MEET OUR COACHES
PROGRAM DIRECTOR & WOMEN'S HEAD COACH
Coach James began rowing at Iona College and fell in love with the sport from the first practice. While there he was a two-time MAAC All-Academic honoree, placed 3rd in the 2004 JV4+, and was the President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. His coaching career at Langley. Coach James has coached for other area programs including Holton Arms and Wakefield, where his teams medaled at the state level and had many successful showings at national regattas, including consecutive SRAA finals appearances in the Boys LT-4 in 2016 and the Girls LT-4 in 2017. During his tenure at Wakefield, the team won the Girls Division II Points trophy in 2017. Additionally all Wakefield Varsity boats qualified for the '17 SRAA National Regatta.
After three years as Wakefield's Head Coach, he joined Oakton for the 2017-2018 season. In his first year, James helped the women's team bring home a State Championship and a State Runner-Up finish, as well as the first National Championship in team history. Additionally, the women's team placed 4th in the Team Points Trophy, qualified all varsity boats for the SRAA National Championship, and the Women's Lt-4 was recognized as 'Best Boat' in its category in the Washington Post All-Met selections. For the 2018-2019 season, James was named Program Director and will assist with implementation of unified policies and procedures for all Oakton Crew athletes.
When not coaching he works as a Senior Consultant and spends time with his wife and two kids.
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.
WOMEN’S ASSOCIATE COACH
Coach Z joins the Oakton staff after three years 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.
In the club season Coach Z works with the Competitive rowing team at Resilient Rowing Club. 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.
Men’s Varsity Assistant Coach
NOVICE COORDINATOR & WOMEN'S NOVICE COACH
Coach Katie rowed for GMU Varsity 2010-2013, and graduated in 2014. Her coaching experience includes a stint as Assistant Coach at James Madison, and in addition to coaching the Oakton Women's Novice team in 2018, she also can be found at Thompson Boat Center, assisting with the sculling program.
Coach Katie is a Geospatial Analyst, a geography nerd, and she weightlifts for fun.
MEN'S NOVICE COACH
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.
WOMEN’S NOVICE ASSISTANT COACH
Coach Caroline began rowing with Williamsburg Boat Club juniors in 2015, graduating from the program in 2017. She is currently in her second year of rowing with George Mason’s women’s varsity program. Over the summer, Caroline can be found coaching summer league swim and spending as much time on the river as possible. Caroline is a sophomore studying criminology with a concentration in Homeland Security.
MEN’S NOVICE ASSISTANT COACH
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 junior 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.