Athletic Team Pages

List of 10 items.

  • Andy Bacas, Head Varsity Coach

    Andy joined the Gonzaga coaching staff as JV assistant in the fall of 2016. He was promoted to head varsity coach in the summer of 2017, when long-time head coach Marc Mandel accepted a coaching position at Williams College. In 2015 and 2016, Andy coached the Freshmen at St. Albans. Prior to that he was the head boys coach and program director at Yorktown High School from 2006-2012. He was selected Washington Post All-Met Boys Coach of the Year in 2009.
    In his first year as head coach in 2018, Gonzaga put seven crews in the Stotesbury finals, a school record, winning gold in the 2V8, bronze in the 1V8 and bronze in the Light 4. The Gonzaga 2V went on to win the SRAA National Championship. The Washington Post recognized three Gonzaga Crews as “Best Boats” and picked two Gonzaga athletes for first team All-Met. Andy’s fellow DC area coaches selected him for his second All-Met Coach of the Year Award at the end of the season.
    Andy began his rowing career at Washington-Lee High School and rowed four years as a Yale Lightweight. His first coaching assignment was the Yale Frosh Lights for the 1980-81 season. He is a former Naval Flight Officer and investment banker and today runs a commercial real estate business. He and his wife, Nina, live in Arlington and have four children; the youngest is a student at Gonzaga. 
  • Todd Jesdale, Special Assistant Varsity Coach

    Todd brings nearly 60 years of coaching experience to the Gonzaga staff, joining the team in November of 2018. Having coached championship crews at every level of men’s rowing, Todd is the dean of all Junior coaches in America today. A graduate of Cornell University, Todd began his coaching career with the Cornell Lightweights. With the Cornell 150s, Todd won three EARC Sprint titles and his 1967 Varsity team completed an undefeated season and won the Thames Cup at Henley. He moved on to coach the Cornell Varsity Heavyweights and won the IRA National Championship in 1971. He is a member of the Cornell University Hall of Fame.
    He coached rowing and taught English at the Groton School for over a decade during the 1980s, winning numerous NEIRA titles there. His next assignment was establishing the Cincinnati Junior Rowing Program in Ohio. During the decade of the 1990’s, Todd’s Cincinnati crews won five USRowing Junior National Championships. He also coached the men’s US Junior National Team Eight in ‘91, ‘92, and ’93, medaling each year and winning the World Championship in ‘92. 

    Todd’s next major achievement was with the Shrewsbury School in England, leading them to a Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup win at Henley in 2007. In the latter stages of his coaching career, Todd has assisted at a number of DC Area programs including Thomas Jefferson, WT Woodson, and, most recently, Bethesda-Chevy Chase. Todd was recognized with the John Kelly award by USRowing in 2014 for a lifetime of contributions to the sport at all levels. Todd and his wife Natalie own a home in Woodbridge, VA, and reside during the summer on a mountain-top home in Vermont they built themselves.
  • Bobby Brown ‘04, Assistant Varsity Coach

    Bobby Brown joined the Gonzaga coaching staff in 2008. Bobby spent his first two seasons assisting with the freshmen and varsity squads. He then coached the freshman eight from 2010-2014. His freshmen crews won four straight WMIRA Freshmen Championships (2011 - 2014) and a bronze medal at the 2012 Stotesbury Cup Regatta. In 2016, his Junior 8 crew earned a silver medal at the Stotesbury Cup.  In 2018, four crews under his charge made the finals at Stotesbury, a program record, one winning a bronze medal in the Light 4, with the Light 8 and Junior 4 each just missing the podium in fourth.
    A 2008 Boston College graduate, Bobby coxed the Collegiate Four+ to a bronze medal at the Head of the Charles Regatta and won the New England Fours Championship. While at Gonzaga, Bobby coxed the Varsity 8 to their first appearance in the Stotesbury Cup Grand Final, a 6th place finish in 2003. He was named to the Washington Post All-Met First-Team his senior year and garnered an invitation to try out for the United States Junior National Team (2004).
  • Mike Farrey, Assistant Varsity Coach

    Mike Farrey joined Gonzaga rowing in the fall of 2018. Most recently, Mike served as the Head Girls Coach for Bethesda-Chevy Chase (B-CC) HS. In his seven years at B-CC, his team put nine boats in Stotesbury finals, including three in the Varsity 8. In addition, the team won multiple Maryland state and WMIRA league championships. In 2015, he was named Washington Post All-Met Girls Coach of the Year. 
    Mike was a collegiate rower at the University of Dayton where he received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating, he served as the Head Women’s Coach at the University of Dayton from 2005 to 2007. New employment brought him to DC in 2007 where he had coaching stints at Georgetown, George Mason, Thomas Jefferson HS, and B-CC HS. Taking a year's break from coaching, Mike completed his Master’s degree in engineering at MIT in 2010. He is married and lives in Arlington.
  • Paul Holland, Assistant Varsity Coach

    Paul joined the Gonzaga coaching staff in 2017. He is a 2001 graduate of Princeton and holds a graduate degree from Oxford in Environmental Policy. He began his rowing career at Washington-Lee High School, in Arlington. As a Princeton heavyweight he was a two-time EARC Sprint Champion and an IRA Bronze Medalist. His Princeton Varsity 8 was a finalist in the 2001 Ladies Challenge Plate competition at the Henley Royal Regatta. Paul rowed at Henley two more times, with Oxford in 2004 and later with the Potomac Boat Club in 2010. He began his coaching career in 2003 at Washington-Lee and coached there six seasons as both boys’ assistant and girls’ head coach. He works as an environmental consultant, is married with two children, and lives in Arlington.
  • Tom Daley, Head Freshman Coach

    Tom joined the Gonzaga coaching staff five years ago as an Assistant Freshman Coach. Tom began his rowing career at Philadelphia's Father Judge High School and went on to row at Temple University. He is a longtime masters rower, currently rowing for the Capital Rowing Club.

    In his second year as head of the Gonzaga Freshman program, Tom’s Freshman 8 won the WMIRA Championship and went on to make the finals of both Stotesbury and SRAA Nationals. Over the last two years, Tom has sent more Freshman athletes on to the Varsity per year than any prior Freshman coach.

    Tom does contract investigative work, having recently retired after a 32-year career in law enforcement. He and his wife, Claudia, live in Falls Church, Virginia with their three children, including Patrick ’11 who rowed at Gonzaga.
  • Craig McKay, Assistant Freshman Coach

    Craig will join the program in January 2019 following his retirement from his 30+ year engineering career. He is a graduate of Florida Institute of Technology where he rowed all four years. He is a long-time masters rower with the Capital Rowing Club. 
  • Andrew Oestreich, Assistant Freshman Coach

    Andrew rowed at Boston College from 2007-2011. He has also sculled competitively as a member of the Pocock Rowing Center in Seattle, Washington. This is his fourth season coaching at GonzagaThis is his fifth season coaching at Gonzaga. Andrew and his wife, Liz, recently added a new son to their family.
  • Rob Houghton, Assistant Freshman Coach

    Rob rowed at Northwestern University from 2014-2018. He served as team captain during his senior year. He will be working primarily with the Freshman Team this season.
  • John Roberts '18, Assistant Freshman Coach

    John stroked the Gonzaga first eight as a senior in 2018, winning bronze at Stotesbury and was named First Team All-Met. As a Junior, he was also in the 1V8, won silver at Stotesbury, and rowed at Henley.
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