Athletic Team Pages

List of 11 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 at Yorktown High School from 2006-2012. He was selected Washington Post All-Met Boys Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2018.
    In 2019, Andy’s second year at the helm, Gonzaga Crew continued its push into new territory, winning the Charlie Butt Trophy for Junior 8’s at Stotesbury for the first time, while also medaling in the 2nd 8 and Light 8. At SRAA Nationals, Gonzaga medaled in three events, a school first. The Eagle 2nd 8 repeated as Nationals Champions, with the Senior 8 taking bronze and the Junior 8 taking silver. This combined six medal performance was also a first for Gonzaga.
    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 US Rowing 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 US Rowing 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.
  • Tom Daley, Assistant Varsity 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 third year as head of the Gonzaga Freshman program in 2019, Tom’s Freshman 8 and Novice 8 won the WMIRA Championship. The Freshman 8 went on to make the finals of both Stotesbury and SRAA Nationals for the second year in a row, a Gonzaga first. Over the last three 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.
  • 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 2019, Bobby’s Junior 8 crew won Stotesbury’s Charlie Butt Trophy, a first for the Gonzaga program in a convincing open water win.
    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).
  • 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.
  • Dan Voigtsberger, Head Freshman Coach

    Daniel Voigtsberger coached the Varsity Men at Wakefield HS from 2015-2019, helping the team grow in size and competitiveness, leading the Warriors to nine VASRA/VA State medals and their first ever wins over Arlington rivals W-L and Yorktown in 2018. He is a 2011 graduate of Wakefield where he played football, rowed and ran track. He attended Old Dominion University where he rowed and worked in the automotive industry until he came home to work for the family HVAC business. Daniel also coaches adaptive rowing, serving veterans and people with physical or intellectual disabilities at all levels of abilities. In 2018, he led one athlete, Hallie Smith, to a bronze medal in the WPR1 single at the World Rowing Championships in Bulgaria.
  • Craig McKay, Assistant Freshman Coach

    Craig joined 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. 
  • Kevin Garvis '15, Assistant Freshman Coach

    Kevin stroked the Gonzaga first eight as a senior in 2015, winning Gold at Stotesbury in both 2014 and 2015. He led Gonzaga to a historic win over Britain’s Eton College at the Henley Royal Regatta in 2015, taking his crew to the Henley semi-finals, Gonzaga’s highest finish so far at the prestigious competition. Kevin rowed in college at George Washington University.
  • 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.
  • Jordan Cameron ’15, Alumni Service Corps

    Jordan was a four year rower at Gonzaga and Thompson's Boat Club during high school, splitting time between coxing and rowing lightweight.  He went on to coach at Miami University (OH) during college where he developed athletes who made the finals at ACRA and were a part of the USRowing Under 23 Selection camp.

    Jordan has returned to Washington and is participating in the Alumni Service Corps program where he will spend a year working and teaching at Gonzaga.  He hopes to find a job in D.C. after the program finishes so that he can continue coaching at his alma mater.
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