Head Coach B-CC Crew Dan Engler

Coach Dan Engler

Head Coach, B-CC Crew

Head Varsity Boys Coach

In 2006 Dan began to coach the men's varsity squad and two years later became the head coach of the team. In his tenure at B-CC, Dan's varsity squads have won many titles including Maryland State Championship titles, and WMIRA. They have also qualified for semifinals of the Stotesbury Cup Regatta, and have been finalists at the SRAA Nationals. Prior to coming to B-CC, Dan ran the National Cathedral School's crew for four years and saw the success of earning medals at the National Capital Championship Regatta and the Stotesbury Cup Regatta. Prior to NCS, Dan coached the novice women at Ithaca College and the novice and varsity men at Skidmore College, earning multiple New York State Championships and medaling nationally. Dan has also coached at Thompson Boat Center in Georgetown, winning 2005 and 2006 US Rowing Club National Championship in the Junior Boy's 8+. Dan is a certified U.S. Rowing Association Level III coach and lives in Silver Spring with his wife, Krista, and young sons William and Gabriel. He holds an undergraduate degree in English Education and a Masters in Sport Psychology from Ithaca College and teaches English at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. In 2017, Dan was named All-Met Coach of the Year.

 

Email: coachdanengler@hotmail.com

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Brian Comey

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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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 Kerrie Wilson

Assistant Coach

Kerrie joined B-CC’s novice girls team as a freshman, and never looked back. As a sophomore, she coxed the men’s 3rd varsity boat, affectionately nicknamed the fasted 3V in all the land, medaling at the Maryland State Championships in the 2V division. She coxed the Men’s 1V her junior and senior year, defending the state championship title for the 10th year in a row. She has competed at many regattas, including the Stotesbury Cup, SRAAs, and Head of the Charles. She is so excited to be back as an alumni, coaching her favorite team.

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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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