Fall Racing Team

Who is the race team?

  • Athletes both with and without experience!
    • 9th-12th graders with no experience
    • 8th-12th graders with experience
  • Athletes who want to compete and race
  • Athletes who want to focus on their technique and build their aerobic base

What is Fall Racing?

Fall regattas and racing focuses on longer distances, usually between 3k and 6k in length.  These longer races are just as intense, and the training will help athletes build a strong aerobic base that will set them up for success for their winter and summer seasons.  Coxswains on the team will learn proper steering, and come to understand the rowing stroke better, both skills will make them a valuable coxswain in the spring.

Schedule

September 12-November 13

Practices are 5 times a week, athletes are expected to keep absences to a minimum.

  • Tuesday-Friday: 4:00-6:15 pm
  • Saturday 11:00-1:00 pm
  • Drop off starts 15 minutes before practice, pick up ends 15 minutes after practice

Planned Regattas – Coach will decide which athletes are ready to race.

Joe Sullivan – Youth Head Coach

Coach Joe has been involved in rowing in some capacity for over 40 years, starting as an athlete and then coaching. A Philadelphia native, Coach Joe rowed at Monsignor Bonner and went on to row at Temple University, where his boat won the 1983 Dad Vail Regatta. After college Joe kept his love of rowing up when he joined Vesper Boat Club.

Coach Joe began coaching in 1984, when he helped many of the local Philly high schools start their competitive rowing programs. An accomplished coach, he has many highlights, including:

  • Medaling 3 boats at SRAA Championships;
  • Qualifying and leading 15 boats to Youth Nationals Championships where multiple boats made it to A and B finals;
  • 2 gold medal wins at the Royal Canadian Henley;
  • A gold medal win at the Head of the Charles Regatta; and
  • Coaching over 14 athletes who made the Junior National Team.

Still connected to the national rowing community, Coach Joe has helped many high school rowers and coxswains be recruited to Division 1 colleges and universities.

Sean Hall – High Performance Coach

Coach Sean has been in the sport of rowing for nearly 40 years and is a 3-time Olympian and 5-National Team athlete, in both sculling and sweep. As a Level 3 certified coach, beginning his coaching career in earnest in 2001 immediately following his 3rd Olympiad as an oarsman. From 2001 – 2004, he coached alongside Igor Grinko at the Augusta Training Center forming the trials-winning LM4x which finished 4th in the 2004 World Championships. In 2005 Sean took a position coaching in China (Fu Jian province) as Head Women’s Coach, bringing the team its first-ever medal in the W8+ at the Chinese National Games.

Sean returned to the US and took on the position of Head/High Performance Coach at Penn AC who by the end of 2016, had won Henley, Canadian Henley, US Nationals, Head of the Charles, Head of the Schuylkill, and the Fall Speed Order. 2017 (and every year since) saw PAC athletes winning World Championships trials for the first time in over a decade.

Art Post – Boys Head Coach

Coach Art brings decades of experience to any crew that he coaches, having started his rowing career in the 1960s. A Philadelphia Native, he began his rowing career at Groton High School and continued rowing in college at Dartmouth. After graduation, he competed at an elite level for nearly 10 years.

Since becoming a coach, he has coached every level of athlete, from high school novices to National Team crews. Many of his crews and athletes have found great success, including:

  • More than 20 crews have competed in the National Championships, and
  • More than 40 of his athletes have gone on to row for Division 1 college programs.

Margie Culbertson – Assistant Coach

Coach Margie has been a member of Whitemarsh Boat Club since 2008 and competed on the WBC Masters team for several years. She learned to row at Seattle Parks and Rec in 1993 and went on to row competitively with several clubs in the Seattle area including: Green Lake, Lake Union, Lake Washington, and Seattle Pacific University, before moving back to the Philadelphia area in 2006.

She began her coaching career in 2021 with the WBC Tech Team and moved into an assistant coach position with the Youth Program in 2023 focusing on novice and JV girls. She is also a coach and volunteer for We Can Row Philadelphia, a rowing program for breast cancer survivors, which operates out of WBC.

Susan Hermann Seybolt – Assistant Coach

Susan Hermann Seybolt began her rowing career at the University of Texas in 1989, where she graduated with a B.S. in Kinesiology. She went on to train and compete primarily in sculling after college, holding a number of coaching positions in the greater Philadelphia area. She enjoys coaching at all levels, having worked at high schools, universities and clubs, including: Vesper, The University of Pennsylvania, Episcopal Academy, Lower Merion High School, and Drexel University.

She was the head coach of Germantown Academy for 14 years. For the past 15 years she has focused on coaching juniors and masters out of Whitemarsh Boat Club in Conshohocken, PA.

An active volunteer and member of the broader Philly rowing community, Susan has participated as an organizing committee member in multiple regattas and has won multiple medals with her teams over the past 30 years.

Charles Jordan

Coach Charles has been coaching girls rowing since 2019 as the Assistant Varsity Crew Coach at The Agnes Irwin School. He started his professional career in law, having earned his Juris Doctor in Environmental Law from Pace University School of Law. He transitioned to education after a few years in law firms and now teaches social studies at Merion Mercy Academy after earning a Master’s in Teaching from Villanova University.

At The Agnes Irwin School, he and his teams gathered a number of notable results, including:

  • 2022 PSRA Kate Godwin Points Trophy
  • Stotesbury Cup Regatta
    • 2022 – First, Girls Varsity Quad and Girls Lightweight Double; Second, Girls Freshman Quad
    • 2019 – First, Girls Freshman Quad
  • SRAA National Championship
    • 2022 – First, Girls Lightweight Double

At WBC, Coach Charles will be coaching the Junior Varsity Girls racing team.

Aaron Preetam

Coach Aaron Preetam is a level-3 rowing coach with a love of rowing–whether as an athlete or coach. After being a varsity rower at Rutgers University from 1994 – 1996, he went on to become a five-time member of the Dominican Republic national team: 2003 Pan Ams, 2003, 2005, 2006 World Championships in the LM1x, and 2007 Americas Olympics Qualifier (Rio). He has served in coaching capacities for: the high-performance group at Penn AC in Philadelphia, and multiple US U23 and El Salvadoran boats at their respective world championships. Prior to working at Penn AC, Preetam coached at various levels from scholastic to college programs for over 20 years. In 2013, Preetam founded the crew program at Germantown Friends School. His crews have garnered numerous City Championships and Scholastic National Championships since its inception. He currently serves as the Assistant Coach for the U23 Sculling Program at Conshohocken Rowing Center and WBC.

Besides coaching, he teaches history and applied economics at Germantown Friends School and lives in the area with his family. He recently competed in a father-daughter competition and looks forward to many more father/daughter races and perhaps competing with his son in the future.

David Rhodes – Assistant Coach

Coach David began rowing over 35 years ago.  He started rowing in high school in Ohio before competing for Bucknell University for 4 years.  Upon graduation he moved to Philadelphia where he has been actively involved in the rowing scene for the past 30 years.  In addition to rowing, David has coached at the collegiate and club level with several of his athletes going on to compete for the US National Team.

Rich Gienopie – Assistant Coach

Rich Gienopie began rowing in 1989 where he rowed for Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio. He then went on to compete on the Men’s Lightweight team at Trinity College. Not wanting to give up his love for rowing and competing, he purchased a single and competed in many races for over 10 years. An athlete at heart, Rich also enjoys running and biking.

Coach Rich began his coaching career at Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he coached for five years. He started out with novice boys and girls and soon after became a boys varsity coach.

Registration Information

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