Coaches

Kyle Stanley began rowing his first week of high school and hasn't looked back. After first discovering rowing as a freshman on the first year of St. Francis de Sales High School's rowing team in Toledo, OH, where he rowed for 8 seasons, he attended Marquette University, and immediately knew that he wanted to remain rowing and joined Marquette Crew. During his 4 years on the team, Kyle competed in the team's top lightweight boats and spent a year as President of the club.

 

After spending summers coaching various rowing camps, Kyle rejoined Marquette Crew as a coach in 2014, coaching the women's team for 3 years before moving back to Ohio to take over as Head Coach for Great Miami Crew in the winter of 2017. In the Fall of 2018, Kyle moved to Columbus to take on the challenge of coaching the Men for Westerville Crew.

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Coach Tolly began rowing at Middletown Rowing, (Connecticut), Kent School and Brown University.  After graduation from the U. of Washington he served in the Army with his last assignment being as an economics teacher at West Point, where he also coached the varsity men’s crews, transforming a program that had not won a race in institutional memory into a college club powerhouse in just two years. 

After leaving the Army, Tolly entered the corporate world and continued his own rowing in Cleveland, Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia, and several clubs in south Florida.  He also coached juniors’ crews in Florida, where, among other achievements, his crews won the Head of the Schuylkill, appeared on the podium at the Florida Scholastic Rowing Association, and in the finals at the US Rowing Club Nationals.

Along the way, he has coached men and women’s crews from novice to elite level, including a small group from their first strokes to the finals at the Elite Nationals.

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Elisa Kreiman

Kyle Stanley

Tolly Allen

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Gabe Hartnett

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Maggie Cavanaugh

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Nick DeGroff

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Andrew Prephan

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Payton Sacrant

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Matt Chase

Matt has a long history with WRC, serving as the Head Coach for almost 20 years. Recently retired, Matt is an active WRC Board member, in addition to helping coach the masters program.

Matt spent many years actively rowing as a Masters athlete with his twin brother Bruce.

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Walter Lundstrom
Adjunct Coach

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Derek Blazo

Program Director

Derek, originally from New Jersey, started rowing in college at The Ohio State University in 1990. Influenced by some of his early coaches (Tim, Jimbo and Brian), he developed what would become a lifelong passion for the sport. After moving to Westerville in 1998, he found the WRC rowing program and has been involved as a volunteer, a coach and a board member ever since. 

He currently also sits on the USRowing Referee Committee representing the Midwest Region where he has a wonderful opportunity to help support and expand the sport on a national level. 

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Becky Kirwin

After a long break from her college rowing years, Becky joined Westerville Crew in 2013. She started coaching as an assistant to the novice men’s and women’s teams. She continues to help the other coaches, providing help where needed. She is also a masters rower and a USRowing referee. 

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Inspired by his daughter, Tatiana, a very successful Westerville Crew varsity and then division 1 rower, Walter started his career as a competitive master rower in 2008. As a past squash coach and teaching pro, he was glad to help out at Westerville Crew. Since then, he has coached the novice and the varsity women as well as being head coach for the novice men. Even though Walter started as a sweeper, he spends more time sculling his single,  and he would love to inspire more masters to learn how fun sculling can be.