WAHS Crew Coaches

WAHS Crew is staffed with outstanding coaches, many with over 25 years experience with college and national programs. Our coaches are passionate about the sport, and volunteer their time to transfer their knowledge to the team and individual rower development.

Myriam Pitts – PROGRAM FOUNDER

myriamMyriam inspired a generation of young people with her passion and dedication to the sport of rowing.  She founded the BCS and Western Albemarle Rowing Teams and was the force that have elevated the program to a national level.  The program has  had a profound effect upon many young peoples’ lives, making them stronger, more resilient, more determined and given them an insight into what it takes to realize their best.  After a courageous battle with cancer, she died on November 7, 2016 leaving a legacy of love and veneration that is rarely surpassed, a legacy that we are committed to honoring.  Now, as she said, “We must keep the momentum going and develop a plan that will hone our athletes to their highest potential.”

Myriam attended Marie Haps College (University of Louvain) and received a Masters in Translation and Interpretation with post graduate certifications in French, Spanish, ESOL and Dutch. Level III U.S. Rowing Certified Coach. CPR & First Aid current certification. Master rower medalist in national regattas. She attended the Regina Coeli High School in Lyceum, Belgium. AFS scholarship California. Participant in the Ballet du XX Siècle. Alpine skier. Long distance runner.

Craig Redinger – Head Coach

CTR-Boundary-Waters Craig’s athletic career spans a lifetime; beginning with youth baseball and swimming, high school football and track, and college pole vaulting. During a five year stint as the University of Virginia assistant swimming coach, he discovered sculling, immediately fell in love with the sport and has competed for over 40 years in open and masters’ events across the country and in Europe.  Recently retired as an international lawyer responsible for the German practice of  a global law firm, he devotes his time to fostering start-ups in the area as a board member of the Charlottesville Angel Network, guiding the Boy Scouts Stonewall Jackson Area Council as its president, teaching international M&A, coaching, training and enjoying the serenity of sculling.  All of his three sons attended Western Albemarle High School, and he and his wife, Martha (after whom one of the team’s single shells is named) have lived, other than a three year hiatus in Munich,  in Charlottesville since their college days.

 

Chris Jackson

coachphoto_jackson2016Chris Jackson first learned to scull as a club rower at the Rudergesellschaft Heidelberg (Germany) in 1990.  Since 1991, Chris has trained and competed in the 1x, mens 2x, mixed 2x and mixed 4x as a club and masters rower at the Atlanta Rowing Club (GA), Passaic River Rowing Association (NJ), Rivanna Rowing Club, and now at Beaver Creek Sculling.  Chris has won many races over the years in the 1x, 2x and 4x at regattas such as Diamond State Masters and other regional regattas in the south, the northeast and the mid-Atlantic and in the 2x and 4x at the USRowing National Masters Championships.  Chris has also trained extensively on the rowing ergometer, including four erg marathons (42,195 meters) and one erg ultra-marathon (100,000 meters).  Chris and his wife have lived in Ivy since 2008, and their son and daughter attend Meriwether Lewis Elementary School.  Chris served as an assistant coach for WAHS Rowing off and on from 2009-10 and has now returned to the fold.

Peter Massarelli

pjmPeter started rowing in high school in the 1970s and was a member and captain of the Dartmouth College Heavyweight crew. While at Dartmouth, he was president of the Dartmouth Rowing Club and recipient of the Stewards Award. He coached St. John’s High School (Shrewsbury, MA) to a top 5 finish at the Head of the Charles in 1984 and coached the Dartmouth Freshman Heavyweight rowing team the following year. After college he rowed at Riverside Boat Club in Boston and returned to the sport in 2013 as a volunteer to help coach Western Albemarle High School. It’s the best “job” he’s ever had. His other jobs include being an Adjunct Faculty member in the Engineering School at UVA and a co-owner of Breviloquent, a design and communications strategy company. Peter has two daughters who have both rowed for WAHS.

Steve Bragaw

Steve rowed four years for Wesleyan University in Middletown CT. At Wesleyan, his boats won several championships competing in NESCAC racing across New England.   Steve has been coaching for WAHS/BCS since spring season 2014. He’s worked with novices and varsity, and has particularly enjoyed the summer learn to row program.  In June 2016 and 2017 he coordinated the logistics and travelled with the WAHS girls senior quads to the US Rowing Youth Nationals Championships in FL and NJ.  His coaching style emphasizes the mental preparation for racing, and loves coaching crew because it is the purest form of teaching imaginable. He’s currently working on his Level II US Rowing coaching license.  Steve is a visiting professor of politics at Washington and Lee University in Lexington VA, where he teaches constitutional law and American politics.  He specializes in the U.S. Supreme Court, and has lectured on American constitutional development for the Supreme Court Historical Society, the John Marshall Foundation, and the Smithsonian Institution. Before Washington and Lee, Steve taught at Sweet Briar College and the University of Virginia.

Lizzie Coleman

Lizzie holds a BA degree in Art History and French from Lake Forest College. While raising her children, she volunteered in the school art print program. She moved on to become the art teacher at the Beau Pre-Kindergarten. Lizzie has completed the Pilates foundation training of Basic Mat and Reformer through Pilates Excel while under the tutelage of renowned instructor Rebecca Leone. She is in the process of completing her certification while training and instructing at Tru Pilates.

Lizzie is the mother of three children, ages 14-21. She is a lifelong horse enthusiast, downhill skier and played lacrosse during her school years. She has always complemented her active lifestyle with various forms of organized exercise. She discovered Pilates upon reaching her 40s and was completely won over by the rejuvenating effect it had on her. She is eager to share with her clients the incredible postural length, strength and energy one gains from practicing Pilates.

Lieve Pitts

Gradate from UVA, Lieve rowed all four years for UVA. She still competes and is also an active scuba diver. She works for UCEA. Level I certificate.

Christopher “Kit” Collins – Trailer Driver

Kit graduated from Washington & Lee University and entered the Navy serving on diesel submarines. Later, he worked as a commercial tour guide in the Soviet Union. After earning a Ph.D. at Indiana University, Kit taught Russian literature at Syracuse and UVA and published two books on 20th Century Russian writers Nikolai Evreinov and Evgenij Zamjatin.

Overweight, flabby and heading for an early death, at age 60 Kit discovered “erging” and soon learned that rowing on the Rivanna was even more enjoyable. Six years later he won the first of several national and world age-group titles and some course records in erging, single sculls, mens doubles (with fellow submarine veteran Cal Sutliff), and mixed doubles (with Dr. Gia DeAngelis).

Kit still enjoys full-time work as a real estate broker in the Charlottesville and Staunton areas. He and his wife, Susan, row on the Rivanna at every opportunity.