Strength, endurance, self confidence, integrity, knowledge and sportsmanship through rowing, also know 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.
“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