business.
Sculling Coach Scott “Gordie” Gordon
began rowing career in 1974 as a lightweight sculler and coxswain for Blood Street Sculls in Old Lyme, CT and continued his rowing/sculling and eventual coaching “journey” at various institutions and clubs; East Lyme High School, Fairmount Rowing Club, U.S. Naval Academy, Marin Rowing Club, Annapolis Rowing Club, Hampton Roads Rowing Club, and Juniper Rowing Club. He has been a competitive rower/sculler at the masters, senior, intermediate, collegiate, and junior level both nationally and internationally. He has coached at; East Lyme High School (Head Women’s Coach), Lyme-Old Lyme High School (Head Coach), U.S. Naval Academy (Asst. Heavyweight Coach), St. John’s College (Head Coach), Hickory Rowing Club (Asst. Coach for Sculling), Juniper Rowing Club (Rowing Coordinator/Coach), and most recently Great Bridge Crew Club. He is a retired U.S. Navy Commander having commanded two ships of the line and is currently a defense contractor who conducts test and evaluation on a variety of defense acquisition programs. He holds an MA and BS. Gordie maintains contact with the many coaches, rowers he’s met, trained with and coached over the years and enjoys giving back to the sport of rowing which has given him so many opportunities and experiences.
began rowing in 2010 for the Great Bridge Crew Team and rowed all four years of her high school career, graduating in 2014. Paige was stroke seat in the Women’s Lightweight Four her senior year winning gold at the Virginia state championship, silver at Stotesbury and silver at Nationals. The Women’s Lightweight Four won the triple crown in 2014! Paige is currently enrolled at Old Dominion University majoring in Nursing.