MEET OUR COACHES
Men's Head COACH Stefan A. Koch
Stefan learned to row at JEB Stuart High School and the University of Pennsylvania. He’s enjoyed coaching in Fairfax, Seattle, and Baltimore. Stefan began coaching at George Mason University, then spent 6 years as the Varsity Women's Coach at Robinson Secondary School. Robinson won the Girls' 2nd 8 event at Stotesbury in 2002, a Virginia state title in 2005, and numerous other States medals in those years.
Following Robinson, Stefan moved to Seattle, living there for 5 years. He taught high school history in Sammamish, WA and coached for Mount Baker Crew. He took multiple crews to USRowing Youth Nationals, placing as high as 5th in the Boys' Varsity 8. In 2010, Stefan took over as the Novice Men's & Women’s coach at Loyola University in Maryland. He served in that role for 3 years, during which Loyola’s Lightweight Women’s 4 placed 4th at the IRA National Championship.
Stefan became Men's Varsity Coach at Oakton High School in November 2013, and also coaches in the Summer and Fall for Resilient Rowing Club, in addition to coaching a USRowing Junior Development Camp. The Oakton Men's team won gold in the Pair at the 2016 NSRA Nationals. In 2017 the Oakton Men's 2nd 8 won Silver at Virginia States, and the Lightweight 4 won Gold. The Varsity Men’s team has doubled in size in his time at Oakton. Stefan is certified by USRowing as a Level III coach, and also works as a substitute teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools.
woMen's Head COACH james augone
James joins Oakton Crew having spent the past three years at Wakefield High School as the Head Coach. During that time, Wakefield won the Girls Division II Points trophy on the strength of two state runner up finishes. Additionally, Wakefield qualified all of their Varsity Boats for the SRAA National Regatta for the first time in school history with the Men's Lightweight 4+ finishing 5th in the country in 2016, and the Women’s Lightweight 4+ 6th in the country in 2017. Previously, James was the Head Coach at Holton-Arms, where the Lightweight 4+ finished 2nd at the Conference Championships. In 2008 and 2009, he was the Varsity Women’s coach at Langley High School.
In 2015, James joined the D.C. Strokes’ coaching staff as the assistant coach for the Club program. Since then he has joined the competitive program as the assistant coach, and now as the lead coach.
James learned to row at Iona College, where he found success with a 3rd place finish in the JV 4+ at MAAC Championships, MAAC All-Academic Team and 1st in V8+ at Spring Metropolitan Championships. After graduating, James moved to Washington D.C. in 2007, and rowed for Capital Rowing Club’s Competitive Team in 2008.
James believes that a balance of hard work and having fun are the keys to success. Additionally, transparency in boating decisions, training plans, and other related areas helps to foster a trust and understanding between not just the coach and the rowers, but also the coach and the parents. When everyone has an understanding of not just the expectations, but the reasons why things are being done and decisions are made it helps everyone involved to feel more a part of the decision.
James grew up on Long Island playing many sports, mainly football, hockey, and golf. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf, and relaxing and enjoying family time with his wife Kim and his son Brayden.