Athletic Team Pages

List of 6 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.
    Since 2007, Andy’s crews have picked up 16 VASRA medals, 6 VASRA Championships, a Stotesbury medal with Gonzaga’s Light 8 in 2017, and made it to the SRAA finals twice. He was Washington Post All-Met Boys Coach of the Year in 2009. He 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. 
  • 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. 
    A 2008 Boston College graduate, he 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.
  • Leon Suvak, Assistant Coach, Development

    Leon joined the Gonzaga coaching staff in 2017. He is a 2014 graduate of the University of Wisconsin and is an Army Reserve Officer. Leon began rowing at Yorktown High School in Arlington and was a Washington Post All-Met first teamer in 2010. At Wisconsin, he was a two-time EARC Sprint Medalist and stroked the Wisconsin Varsity Eight in 2012. He coached freshmen at Yorktown for two seasons after graduating from college. In addition to his duties in the Army Guard/Reserve he is a systems analyst at the Department of Defense. Leon will be working with both Freshmen and Varsity crew athletes at Gonzaga with a particular emphasis on physical training, health, and development. He lives in Fairfax.
  • Tom Daley, Head Freshman Coach

    Tom joined the Gonzaga coaching staff four years ago as an Assistant Freshman Coach. Tom began his rowing career at Philadeplphia'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.

    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. 
  • 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 Gonzaga.
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