CO-FOUNDER / COACH: GIRLS
Coach Paul, a Fairfax native, has 13 years of rowing and coaching experience on the Occoquan. He is the current Head Coach of James Madison HS Crew and was named All Met Women’s Coach of the Year in 2011. During his career he has coached boats to 10 VA State Championship medals, five Stotesbury Cup medals, and twelve SRAA / Youth / Club National Championship medals including the 2013 SRAA National Championship in the Girl’s Senior 8+ and the 2013 US Rowing Youth National Championship in the Women’s Youth 2-.
He rowed for Fairfax High School and graduated from George Mason in 2010 earning a B.S. degree in Administration of Justice with a minor in Psychology. Coach Paul is also an Assistant Coach with the United States Junior National Team and Director for the USJNT Mid-Atlantic Small Boat Camps. Off the water, he works in a local law office and as RRC’s Executive Director.
CO-FOUNDER / COACH: BOYS
Coach Petty is currently the Boys Head Coach at Robinson High School, and has 15 years of rowing & coaching experience. He rowed with West Spring eld all four years of high school receiving All-State Honors in 2002 & 2003 and named All Met 1st Team in 2003. He coached his Mens Masters 8 to three undefeated seasons in 2010, 2011, & 2012 with his Junior Boys 8 winning the Occoquan Challenge in 2012. Most recently, his Men’s U17 4+ rowed to the team’s first medal earning the bronze medal at the 2014 US Rowing Club National Championship in Oak Ridge, TN.
Coach Petty is also considered one of the DMV areas top boat trailer drivers with over ten years of experience. He is the Head Boy’s Coach for Resilient Rowing Club. Off the water, he works as the Operations Manager Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, VA, in addition to handling the mechanical and operational aspects of Resilient Rowing LLC.
HEAD WOMEN'S RACING COACH
Coach Josh is entering his 8th year of coaching high school rowing. Coach Josh began his rowing career in Maryland at DeMatha Catholic High School and then also rowed for The Catholic University of America for 2 years. He joined the Langley Crew Team in the fall of 2013 as an Assistant Coach. During his first season with the team as the Assistant Men’s Varsity Coach, he guided the Men's Lightweight 4 and Men's Second 4 to Virginia State Championships. In addition, his Lightweight 4 boat placed in the top 10 at the SRAA National Regatta in Princeton, NJ and earned and invitation to the USRowing Youth National Championships in Sacramento, California.
Prior to joining the Langley team, Coach Josh served as Women’s Head Coach at W.T. Woodson High School for two years, and as an Assistant Coach for one year, earning 6 medals at State Championships. He has also coached the Men's Competitive Master's Program at ACR in Alexandria.
HEAD MEN'S RACING COACH / DIRECTOR OF ROWING OPERATIONS
Coach Justin is in his first year as Executive Director and second year as Head Men's Coach at James Madison High School. He was previously the Varsity Men’s Coach at Fairfax from 2011-2017 and Head Men’s Coach from 2014-2017. In his time at Fairfax, the men’s program tripled in size and saw unprecedented success, earning the team’s first Virginia State Championship medals in the 2x, Jr4+, Jr8+, and Varsity 4+.
Coach Justin rowed for four years at Fairfax High School. In his junior and senior seasons, his lightweight 4 earned silver medals at the Virginia State Championships as well as earning Washington Post All-Met “Best Boat” honors. After his senior season, he was also named All-Met Honorable Mention.
Coach Justin has been with Resilient since 2015 and currently serves as the Director of Rowing Operations.
HEAD DEVELOPMENTAL COACH
Kim Griffin started her rowing career at Robinson Secondary School in 2007 and completed all four years as a varsity letter winner. She was a member of the junior women 4+ that finished 2nd place in the 2009 Canadian National Championship. Kim stroked the 1st varsity 8 boat to a 1st-place finish in the 2010 Virginia Scholastic Rowing Championship. Also that year, Kim and her boat were named the 2010 Spring All-Met 1st 8 boat. Kim was a two-year co-captain of her rowing team from 2009-2011.
After high school, Kim continued her rowing career at George Mason University. There she was a member of the 1st varsity 8 boat, that got 1st place at the Occoquan Chase Regatta, as well as the Head of the Occoquan, in Fall 2011. Kim also helped the 1st 8 boat to a 4th place finish at the Head of the Charles in Cambridge, MA. Kim was selected as captain of her college rowing team in 2014-2015. Kim graduated from George Mason University, earning a degree in Integrative Studies, with a concentration in Elementary Education.
Kim started coaching for her high school alma mater in 2015 and is currently in her 4th year coaching the Robinson novice/freshmen girls’ team. This fall will be Kim’s third year with Resilient Rowing, coaching the summer/fall Learn to Row and Developmental Programs.
COACH: SMALL BOATS
Coach Tassi has been with Resilient for two years and has been coaching crew for over 25 years. He has coached all boat types from singles to eights at the high school, junior, collegiate club, US rowing development camps and elite rower level. His athletes have medalled in scholastic, the Dad Vail, US Rowing Club National Championships, Canadian Henley, and the Pan American Games (US lightweight Single in 2003).
Coach Tassi works primarily with our junior and U-23 scullers and small boats.
COACH: JUNIOR COMP / DEV
Coach Mo is a Connecticut native who rowed for two years in high school. As a coach she has had many successes at the state and national level, including placing 3rd and 4th at States in ‘15 and ‘14 in the Freshman Women’s 8. They also qualified for SRAA Nationals. She has two state championships in the novice 8 and a silver in the Junior 8. The J8 placed top 18 at Stotesbury.
Coach Mo was a four year rower at GMU with a degree in Health and Phys. Ed., and is now a Fairfax County Teacher.
Coach Mickey has lived in Fairfax County most of her life. She started her rowing career at W.T. Woodson. In 1993 and 1994 she earned the gold in the senior women’s 4x at Virginia States and the SRAA National Championships. While at W.T. Woodson she was selected to attend the Olympic festival selection camp and train at the New York Athletic Club in the summer of 1993. She attended the Olympic Festival in San Antonio, Texas, winning the bronze medal in women’s junior double. She was recruited and earned a scholarship to row for Mercyhurst University. She stroked the varsity eight at the Head of the Charles Regatta as a freshman, was a varsity rower for four years, and was captain in her final two years.
Upon graduation Coach Mickey moved to Philadelphia in 1999 and was a volunteer for the University of Pennsylvania Lightweight Men. In 2002 she came back to W.T. Woodson as coach of the varsity men. Coach Mickey took a break from coaching to spend time with her family. She coached Fairfax’s varsity men in the spring of 2010, seeing them to an appearance at SRAA’s. From 2016-2018 she was a varsity assistant at Robinson, with her 2V earning a bronze medal at states in 2018. Currently, Coach Mickey is coaching the women’s varsity at W.T. Woodson.
Coach Mickey is a 3rd grade AAP teacher for Oak View Elementary School. She has been teaching for 20 years, 17 of them in Fairfax County schools. Coach Mickey has been with Resilient since the summer of 2016.
COACH: JUNIOR COMP / DEV
Since 1990, Coach Lim has had the pleasure of instructing rowers at Thomas Jefferson H.S.:
1990 to 1994 - lightweight/freshmen/novice girls
1995 to 1999 - lightweight boys
2000 to 2012 - freshmen/novice girls
2013 - freshmen boys
2014 to Present - freshmen/novice girls
Highlights include Stotesbury medals comprised of 2 silver, 3 bronze, and 6 finalists. Other accolades include SRAA medals of 1 silver, 3 bronze, and 4 finalists and 6 VA State Championships. Coach Lim also recently retired with 30+ years of VA State service.
Stefan learned how to row at the University of Pennsylvania and JEB Stuart HS. He is skilled a sculler and sweep rower. He’s enjoyed coaching in Fairfax, Seattle, and Baltimore. Stefan began coaching at George Mason University, then served as the Varsity Girl’s Coach at Robinson, 2000-2005. His athletes won Gold in the Girl’s 2nd 8 event at Stotesbury in 2002 and a Varsity 4 Virginia state title in ’05, 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 suburban Seattle, WA and coached for Mount Baker Crew. He took several crews to USRowing Youth Nationals, placing as high as 5th in the Boy’s Varsity 8. In 2010, Stefan took over as the Novice Men’s and Women’s Coach at Loyola University Maryland. He served in that role for 3 years, during which the Loyola Ltwt Women’s 4 placed 4th at the IRA National Championship.
Stefan served as Varsity Boy’s Coach for five seasons at Oakton H.S. and also coaches in the Summer and Fall for Resilient Rowing including the USRowing Junior Development Camp. The Oakton Boys team won gold in the Pair at the 2016 NSRA Nationals, in 2017 the Oakton Boy’s 2nd 8 won Silver at Virginia States and the Lightweight 4 won Gold. In 2018 the 1 st 8 finished 4th at States. The 3rd 8 won Bronze in ’17 and ’18. In November 2018 he rejoined the coaching staff at Robinson as Novice Boy’s Coach. Stefan is certified by USRowing as a Level III coach, and also works as a substitute teacher in Fairfax County.
Coach Shannon has 9 years of rowing and coaching experience on the Occoquan. She is currently in her first season as Head Women's Coach at James Madison High School Crew. During the 2017-2018 scholastic season she was a novice men's coach at Robinson High School where her crew earned bronze at the 2018 Virginia State Championship Regatta. Additionally, she spent the 2016-2017 collegiate season coaching the novice squad of the University of Tennessee Club Crew Team. She has spent the past five summer seasons as an administrator and assistant coach for Resilient.
While in high school she rowed for W.T. Woodson Crew and Northern Virginia Rowing Club. While rowing for Woodson she was named to the 2012 All-Met First Team, and in her club seasons with NVRC earned a bronze in 2011 and a silver in 2012 in the junior pair at the Club Nationals Championship Regatta. She attended and rowed for Rutgers University, graduating in 2016 with a B.S. in public health with a minor in leadership skills. While rowing for Rutgers she was a four-time varsity letter winner, was named to the 2013 CRCA Mid-Atlantic Region First Team, and was named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar in 2016. While a U23 athlete, she spent her summers sculling for Resilient where she earned a bronze medal in the intermediate single at Club Nationals in 2015.