Coach Dan Engler
Head Coach, B-CC Crew
Head Men's 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.
Coach Michael Colella
Head Women's Coach
Prior to coaching at BCC Michael was a three time member of the US National Team (2016, 2017, 2018) where he competed in the U23 Men's 4- and Senior Men's 2- (Finishing 4th, 11th, and 14th respectively). He was also a four year member of the Cornell Heavyweight Rowing Team, where he served as Commodore his senior year. Michael brings a first person approach to his coaching style and is passionate about creating a supportive and uplifting environment. A lifelong Baron (Class of 2012), he is excited to coach and learn from the BCC student-athletes.
Coach John Ludders
Head Freshman Boys' Coach
John joined B-CC in 2017 as Boys' Freshman Assistant and was made Head Freshman Boys' 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 Cleveland Park and spends his spare time on athletics, various nerd hobbies, a desk job as a software analyst, and coping with the misery of being a Buffalo sports fan.
Coach Zach Hicks
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.
Coach Victoria Reuter
Victoria Reuter is excited to join BCC 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.