Celebrating 20 years 1999-2019
Great Bridge Crew is year-round rowing program open to area students, Grades 8-12. Our program is broken down by season with new rowers entering the program in the Summer and Winter transition periods. No previous rowing experience is required; however rowers are held to the highest standards of sportsmanship and student conduct.
Rowers are able to hone in on their skills through "composite crews" which allows competitors from various area schools to row in the same shell/event regardless of school or club affiliation.
Also known as winter conditioning, our winter program focuses on a Rower's form and speed through several land-based workouts, indoor competitions and the Rower's arch-nemesis, the dreaded Erg.
Rowers are only eligible to compete with their affiliated club/school as dictated by US Rowing Rules and Regulations. Based on team numbers, Great Bridge Crew and Grassfield Rowing have the most established rowing programs for the Spring Season, others may row in an exhibition entry.
Summer sculling program is only open to Varsity members and is based on our Coach's availability as well as the student's dedication to the sport and their teammates.
Coach 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 the club's inception, he has seen the club mature from 20 rowers and two shells to 40+ Rowers and a fleet that now has a variety of shells that allow for sweeping and sculling opportunities.
Sculling Coach "Gordie" began his rowing career in 1974 at Blood Street Sculls in Old Lyme, CT, rowing heavyweight for U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) and continued his rowing/sculling and eventual coaching “journey” at various institutions and clubs around the country, most notably; Asst. Hvwt USNA and Head Coach St. John’s College. He is a retired U.S. Navy Commander having commanded two ships and is currently a defense contractor who conducts test and evaluation on a variety of defense acquisition programs.
Assistant Coach Paige Rabidoux 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 recently graduated from Old Dominion University as a Registered Nurse.
Junior Coach Guertler began rowing for Great Bridge in 2013. Before his graduation in 2017, he served as Historian and President on the Rower Board. Brian excelled his senior year, bringing home the GOLD at States in the Men's Double and earning the prestigious Oarsmanship Award. When not helping at practices and regattas, Coach Guertler serves as the Weightlifting Coach for rising Freshman and Sophomore rowers. In addition, he is currently enrolled at Old Dominion University pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering Technology.