Winter Race Team

What is the Winter Race Team?

  • This team focuses on increasing an athlete’s fitness through the winter to prepare them to have their best Spring Season.
  • This team will primarily practice indoor on the ergometers.  They will supplement this training with lifting, as well as any on water time that weather permits.
  • Competing on the WBC Winter Team guarantees an athlete’s spot on WBC’s Spring Race Team.

Who should join?

  • New or experienced high school athletes!
  • Athletes looking to increase their cardiovascular fitness before Spring Racing.
  • Athletes who want to stay in touch with the rowing motion while off of the water.
  • Athletes who want to increase power and acceleration by doing resistance training.
  • Athletes who may have an interest in participating in Indoor Sprint races.

Schedule

December 2- February 11

Girls Team

Mondays & Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00

Saturdays & Sundays from 9:00-11:00

Boys Team

Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:00-6:00

Saturdays & Sunday from 11:00-1:00

Competitions

  • 1/28 – Mainline Slide at Lower Merion High School
Joe Sullivan
Joe SullivanHead 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.

Art Post
Art PostBoys 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
Margie CulbertsonGirls 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
Susan Hermann SeyboltGirls 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
Charles JordanGirls Assistant Coach
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.

General Information

Registration is open for existing WBC Youth Rowers!  General registration will open Nov. 22nd for any open slots on the team.

The cost of the winter program is $400 for rowers, and free for coxswains.  Participation in the Winter Race Team guarantees an athlete’s spot on the Spring Race Team.  When registering for these programs you will be directed for a payment of $1000 up as an athlete, and as $600 up front as a coxswain, this locks in an athlete’s place on the Spring Racing Team.  If you are registering siblings, please reach out to the Youth Administration team, as there is a $50 discount for families.

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