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Whitman Crew is proud of our talented Men’s and Women’s Coaching Staff who all have a reputation for excellence.  Their collective commitment to growing strong rowers who evolve into focused and principled student athletes is a hallmark of our team’s mission.

Additionally, starting in Spring 2022, Whitman Crew is in partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance to provide strategy, support, and education in order to help establish a positive, character-building experience for athletes, based on a positive youth-development perspective and built around the framework of social-emotional learning.  Learn more about PCA at

Whitman Crew is committed to responsiveness for athletes, parents, and coaches.  We understand it is sometimes confusing to know where to go with a question or concern.  In an effort to increase clarity on communication points of entry, the following is offered.  If you have a question and are not sure where to bring it, feel free to email the Board at:

While you are always welcome to contact your athlete's coach directly, we'd suggest reaching out to them via Teamsnap and arranging a time to talk rather than trying to catch them coming or going at practice.

If your concern is of a more sensitive nature and one that you would prefer to speak confidentially with expert advisors in SafeSport, student-athlete development and mental health, and resolution of parent/athlete concerns or disputes, please contact the Whitman Crew Ombuds at:

Dusan Nikolic

Head & Varsity Men's Coach

Dusan Nikolic is the Head & Varsity Men’s Coach for Whitman Crew. Prior to joining our program he was the Program Manager and Head Coach for Hingham Rowing Association outside Boston, Massachusetts. During his tenure there, not only did the size of their program double, but their success on the water increased dramatically. Dusan has over nine years of experience both coaching, and in program management at the collegiate and high school levels. In addition to Hingham, he has coached for respected programs such Pocock Rowing Center in Seattle, Union Boat Club and Lincoln Maritime Center. 

Dusan has achieved success in the sport of rowing as both a Coach and a competitor. He coached Men's Quadruple Sculls to a Gold Medal at the US Rowing's Youth National Championships. Dusan was a recruited collegiate athlete and rowed at the University of Washington during all four years of college. During his college career at Washington his team won numerous medals, including gold in the junior varsity eight at the 2004 IRA Championships.  At Washington, it is worth noting that he only lost to Cal three times in twenty-one races.  

Dusan was born and raised in Serbia, and before moving to America for college, he had the honor of competing on the Serbian National team where he finished ninth in a pair at the 2002 Under 23 World Championships in Genoa, Italy.  

David Noyes

Varsity Women's Head Coach

Before joining Whitman, David was the head coach of the Wakefield High School Rowing Team since 2017 where he coached the team to back-to-back Virginia State titles and was named the Head Coach of the Year by the Washington Post in 2022.  

David was a 4-year collegiate Varsity rower at George Mason University, making finals at the ACRA National Championships in 2014.  He has been coaching high school rowing in the DC area since 2011.

Tressa Vitus

Women's Varsity Assistant Coach

Tressa joins Whitman from National Cathedral School (NCS), where she was an Assistant Varsity Coach.

Tressa was a 4-year Varsity rower at the University of Alabama and rowed locally in high school. 

Brady Strumbel

Men's Varsity Assistant Coach

Brady continues as Men's Varsity Assistant Coach for Whitman Crew this year.

Greta Butz

Novice Women's Coach

Greta joins Whitman from Yorktown Crew, where she served as both the Women's Assistant Coach and Interim Head Coach last year. 

Greta was a 4-year collegiate rower at Virginia Tech.

Hunter Coker

Novice Men's Coach

Hunter joins Whitman from Oakton High School's Men's Rowing Team, where he served as Head Coach.  While at Oakton, he coached crews to area championship medals over the last two years.

Hunter began his rowing career during high school in Richmond, VA, and continued as a collegiate rower at George Mason University.