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MEN'S  COACHES

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JACK CONNORS

Head Coach​

Jack began rowing in 2008 at Robinson Secondary in Fairfax, VA, and medaled at various state and regional regattas.

 

He was recruited to row lightweight at the University of Delaware, where he studied domestic policy.  He was privileged to be a part of the winning'est crew in team history during his time at Delaware, including historic victories over teams such as Harvard, Columbia, Penn and others.

 

When not in the boat, he served as the team photographer and had his work featured by RowingRelated and USRowing.

 

He began coaching in 2016 and is proud to have worked with crews that have been successful both at the local and national level. 

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NATE MCCLAFFERTY

Assistant Coach

Nate began coaching in 2010.  As a coach, his rowers have medaled at States, the Mercer Lake Championships, and the Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints.  His rowers have also been selected to the Washington Post All-Met rowing team and many have gone on to row for various colleges including, but not limited to, University of Virginia, Mercyhurst University, William and Mary, Georgia Tech, University of Delaware, and the University of Mary Washington.
 
Nate began his rowing career the summer after his seventh grade year at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA.  As a rower for T.C., he had one undefeated season, won multiple NOVA and NCASRA titles, made the grand finals of Stotesbury and Nationals several times, and was awarded the Old Dominion Boat Club Outstanding Oarsmen award his senior year.

 

Upon graduation, he went on to row as a lightweight for Cornell University.  He had one undefeated season, won Eastern Sprints, and placed second at the Belly of the Carnegie, losing only to the other Cornell lightweight boat. 

 
After graduating from Cornell, he went on to pursue graduate studies at Georgetown University in Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and Biomathematics. He graduated with an M.S. from Georgetown in 2009 and accepted a position with the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General.

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JON BARRETT

Assistant Coach

Jon began rowing in 1996 at Hylton High School in Woodbridge, VA, where he earned medals at States and Stotesbury.

 

Upon graduation, he went across the river to row at George Mason University, where he was named team captain and was a three-time Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) finalist.  He has continued to train as a member of Occoquan Boat Club and the George Mason University Alumni Club.
 
Jon is entering his 14th season as a scholastic rowing coach, working with all levels of crews.  His boy’s 3rd eight won the State title in 2007.  Two years later he led his girl’s 1st eight to the State title.  

 

Jon served six years on the Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association (VASRA) Coaches Executive Committee.
 
He has an ACE Personal Trainer License, a CPR/AED certification, and a US Rowing Level 3 coaching certification.

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BRADEN BARNETT

Assistant Coach​

Braden Barnett is a McLean Alumnus (Class of ‘21) and has been coaching for a year. He began his coaching career last winter at Yorktown High School where he ran the freshman/novice program, coaching his Freshman 8 crew to a gold medal at VSRC and finals appearances at the Stotesbury Regatta and SRAA National Championship. He was an assistant coach for the TBC Racing U19 Boys this past Summer and sent crews to USRowing Summer Nationals and Canadian Henley. He currently is a junior at the George Washington University where he studies International Affairs and is a member of the rowing team. At GW, he has won the ACRA Championship in the 2V 8 and a bronze medal in the same event at the Dad Vail Regatta. At McLean, he won the State Championship 3 times in the Freshman 8 and 1V categories and is extremely excited to come back and help the program continue and build upon its culture of success. 

WOMEN'S COACHES

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CAROL DINION

Head Coach​

 

Carol came to McLean in 2016. Under her leadership, both the freshman 8 and 1V have finished 5th at SRAA nationals.  Carol's boats have won several State Championships.  Carol was the Yorktown girls head coach from 2008-2015 and helped build the program to its current success, with medals at States, Stotes, and SRAA's.    Prior to Yorktown, Carol coached the novice girls at TJ.  Additionally, Carol was named Washington Post All-Met Coach of the Year in 2010. 

 

Carol has been a US junior national sculling coach, OBC select junior sculling coach, and has worked with master athletes at NVRC and Occoquan Boat Club.  Currently, Carol  oversees the High Performance Junior and U23 seasonal programs at Potomac Boat Club. Carol's U19 and U23 sculling boats have earned medals at Summer Nationals and Head of the Charles.  Carol loves to be a student of our sport, holds a Level 3 coaching certificate (high performance).  She is CPR/First Aid certified and a registered YIN yoga teacher and Level 1 CrossFit trainer.

 

Carol continues to race and place in singles and doubles at local events as well as masters nationals, FISA Worlds, the Head of the Charles. Carol has a BS in biochemistry from Virginia Tech, where she was a varsity swimmer, a masters in teaching from the University of Virginia, and an Ed. D from UVA in Leadership. Carol has been with Fairfax County Public Schools  for 26 years and has worked as a teacher, administrator, and a science/math  resource specialist. 

 

When not coaching, attending clinics, rowing or racing herself, Carol can be found practicing yoga, lifting barbells, or attending local sporting events. (Let's go Caps, Nats, and Commanders!)

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PAM ROBERTS

Assistant Coach

Pam is a USRowing Level 2 certified coach who started rowing as a senior in high school in 1977. She was on the first girls crew for Fort Hunt High School (now West Potomac) and loved it immediately, but life circumstances did not allow her to return to the sport until 1985. She has never looked back.  Pam is a current Board member and former President of Potomac Boat Club, and is also a member of Occoquan Boat Club. Pam has coached at West Potomac and Langley High School. 

Pam loves coaching juniors and has a particular interest in novice and newer rowers, where there is the biggest opportunity to have an impact on the athlete and instill a love for the sport.  She is excited to coach at McLean High School alongside Coach Carol, who mentored her during her coaching certification training. 

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ZOE TREIBITZ

Assistant Coach

Zoe Treibitz, an alumna from the Class of 2019, is returning to give back to the community that played a pivotal role in her development. Committed to fostering personal growth, camaraderie, and a competitive spirit, her goal is to guide the team and each athlete towards excellence.

Outside of the crew club's season, Zoe works as a Wildland Firefighter on a Type 2 Initial Attack Handcrew in Washington State, combating fires threatening public lands and resources.

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