Strength, endurance, self confidence, integrity, knowledge and sportsmanship through rowing, also known as crew (teamwork)!
Dee Hotop holds a Level III US Rowing Coaching Certification. She started rowing and competing in Oklahoma City in 2001. In 2002 she began her coaching career as an assistant in their Junior program. During this time, Dee also served on the committee that turned Oklahoma Association for Rowing into Chesapeake Rowing and then Oklahoma RiverSport, which has helped revitalize downtown OKC. She served as a Corporate and Learn to Row coach for 8 years. She had great success in both of these areas; having a strong retention rate for new rowers and seeing her corporate crews finish with medals each season. Coach Hotop has served as a US Rowing Referee since 2009 and has served as a facilitator and advocate of safe rowing across the country. As part of her continuing coaching education, Coach Hotop has completed Team USA SafeSport training, US Sail and Power Squadron on the Water Boating Safety training along with US Coast Guard Certification.
Joe Flynn is a valuable resource to our junior programs and coaching staff in general! Joe is a graduated of The University of California – Berkeley where he was a varsity oarsmen. After graduating from Berkeley, Joe was the Assistant Coach at Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa/Newport Beach CA) for three years. Orange Coast competes with Division 1 rowing programs. At Coast, the crews secured a Western Sprint Championship, IRA Invitations and made two trips to The Royal Henley Regatta in England and competed in the Dublin Regatta in Dublin, Ireland. Orange Coast was the first Junior College to ever be invited and compete at both the IRA and Henley Regatta. Joe left Orange Coast and returned the Bay Area to teach and coach. He taught US History, Civics and Psychology for 5 years at his alma mater Skyline HS (Oakland, CA) and coached their crew.
Joe left teaching and started at 40 years career in information technology with Bank of America, Bank/One Chase, Reliant Energy and Citibank. Joe is married, 4 children, (daughters are graduates of The Woodlands HS and College Park HS) and has lived in The Woodlands for 18 years. Joe has two brothers who also rowed at Columbia and USC. Joe’s family were original founders/supporters of the San Diego Crew Classic held each Spring in San Diego CA. Joe also serves as the SE Regional Representative to the US Rowing Board of Directors.
Mac Nash has been a rower, or associated with rowing since 1975. Mac began rowing with the Narragansett Boat Club as a Junior, rowing in Singles and Fours. In addition to various club races, Mac raced in his first Head of The Charles in 1976. From Narragansett, Mac went on to Trinity College, CT where he rowed in the varsity lightweight crew eight, winning bronze at the Dad Vail Regatta in 1979 and gold in 1981, capping off an undefeated season. After winning the Dad Vail in 1981, the varsity eight was invited to compete in the Henley Royal Regatta, England. After college, he turned to long distance running, competing in the Boston Marathon in 1983 and also becoming a certified USRowing referee. After a move to Florida in 1993 Mac took a hiatus from rowing until 2006 when he joined the Detroit Boat Club Crew. Since returning to competitive rowing he has regularly competed in 6-8 regattas a year, including the U.S. Masters National Championships and the Head of the Charles Regatta on an annual basis. He has won more than 70 medals in that time. Mac has also supplemented his rowing experience and knowledge of the sport by attending the Craftsbury and Florida Rowing Center rowing camps on an annual basis and is currently coached by Marlene Royle, a noted Club and Masters rowing coach and former U.S. national team member. He recently relocated to The Woodlands and has joined The Rowing Club of the Woodlands.
“While we have a wealth and variety of experience in our coaching staff. We are very fortunate to have a wide range of skills and experience among our members who offer their time and expertise to benefit our members and programs of all ages! We not only encourage rowing, but we encourage education in water safety, coaching, and all aspects that benefit the sport of rowing and safety on Lake Woodlands and beyond!” Coach Dee