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Brian Comey

Interim Head Coach

Head Varsity Girls Coach

Brian grew up rowing and coxing on the Potomac river starting in 8th grade. As a coxswain at Alexandria City High School, Brian won three Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association Championships as well as dozens of medals with Old Dominion Boat Club and TBC Racing in the Summers and Falls. He continued as a coxswain in college at Mercyhurst University for all four years as the Varsity Coxswain. While in college Brian got his start in coaching at his high school summer rowing program as well as coaching masters rowers at Alexandria Community Rowing. Immediately after graduating, Coach Brian was named the Head Men's Crew Coach at The College of William and Mary where he led the Men to one of the best seasons in program history. While in Williamsburg, he also coached the juniors at Williamsburg Boat Club. 

 

In 2018 Brian moved back to Washington, DC to pursue a career in real estate in his hometown as well as a career in coaching. Since then he has coached numerous crews to top place finishes at both local and national regattas including Alexandria Community Rowing, Walt Whitman High School, and Bishop O'Connell High School. After coaching the Novice Boys at B-CC last fall, Brian is thrilled to be returning to the program as the Head Girls Coach. Brian was teammates with many B-CC athletes while coxing at TBC so he is well aware of the deep history and success the Baron's have on both the local and national level. He is determined to carry on the success of the program for years to come!

 

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Coach Andy Bacas

Interim Varsity Boys Coach

Andy grew up in Arlington, VA and began his rowing career at W-L High School in 1975, under the tutelage of Head Coach Charlie Butt.  Andy graduated from W-L in 1976 after winning a Northern Virginia Championship in the Light 8 and rowed four years in college as a Yale Lightweight, winning one EARC Sprints title in Frosh Light 8 in 1977. He coached one year at the college level, leading the Yale Frosh Lights for the 1980-81 season.  

After college Andy served as a Naval Flight Officer for seven years, flying the F-14A Tomcat on the west coast with Navy Fighter Squadron 21.  He completed his MBA at Wharton in 1991 and began a 25-year business career that included stints in investment banking, corporate business development and private equity investing.

 

He began his high school boy’s crew coaching career at Yorktown High School, where his crews won six VASRA Championships. In the fall of 2016 he was hired as a varsity assistant at Gonzaga working under head coach Marc Mandel. He was named head coach following Coach Mandel’s departure for Williams College in 2017. In six total years at Gonzaga, Andy’s crews won two Stotesbury titles, eight Stotesbury medals, three SRAA Nationals titles, and nine total SRAA medals. He was named as Washington Post All-Met Boys Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2018. He and his wife Nina have four grown children and live in Arlington.

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John Ludders

Head Novice Boys Coach

 

John joined B-CC in 2017 as Boys Freshman Assistant and was made head boys Frosh coach in 2018. He began rowing at West Side Rowing Club in Buffalo, NY where he won US and Canadian national titles in the under-17 8+ and 4+. He attended St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, also in Buffalo, and was captain of the rowing team. After high School he attended the University of Wisconsin where he won medals at Eastern Sprints, IRAs, Club Nationals, Canadian Henley, and came in first overall in the Championship 4+ at the Head Of The Charles, defeating the US national team. John lives in DC with his wife Saskia and son Christian, and spends his spare time on various nerd hobbies, a desk job as a data analyst, and coping with the misery of being a Buffalo sports fan. 

 

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Coach Zach Hicks

Assistant Coach

Zach Hicks joins B-CC crew after coaching novice girls for Annapolis Juniors. His experience includes rowing for Oregon State University and previously for Walter Johnson High School, where he rowed alongside Ryan Gibbons. Zach was the stroke of one of the more successful 4+ boats in WJ Crew’s history, winning multiple WMIRA League and Maryland State championships as well as two Stotesbury medals. He also won gold at Club Nationals as part of Thompson Boat Center’s 8+ boat in 2015. He was elected All-Met by the Washington Post his senior year.

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Coach Victoria Reuter

Assistant Coach

Victoria Reuter is excited to join B-CC as an Assistant Coach for the girls! She spent five years rowing for Wolfson College at Oxford University while working on a Ph.D. in Literature. During her time at Oxford, Victoria was part of blade-winning, bumps-racing crews four times and, in 2011, was a Cambridge Autumn Regatta winner in Eights and Fours. As a novice, she camped out on the banks of the Henley River for rowing training camp and raced in the Thames Head of the River. In the US, she has raced on the Potomac for the Oxford-Cambridge Alumni Boat Race and began learning how to scull last summer. She has been in every seat of the boat and is still getting used to the American names for all things rowing.

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Coach Quinlyn Spellmeyer

Assistant Coach

Quinlyn began her rowing career at B-CC, graduating in 2017. While rowing with B-CC Crew she won the Maryland State Championships four times, WMIRA League Championships three times, and won the Stotesbury Cup Regatta. At B-CC she was voted Washington Post All-Met her junior and senior years. After competing with B-CC, she went on to row at the University of Pennsylvania, where she rowed for four years and competed one more semester as a fifth-year athlete graduating Summa Cum Laude in the fall of 2021. In the summers of 2016, 2017, and 2018 Quinlyn competed with TBC Racing and earned gold, silver, and bronze medals in the U19 and U23 8+s and 4+s. She also competed in the finals at the Royal Canadian Henley in the senior straight four and eight. She is excited to come full circle and return to B-CC crew.

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