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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.

Jim Fitzgerald - Assistant Coach - Varsity Women 

Coach Fitz returns again this year after another highly successful season as the W.T. Woodson (WTW) Crew Women's Varsity Coach! From 2004 - 2008, Fitz was the WTW Crew Head Coach during which time he led the team to six gold, ten silver, and three bronze Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association (VASRA) Championship medals and four Washington Post All Met “Best Boats.” After a successful run as the Women’s Varsity Coach for South County High School, Fitz returned to WTW Crew in 2013.

During the 2013-2014 season Fitz 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 Petite Finals at the NSRA National Championships. In the 2015-2016 season he led the women’s’ team to one gold and one bronze in the VASRA Championships, three semi-final appearances at The Stotesbury Cup and one semi-final appearance at the SRAA National Championships. During the 2016 - 2017 season, under Fitz, the Lightweight Eight earned a bronze medal at VASRA Championships and an appearance at SRAA. In the 2017-2018 season he coached the Lightweight Eight and the Junior Eight to the gold in the VASRA Championships and the Lightweight Eight to fourth in finals at the SRAA National Championships.

His involvement in rowing has extended will beyond coaching high school athletes. Coach Fitz is a former Director of the Board of the W.T. Woodson Crew Booster Association, an accomplished former Masters Rower, and part-time Masters Coach with the Northern Virginia Rowing Club (NVRC).

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.

Kristina Mickey - Assistant Coach
Coach Mickey has lived in Fairfax County most of her life. She started her rowing career at W.T. Woodson. In 1993 and 1994 she earned the gold in the senior women’s quad at the Virginia Scholastic regatta and the Scholastic Rowing Association of America national championships. While at W.T. Woodson she was selected to attend the Olympic festival selection camp and train at the New York Athletic Club in the summer of 1993. She attended the Olympic Festival in San Antonio, Texas, winning the bronze medal in women’s junior double. She was recruited and earned a scholarship to row for Mercyhurst University. She stroked the varsity eight at the Head of the Charles Regatta as a freshman, was a varsity rower for four years and was captain in her final two years.

Upon graduation Coach Mickey moved to Philadelphia In 1999 to start her career as a teacher. While there she volunteered at the University of Pennsylvania, coaching the lightweight men. In 2002 Coach Mickey came back to W.T. Woodson as coach of the varsity men’s team. For many years Coach Mickey took time off to start a family. In 2010-2011 she coached the Fairfax High school varsity men’s team, which made the finals at the Virginia states and attended Scholastic Rowing Association of America Nations Championships in Saratoga, New York. Her love for coaching has always been there, leading her to return to the coaching scene in 2016. For the last two years Coach Mickey has been an assistant coach at Robinson Secondary school for the varsity women. This past year she coached the women’s 2V8 to finish third at Virginia Scholastic Regatta.

Coach Mickey is a 3rd grade AAP teacher for Oak View Elementary School. She has been teaching for 20 years, 17 of them in Fairfax County schools. In the high school off season Coach Mickey coaches for Resilient Rowing Club.


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. He has a US Rowing Level 2 Coaching certificate. In addition to years coaching youth sports he has an Erg for conditioning and to maintain an understanding of the challenge of crew.

 
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!

Lucy Taylor - Assistant Coach
Coach Lucy began her rowing career as a WTW coxswain. She won a Bronze medal in the State Championship with the WTW Women's Freshman 8+ in 2009 and also placed 3rd at States with the Women's Junior 8+ in 2010.

Her senior year at Woodson 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 she 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.

In addition to coaching, Coach Lucy works with adults with autism, and tutors high school students.

In the off-season (summer and fall) Coach Lucy coaches for Resilient Rowing Club’s Developmental programs. She’s excited for another great year with Woodson!