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Bryan Tylander -  Head Coach and Varsity Men's Coach


Coach Bryan Tylander is entering his 3nd year as the Varsity Men’s coach at WT Woodson, second 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. In the off year he was the assistant regatta director for VASRA. When he’s not coaching, rowing, or being a father or husband, he teaches high school mathematics. Currently, he is teaching Algebra II and AP Statistics at Freedom High School in Prince William County.

Jim Fitzgerald - Assistant Coach - Varsity Women 

Coach Fitz returns this year after another highly successful season as the W.T. Woodson Women's Varsity Coach for the 2016-2017 season! Coach Fitz was WTW’s Head Coach from 2004-2008 and a South County Varsity Women’s Coach from 2009-2012. As WTW Head Coach, he led the team to six gold, ten silver, and three bronze VASRA Championship medals and four Washington Post “Best Boats.” As South County Women's Varsity Coach, he coached the Junior Four to the gold in the VASRA 2011 Championships, the girls 2X to the gold in the VASRA 2012 Championships, three 2012 semi-final appearances at the Stotesbury Cup, two 2012 semi-final appearances in the SRAA National Championships, and invitation for the 2X to race in the prestigious 2012 USRowing Youth National Championships. In 2012-2013, Coach Fitz coached the WTW Girl’s Senior Four to the VASRA finals and an automatic qualification for Scholastic Rowing Association of America (SRAA) Nationals.  In the 2013-2014 season he coached the Senior Four to Finals in the VASRA Championships, Semi-Finals at The Stotesbury Cup, semi-finals at the SRAA National Championships and second in Petites at the NSRA National Championships.  In the 2015-2016 season he led the girl’s team to one gold and one bronze in the VASRA Championships, three semi-final appearances in The Stotesbury Cup and one semi-final appearance in the SRAA National Championships.

Coach Fitz has been a Masters Rower since 1999 and part-time Masters Coach with the Northern Virginia Rowing Club (NVRC). Jim stroked the NVRC men's Grand Masters Eight to the Gold in the Grand Masters Division of the 2005 Head of the Occoquan Regatta, the 2006 Champions of the Occoquan Chase and Bronze in the Men’s Masters 30+ Division of the 2006 Head of the Occoquan. He coached the Women’s Masters Eight to the Gold in the 2007 and 2008 Occoquan Challenges and to Champions of the Chase in 2008. He stroked the Men’s Masters F Club Four+ to fourth in finals at the 2009 USRowing Masters National Championships, to Bronze in the 2010 championships, and first in category and fourth in event in the 2009 Occoquan Masters Sprints. Jim most recently stroked the NVRC Men’s Second Eight in the 2011 Head of the Occoquan Regatta.
 

A retired Navy veteran, Coach Fitz is a VHSL Certified Athletic Coach, USRowing Level III certified and a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard and NASBLA Safe Boating Courses.  He also served two years as co-Membership one year as Communications on the WTW Booster Board.  He resides in Fairfax, is a graduate of the University of Florida (BSBA), the Naval Postgraduate School (MSEA) and the National War College. Jim’s younger son, Michael, was a four-year rower for WTW, a two-year captain, NCASRA and Stotesbury medalist and an All-Virginia Rower in 2002.




Bill Mulholland - Assistant Coach

Coach Bill rowed three years in high school at Msgr. Bonner in the Philadelphia area, rowing in fours and eights. At Navy he rowed 150 crew four years stroking the Plebe, JV, and Varsity boats. During this time he learned to scull as well. On active duty he was a fighter pilot serving 20 years. Transitioning to the civilian life he worked for Boeing before moving to this area to join friends in a consulting company. His son and daughter in law rowed at GMU and GW and both coached local high schools for several years. In addition to years coaching youth sports he rows on his Erg to maintain his humility in this demanding sport.

At Woodson he aims to prepare the crew for the race day physical and mental challenges.


 
Debra Geary - Assistant Coach

Coach Debra began rowing her freshman year at West Springfield High School, and continued to row at Mount Holyoke College. 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!
 
Erik Dahl - Assistant Coach

Coach Dahl started rowing at Oakton High school in 2005 and continued to 2009. He went to several rowing events such as Stotesbury and rowed at national level events for the men's eight. He continued to row in college for Virginia Commonwealth University and moved to smaller boats such as the men's four. The last two years of college he rowed for the lightweight men's 4 and went to many prestigious events such as American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA)'s and the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA)'s. This fall, Erik coached for Still Water Rowing. 2015-2016 is Erik's second year with Woodson Crew.