Rowing the Intercoastal Since 1999
ABOUT OUR PROGRAM
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 and 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.
MEET OUR COACHES
Great Bridge Crew has a Coaching Staff experienced and trained in rowing and safety. Our Coaches guide the workouts from jon boats (called launches) that follow the shells and direct the rowers on the water. Often, former GBCC Rowers come back to the club to give back to the program that gave so much to them.
If you are interested in coming back to be an assistant coach please email firstname.lastname@example.org
GREAT BRIDGE CREW CLUB
Coach Stambaugh, with help from numerous people, established the Great Bridge Crew Club 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. While Coach Stambaugh has stepped back as GBC's Head Coach, he is still active with the program in an advisory capacity and will remain committed to its success.
OTHER COACHES/VOLUNTEERS, YOU MAY SEE AROUND THE BOATHOUSE
A former Parent Board President, Jason has found a love for the team and what it stands for. He has dedicated himself to helping out the team into the future with boat/launch maintenance, Regatta Prep and Planning, and graciously has volunteered to drive the trailer to/from regattas when needed. He also acts in an advisory capacity to the board for historical data and trends.
Assistant Coach Elizabeth "Beth" Kirlin began her rowing career in 2004 at West Potomac High School in Alexandria, VA. She rowed for 4 years, graduating in 2008, and then continued on to row at George Mason University until she graduated in 2012. While attending George Mason, she coached rowing for 2 years at James Madison High School in Vienna, VA as the Woman's and Men's Novice/Junior Varsity Coach. Coach Kirlin is currently serving on Active Duty in the United States Coast Guard as a Yeoman. In her spare time, she volunteers in her community and she is currently pursuing her Master's Degree at Strayer University.
Bio to come soon
WHAT DO GBC COACHES EXPECT FROM ROWERS?
Show up, work hard and have a good attitude.
If a Rower has to miss practice, inform the Coaching Staff as soon as possible. If a Rower is really sick or hurt, the Rower needs to text or talk to Coach. The Coaches will thank you for not passing an illness around!