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Meet Our Coaches

Updated: Aug 25, 2021

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.


Giovanni 'Gio' Rodriguez

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Giovanni E. Rodriguez "Coach Gio" began his rowing career in 2009. He started rowing at Granby High School in Norfolk, Virginia where he rowed for four years. A Virginia state medalist, Gio placed 2nd in the men's lightweight 4+ in 2012 and was the Virginia State Champion in 2013 rowing in the men's lightweight double. He went on to become the Sculling Coach at Granby High School, where he has sent multiple boats to states in many categories in both Sculling and Sweep rowing. Prior to joining Great Bridge he also coached the adult program at Hampton Roads Rowing Club for 2 years. We are happy to have him and can't wait to see the success of the team with his leadership.


Don Hughes

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Coach Don started rowing in 1995 as a plebe at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy where he rowed for four years as a Varsity athlete and had some success against larger schools and more established programs. He rowed as the starboard oar in the men's heavyweight 4. After graduation, Coach Don continued working out via the Erg. In 2012, he joined Juniper Rowing Club and have continued to row since then. In the past couple years, he has converted from sweep rowing to sculling. Coach Don joined GBC in 2021 as an assistant volunteer coach and has become a huge asset to the GBC coaching staff. "I have always enjoyed the physical intensity required to row, but also having to balance force with good technique to move the boat efficiently."


Coach Paige Rabidoux began rowing in 2010 for Great Bridge Crew 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. Coach Paige graduated from Old Dominion University as a Registered Nurse.


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.