MEET OUR COACHES
WOMEN'S HEAD COACH
Coach Z enters his second year of coaching for the Oakton Crew women’s team, following three years coaching at Madison High School. He began coaching while in college, returning to his high school crew team to teach summer learn-to-row camps. He also taught skill and drill sessions with masters rowing at Juniper Rowing Club. Coach Z began his full time coaching career in Northern Virginia at Thomas Jefferson High School as the Girls Lower Boats coach, where he led his crews to back-to-back state championships. From there he moved to Women’s Assistant Varsity Coach at Madison.
Coach Z previously worked with the competitive rowing team at Resilient Rowing during club season. In 2015 he helped coach the women’s pair to gold at the USRowing Club National Championships and in 2016 he coached a women's junior quad to gold at the Philadelphia Youth Regatta. He brings eight years of personal rowing & coxswain experience from Hickory High School and the University of Mary Washington, and has coached many of our athletes at Resilient Rowing at Sandy Run during the summer and fall competitive seasons.
While at UMW Coach Z was awarded All Capital Athletic Conference 1st Team and Mid-Atlantic 1st Team honors, and graduated with a degree in Computer Science. He works as a software engineer when he's not living on the Occoquan.
Coach Chase rowed for the GMU Crew Club from 2014-2018, and served as both Vice President, and President of the Club. His collegiate rowing career finished with a 1st place national championship in the Men's Varsity 4+ at the ACRA Regatta in June of 2018.
He is finishing a degree in Biology at Mason this fall, and is continuing to build on his 8 years of rowing experience.
Coach TJ was born in York, Pennsylvania and moved to Bedford County, Virginia, in 2004. He wrestled in middle and high school for 5 years, and has coached children’s and middle school wrestling. Coach TJ is a senior at George Mason University studying Electrical Engineering, and he rows for Mason Crew in addition to serving as a Cadet in the ROTC Program.
Coach TJ plans to graduate in 2021 with an EE degree and a Commission as an Army officer. He hopes to serve as an officer with the military, as well as indirectly working as a civilian with a focus on signals and systems.
Coach Francesca rowed for James Madison High School and went on to row D1 for Old Dominion University. She graduated May 2019 with a degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology. Coach Francesca has worked with Resilient Rowing Club for about 4 years and has been coaching for about 3. This is her first year with Oakton and will be coaching the Novice girls.
MEN'S HEAD COACH
Coach Meehan has coached rowing continuously since 1989 with WT Woodson HS (1989-94, Head Coach & Girls' Head Coach), Woodbridge HS (1994-2016, Girls' Head Coach), & Robinson HS (2017-18, Boys' Jr-Varsity Coach). Coach Meehan's teams have won VA State, Stotesbury, and SRAA medals in doubles, quads, fours, and lightweight 8's. He was also an assistant coach at the 1994 USRowing High Altitude Training camp in January 1994.
He started rowing as a very thin coxswain at George Washington HS in 1965, moved to oarsman after a growth spurt, and rowed two summers during college at Old Dominion BC under Dee Campbell. In 1984 he began sculling and served as Occoquan BC president for two years. He was extremely fortunate to re-learn rowing under Igor Grinko, USRowing & Olympic Sculling Head Coach when Grinko took over the program at Sandy Run from 1990-94. Meehan believes that sculling is the most effective means to demonstrate and learn how to move a boat very fast. Other accomplishments include rowing 114 miles of the Erie Canal in 2016 with his brother-in-law who rowed the entire 342 miles in 14 days. (Talk about a sore seat!)
Coach Meehan lives with his wife, Kathleen, in Lake Ridge, Virginia, although many suspect he also has an apartment in the Boathouse so he can complete all of his projects.
CAROLINE LARSON: ASSISTANT COACH
Coach Caroline began rowing with Williamsburg Boat Club juniors in 2015, graduating from the program in 2017. She is in her third year of rowing with George Mason’s women’s varsity program. Over the summer, Caroline can be found coaching summer league swimming and spending as much time on the river as possible.
Caroline is a junior studying criminology with a concentration in Homeland Security.
Coach Hunter started rowing in 2015 for River City Crew in Richmond and went on to compete at USRowing's Mid-Atlantic Youth Regionals three years straight placing First in the Men's Novice 4+r category and Fifth in the Men's 2x. After High School he went on to row for George Mason's Club team for two years before being forced to stop because of injury.
After being a general team Assistant Coach last year he was brought back now in the role of Assistant Men's' Varsity Coach. He is a Junior at George Mason studying Business Management and Marketing. When he isn't in class or coaching he spends most of his time either running the social media for an Animal Rescue Non-Profit or spending time with his cat and dog.