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Bryan Tylander -  Head Coach and Varsity Men's Coach

Coach Bryan Tylander is entering his 4th year as the Varsity Men’s coach at WT Woodson, third year as Head Coach.

Coach Tylander began his rowing career as coxswain at West Potomac HS in 1987. After a growth spurt he moved to rowing as a lightweight. In his senior year his lightweight 4+ won States (then called NoVAs) and was named Washington Post All-Met Honorable mention. He rowed for 4 years as a lightweight at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS, and was named Oarsman of the Year his senior season. Upon graduation, he remained at the university where he served as the Freshman/Novice coach for two years.

In 1997 Coach Tylander accepted a job as the Head Coach/Varsity Men’s Coach at Wilson HS, a District of Columbia public school. He was awarded the Washington Post All-Met Coach of the year award in his 1st season after his men’s 1st 8 made the petite finals at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta. Two years later he switched to coaching the Varsity Girls where his 1st 8 won the National Capital Championship in 2007. In addition during the summers he coached the junior men’s program at Thompson’s Boat Center in the District of Columbia in 1998, the US Mid-Atlantic Junior Development Squad in 1999 that won the Boys 8 at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, and the junior men’s program at Potomac Boat Club in 2000 and 2001.

After taking a year off from coaching to spend more time with his wife and young children, Coach Tylander accepted a job training the freshman/novice girls at West Springfield HS in the fall of 2009, where he coached three of the next four years. At Woodson his 1st 8 has finished top three at the Virginia Scholastic Championships two of the last three years. Currently, during the day when not responding to crew emails, he is teaching Algebra II and AP Statistics at Freedom High School in Prince William County. He is also currently the president of the VASRA coaches association.

Kristina Mickey - Head Coach, Varsity Women 

Coach Mickey has lived in Fairfax County for most of her life. She started her rowing career at W.T. Woodson. Throughout her days of rowing there she earned the gold at Virginia Scholastic regatta and SRAA in the women’s quad 1993 and 1994. While at W.T. Woodson she was selected to attend the Olympic festival selection camp and train at NYAC in the summer of 1993. She attended the Olympic festival in San Antonito, Texas winning the bronze medal in women’s junior double.  She was recruited and earned a scholarship to row for Mercyhurst University. As a freshman, she stroked the varsity eight at the Head of the Charles and was a varsity rower from 1994-1998.  She was captain for two years in 1996-1998.

After college, coach Mickey moved to Philly and volunteered at the University of Pennsylvania coaching the lightweight men. In 2002 Coach Mickey came back to W.T. Woodson to coach the varsity men’s team. In 2010-2011 she coached Fairfax High school varsity men who made the final at states and attended nationals in Saratoga, New York.  Her love for coaching has always been there so returning to the coaching scene in 2017. Coach Mickey was an assistant coach at Robinson Secondary school for the varsity women 2017,2018. In 2018 Robinson women’s 2V8 finished third at Virginia Scholastic Regatta. In 2019 she came back to her home team Woodson to coach the women’s 1st 8/Jr8. The Jr8 finished 4th in the nation at SRAA this past June. 

During the day Coach Mickey is a 3rd AAP teacher for Oak View Elementary School.  She has been teaching for 21 years and 18 of those years are in Fairfax County Schools. In the high school off-season Coach Mickey coaches for Resilient as one of the girls high-performance coaches. 

Joe Hester - Assistant Coach

is one of W.T. Woodson Crew Team’s most recent hires. While attending the US Coast Guard Academy, he rowed fours and eights in the men’s lightweight program, earning gold and silver medals in Lightweight Eight at Dad Vail championships. While on active duty, he rowed on San Francisco Bay as part of the Coast Guard’s whaleboat team; both boats and rowers were much heavier.

He serves the W.T. Woodson Crew team as a US Rowing Assistant Referee and the Virginia State Rowing Association (VASRA) Team representative. Coach Joe is qualifying as a new coach and rowing with the Occoquan Boat Club (either in a single or with his daughter, Katy).

In the coach’s launch, he is often accompanied by Sea Sea, a Portuguese Water Dog.

Debra Geary - Assistant Coach

Coach Debra began rowing her freshman year at West Springfield High School, and continued to row at Mount Holyoke ollege. She has served as a volunteer coach at West Springfield HS and Washington-Lee HS. Debra believes in positive coaching and teaching rowers the values crew encourages such as diligence, hard work, and teamwork. She’s excited to be a part of the Woodson Crew family!

 Lucy Taylor - Assistant Coach

Coach Lucy
Coach Lucy is excited for another great year with Woodson's Freshmen and Novice Girls! She loves teaching young rowers about the sport and helping develop them into self-motivated athletes. In the 2019 season, her Women's Novice 8+ earned a Bronze Medal in the State Championship.

Coach Lucy began her rowing career as a WTW coxswain. She won a Bronze medal at States in the Women's Freshman 8+ in 2009 and again placed 3rd at States with the Women's Junior 8+ in 2010. In 2012 as a senior, she was the coxswain for the Men's Lightweight 8+, which won a Silver medal at States and placed 4th at Stotesbury Regatta in Philadelphia. After graduating from Woodson, Coach Lucy went on to Clemson University. She graduated with a B.S. in Spanish and International Health in 2016, and worked at a hospital in Clemson for a year before returning to the Northern Virginia area. Currently Coach Lucy works as an aide for two young adults with multiple disabilities, who both graduated from WTW's Special Ed Program. She also tutors high school students with learning disabilities. When Woodson's Crew team is in the off season (summer and fall) Coach Lucy coaches for Resilient Rowing Club.

Lindsay Bowan - Assistant Coach

Coach Lindsay started her rowing career at Woodson as a freshman in 2006. She stroked the novice 8 during this season and took first at the Ted Phoenix Regatta. She continued rowing for the remainder of her high school career, throughout which she was a member of the top boat each year. During junior year, her boat took first in States and sixth in both Stotes and Nationals. That same year, her boat won the Washington-Post All-Met Best Boat. She also received the power-to-weight award two years in a row. 

She was recruited by George Mason University, where she studied Music Education. She received scholarships for both her musical and rowing skills. She was initially placed in the 2V boat, but she was moved up to the 1V before the end of her first year. She continued to row in the 1V for the rest of her time at Mason. She raced in all seats, but she competed most frequently in the bow. She has held records at Mason for the lightweight 2K, deadlift, hang clean, and squat.  

Coach Lindsay graduated in 2014 and got a job with FCPS teaching elementary school band. She started coaching at James Madison High School, where her two boats placed first and third at States. She has rowed with a master's program for one summer and loves the idea of getting back in a boat. She is excited to be at Woodson again and cannot wait to get on the water!