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Bryan Tylander -  Head Coach and Varsity Men's Coach


Coach Bryan Tylander is entering his 4nd 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 Women's Varsity Coach! Coach Fitz was WTW’s Head Coach from 2004-2008 and a South County Varsity Women’s Coach from 2009-2012. As WTW’s Head Coach, he led the team to six gold, ten silver, and three bronze Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association (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 double/2X to the gold in the VASRA 2012 Championships, three 2012 semi-final appearances at The Stotesbury Cup, two 2012 semi-final appearances at the Scholastic Rowing Association of American (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 automatic qualification for SRAA Championships. 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, the Bronze Medal in the 2010 championships, and first in category and fourth in event in the 2009 Occoquan Masters Sprints

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. 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 was a WTW coxswain from 2008-2012. 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 she was the coxswain for the WTW 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. She's excited to be working with Woodson Crew again!