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Tim Binnig
Interim Men's Coach

A Westerville Crew alumnus, Tim rowed for 5 years at Westerville Crew as a member of the lightweight 8 boat, and found great success having gone to Youth Nationals twice, Club Nationals three times, and Canadian Henleys three times while part of Westerville Crew in high school. Following high school, he began rowing at Miami University.  In addition to rowing full-time, Tim was a Student Coach for Miami University's Rowing Club and helped reinvigorate the club and set them on a path for future success before graduating last year. There he was responsible for training and development of athletes as well as on-the-water safety, equipment management, fundraising, and recruitment.  


Before rejoining Westerville Crew as a summer coach, Tim served as a coach for Greater Miami Rowing Center's juniors program for middle school students in the Hamilton/West Chester area. Many of our Westerville Crew summer rowers have already benefited from Coach Tim's time with the club this summer as he focused on sweep & sculling technique, strength, and boat speed. We look forward to Tim continuing to bring his skillset to the athletes of Westerville Crew this fall. 



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

Elisa began rowing during sophomore year of college, after the club field hockey team folded. She was in search of something athletic to do and needed that structure of practices and competition again in her life. She has not stopped rowing since.  She rowed for three years on the Ohio University Women’s Crew team from 2012-2015. In addition she also served at the fundraising chair for two years. As well as spearheading a project to obtain a dock for the team that was approved by the Ohio University as well as the state of Ohio. She also coached the women’s novice team from 2016-2017 during her first year of teaching. In addition to rowing for Ohio University, she rowed for the Greater Columbus Rowing association from 2014-2016. She began rowing for the Westerville Crew Masters team in 2018. She started coaching with the juniors program for Westerville in the winter of 2021. When not on the water, she teaches seventh grade math and social studies in Marysville. At first, she was skeptical of coaching high school students, and now she can’t imagine a day in her life without them


Ben Harvey

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Cole Smith

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Obi Mowtegna

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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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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. 


Bruce Binnig

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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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