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The Rowers
Our 100+ rowers make up the Novice Women, Novice Men, Varsity Women and Varsity Men squads. Novice rowers are always beginners. Varsity rowers have at least one year of rowing experience or are non-freshman beginners who moved to the varsity squad during their first year of rowing.

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Walt Whitman Crew
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Whitman Girls 1V bronze Stotesbury Cup Final 2013
Whitman Girls 2V bronze Stotesbury Cup 2013


Elected every year by the team's parents, the Board of Directors welcomes your input and questions and is always open to suggestions. For general inquiries, please write to whitmancrew@whitmancrew.org. Otherwise, feel free to email any Board member directly.

President Marilu Hoeppner
mhoeppner@verizon.net
Executive VP, Volunteer Coordinator Ana Sanchez
addlifeskills@gmail.com
Secretary Sara Morningstar
saramorningstar@verizon.net
Treasurer Mark Kaprelian
mkaprelian@aol.com
Fundraising VP's Mark Anderson
markandrewanderson@gmail.com
Rick Duffy
duffy.rick@gmail.com
Regatta VP's Laura Roulier
rjclkr@icloud.com
Michael Stone
michaelstone1924@gmail.com
Mariella While
mariellaaw@yahoo.com
Transportation VP

Karen Schliep
karen.schliep@gmail.com
Administration VP Leslie Abbott
lpabbott@hotmail.com
Kevin Edwards
kjedwards1218@yahoo.com
Communications VP Michael Zamba
michaelzamba@yahoo.com
 
Team Registrar Grozdanka Andonova
grzmama@yahoo.com
Kirk Shipley
Head and Women's Varsity Coach
kirkshipley@gmail.com
Head Coach Kirk Shipley enters his second decade both as history teacher and coach at Walt Whitman High School. Originally from Boston, he rowed in high school before competing on the varsity heavyweight team at the University of Pennsylvania.

Spring 2013 marks his 38th season of coaching. In that time, he has worked with Junior Men, Women's Novice and Varsity programs at Woodrow Wilson as well as Whitman High Schools. In addition, he has coached Junior Men and Women's programs in the fall and summer at Thompson Boat Center and Water Street Rowing. He started the Open Men's program at TBC Racing in the summer of 2005 and currently, he is the Junior Women's Coach.

In 2002-03, Coach Shipley became the Girls Varsity Coach. In his eleven years at the helm, the Freshman Women's and 2nd Varsity Eights have each made the final at Stotesbury three times. 2011 and 2012 have been the team's finest years yet, with the Women sweeping the Maryland State Championship, winning the Varsity and JV events in the 4+ and 8+. The team went on to win the Varsity and JV Eights at the WMIRA Championship, taking home the Women's Team Championship. This was the first time since 1999 that the V8 had won. The 2V went on to make the final at the Stotesbury Cup, and the Varsity 8+ qualified for and competed in the USRowing Youth National Championship. Not to be outdone, the 1V were silver medalists in the Women's Junior 8+ at the SRAAs in 2012.
Bridgid Myers
Assistant Women's Varsity Coach
bridgid.myers@gmail.com
Coach Myers learned to row while at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she was a two-time All-Big Ten selection, CRCA All-Central Region selection, and team captain in 2002. She medaled at the Big 10 Championships as well as the 1999 NCAA Championships. Her coaching career began at her alma mater, after which she became the head novice coach at Boston College, Northeastern University, and then the University of Rhode Island. She has coached athletes who have won gold medals in Olympic games, World Championships, NCAA Championships, the Head of the Charles Regatta, Eastern Sprints, IRA’s, Atlantic 10 Conference Championships, Canadian Henley and US Rowing Club Nationals. She moved to D.C. and began coaching at TBC and Whitman in 2010.

Coach Myers' coaching philosophy starts with the belief that rowing is a perfect vehicle to teach young women how to achieve the unthinkable, and gain confidence and self-reliance along the way. And, as she says, “It’s fun to go fast.” She enjoys seeing her girls push through boundaries and reach goals they once could barely imagine. Last year, her Whitman rowers were a very happy bunch, with the Women’s Jr. 4+ making the semi-finals at Stotesbury, her Women’s Jr. 8+ making semis at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America National Championships, and her Women’s 3d Varsity coming in third at Maryland State Championships and second at the Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Rowing Association (WMIRA) Championships. Bridgid looks forward to achieving even more this year.
Elliott Lane
Men’s Varsity Coach
coach.elliott.lane@gmail.com
Elliott Lane began his rowing career at rowing powerhouse St. Andrew’s School in Delaware. At St. Andrew’s, Coach Lane was a member of the National Bronze Medalist Junior 8, and the recipient of the John Schoonover Crew Award. In college, Elliott competed on the Men’s Heavyweight Team at Georgetown University.

Coach Lane has been involved in coaching for the past 15 years. His previous positions include work with St. Albans, O’Connell, Loyola University, Georgetown University and the Thompson Boat Center. Over the years, his teams have made the finals at the Eastern Sprints, medaled at Stotesbury and Scholastic Nationals, and won races at the IRA, Dad Vails, US Rowing Nationals and the Canadian Henley.

Coach Lane’s fairness and wit have won him excellent praise from both his rowers and their parents. His high standards are based on the belief that the athletes he coaches can win regattas if they do their best. He’s tireless, and an excellent technical and strength coach. His Whitman boats have won several gold at State and Washington Metropolitan Rowing Association Championships.
James Grant
Assistant Men's Varsity Coach
jim.grant.c@gmail.com
Coach Grant brings a decade of rowing and two seasons of coaching experience to the Whitman Crew team. A graduate of Bethesda Chevy Chase High School ('06), he has no qualms working with the very same rivals whom he competed against in his younger days (time heals all wounds).

After four successful years on the Potomac, James went on to row for Bates College in Lewiston, ME, where he joined the varsity squad as a freshman. From 2006 to 2010, James raced exclusively in the Men's Varsity (8+), taking part in the Varsity Men's first ever, top-three finish at the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). In 2009, James was the bow man in the first Bates boat to qualify for, and participate in, the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta in England. Upon graduation, he was among 15 division peers presented with the All-NESCAC team award.

Today, James is pursuing a degree in International Relations and International Economics at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS). As a full-time graduate student, he appreciates the fresh air, vitamin D, and social interaction afforded to him by coaching that he would otherwise be deprived of in the SAIS library. After so many years away, coach Grant is excited to get back on the Potomac for what he anticipates to be another successful spring.
David Roberts
Novice Men's Coach
davidroberts1589@gmail.com
Coach Roberts graduated Whitman High School in 2007. He began his rowing career as a freshman and was captain of the Varsity team his senior year. Coach Roberts stroked the Whitman Varsity 8+ his junior year to its first and only National Capital Championship (currently WMIRA).

He continued his rowing career at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where he garnered the Rookie of the Year Award his freshman year and the Charles "Chip" Hart '90 Award for Determination and Commitment in 2011. He was elected captain of the Varsity squad his senior year (2011) and his crew went on to qualify for and compete at he Henley Royal Regatta in England.

Coach Roberts is also a MCPS Mathematics teacher at Neelsville Middle School. He coached the boys' soccer team his first year at Neelsville and currently serves as the school's Athletic Coordinator. However, Roberts did not want to be separated from rowing, and he returned to his alma mater this fall to take the helm of the Freshman Girls team.

Coach Roberts is excited to lead and prepare this class for success in the spring and instill in them the work ethic to be successful Student Athletes on the Varsity team in the years to come.
Pat McCloskey
Novice Women's Coach
pwmccloskey@yahoo.com
A native of Philadelphia, Patrick McCloskey rowed competitively for seven years: four as an oarsmen at Saint Joseph's Preparatory in Philadelphia, PA, and three years at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. During his final year as an undergraduate, McCloskey coached the Novice Men at Gonzaga College High School for Boys where his crews went undefeated locally, experiencing their first and only loss to his alma mater during the semi-finals at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta. To this day, McCloskey suffers a strange mixture of pride and regret. Officially retiring from competitive rowing with little or no fanfare, McCloskey went on to pursue a Master's Degree in English Literature and Creative Writing at the City College of New York. Having learned to read quickly while standing on crowded subway cars, a thinner, poorer McCloskey eventually left Manhattan and has since coach rowing both far and wide. Among others, he has coached at the Lincoln Park Juniors Rowing Club, Bethesda Chevy-Chase High School, Philadelphia University, Woodrow Wilson High School, and the University of Pennsylvania. In his rare moments of free time, McCloskey enjoys long walks, long books, and commiserating about a myriad of social ills with his dog and spiritual mentor, Tito.
See why we are so proud of our alumni rowers!
Since 1987, Whitman Crew graduates have attended excellent colleges. Here is a partial list of schools that have accepted recent rowers:

2014 graduates
  • Boston College
  • Cornell
  • Dartmouth
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • University of Oregon
  • McGill
  • Michigan
  • Montgomery College
  • NYU
  • Penn State
  • Purdue
  • Washington Lee University
  • Wesleyan
  • Cornell
  • Williams
  • Syracuse
  • Hobart-William Smith
  • Elon
  • Florida State
  • Fordham University
  • St. Lawrence University
  • St. Mary's College of Maryland
  • University of Miami
  • Brown
  • Drexel
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Maryland – Honors Program
  • University of Michigan
  • North Carolina State
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Purdue
  • Rutgers
  • Southern California University
  • University of South Carolina
  • Tulane
  • Washington State
  • Berkeley
  • University of Alabama
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Colorado
  • Cornell
  • University of Delaware
  • Drexell University
  • Georgetown
  • Hobart and William Smith
  • Marietta
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Michigan
  • Northwestern
  • Penn State Honors
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Sewanee
  • Tulane Honors
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Washington
  • William and Mary
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Cornell
  • Harvard
  • Harvey-Mudd
  • Hobart and William Smith
  • University of Illinois
  • Lehigh
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Michigan
  • Middlebury
  • University of Minnesota
  • Northwestern
  • Northeastern
  • Notre Dame
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Tulane
  • University of Virginia
  • Wake Forrest
  • Wellesley
  • University of Wisconsin