2018 Coaching Staff

Dan Brisson
Competitive Sculling

Brian Comey
Women’s Competitive Sweep

Brian Comey
Brian is excited to return home to Alexandria after spending four years as the varsity coxswain for the Mercyhurst University Lightweight Men and a year as the men’s coach at William & Mary. He grew up coxing for T.C. Williams, Old Dominion Boat Club, and TBC. Having coached for the Alexandria youth summer program and the “Late Risers,” Brian looks forward to working with a competitive sweep program.

Lori Criado
Novice Sweep, Sweep I

Lori Criado came to ACR in 2006 after rowing at Penn State University. After several years competing with the Women’s 5 Day team and coaching high school sweep teams, she moved to the dark side (aka sculling) and has since become mainly a single sculler. She enjoys raising three little children in her spare time.

Terry Grindstaff
Club Sweep

Terry Grindstaff has been with ACR since 1993 when he learned to row to enhance communication with his two teenage daughters who rowed for TC Williams. He rowed sweep for a number of years. However, when he learned to scull, this became his passion. He competed several years as a sculler which opened up a broader interest in the technique and art of rowing. Terry has coached adults at ACR for 19 years and high school rowers for 3 years at West Potomac. Being retired, his time is split between Alexandria and Maine where he spends most of his summer.

Chris Ottie
Novice Sculling, Sculling I, Sweep to Scull

Stephanie Patton
Novice Sweep, Sweep I

Following four years of rowing at the University of Kansas, Stephanie joined ACR in 2005 as a member of the women’s competitive sweep team. Over the past decade, she has continued to enjoy competing with ACR and has spent time coaching at National Cathedral School, Old Dominion Boat Club, TC Williams High School, and ACR.

Mike Porterfield
Women’s Competitive Sweep

Mike has returned to coach at ACR where he previously volunteered with the learn to row program at the end of his athletic career in the 1990’s. Mike is a former T.C. Williams HS athlete, rowed collegiately at Northeastern University and with the US National Team in 5 World Championships including a Silver Medal from the 1991 World Championships, but lists his top achievements as a rower winning the IRA National Championships at NU and a bronze at 1988 Masters Nationals in the Parent-Child event with his mother Kitty Porterfield. Mike has been an assistant coach for T.C. Williams HS, a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Northeastern, led Georgetown lightweights to their first ever medal at the IRA National Championships and with the US. National Team. He coached the men’s 8+ to gold medal at the 2003 Pan Am Games and the women’s 2- to a bronze at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Mike has returned to give back to the boathouse and program that he credits having given so much to him including an ACR athlete that introduced him to his future wife.

Joanna Rubini
Singles Sculling Group

Joanna Rubini
Joanna Rubini was born to 2 rowers – so she could scarcely avoid being one herself. She rowed at TC Williams & Brown University.  And now enjoys the maverick life of a single sculler…

Caitlin Smith
Women’s Competitive Sweep

Caitlin started her rowing career at age 11 at the Atlantic County Rowing Association in New Jersey before going on to row at Egg Harbor Township High School, earning a varsity letter all four years, and eventually being recruited to row for George Mason University as a Division I scholarship athlete. As an athlete at GMU, Caitlin’s top finishes include back to back CAA (conference) Championships, 4th place finish at the Dad Vail Regatta – the highest 8 placement in school history, 1st place finish at the Frostbite Regatta, and 1st place finish in the Cooper Cup petite final, besting University of Massachusetts for the only time in school history. Caitlin started coaching as a junior in college for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. During her five year tenure as TJ’s novice coach, she coached her crews to a number of blue ribbons on the Occoquan, top finishes at St. Andrews, and a states win in 2012. During this time she also spent 3 years as the developmental coach for the Northern Virginia Rowing Club masters and juniors programs. In 2014, Caitlin moved into a new role as the freshman/novice coach for Yorktown High School, where her top crew earned a bronze medal at the Virginia State Championship and a semi-finals placement at SRAA Nationals in Princeton. Caitlin also spent 2014 as the assistant coach for the Club AM program at Capital Rowing Club and assistant coach for Capital Juniors. Caitlin took the 2015 season off of coaching to focus on earning her masters degree in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis at George Mason University, but couldn’t stay away for long. She returned in 2016 as the freshman/novice coach and watched her athletes take a 4th place finish at VASRA States in the 2017 season. This season is Caitlin’s first season as a head coach at Fairfax High School Crew and is excited to continue her coaching journey with Alexandria Community Rowing’s women’s competitive sweep team in 2018.

Tessa Sorensen
Club Sculling, Masters Sculling


Alan Weatherley
Men’s Competitive Sweep

Alan Weatherley has been associated with ACR for sixteen years. Before turning to coaching he rowed with ACR’s Competitive Men’s Sweep program. Alan is also head women’s coach for West Potomac High School. For the past eight years he has been part of ACR’s administration serving as Dockmaster Programs.