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Mike Gibel

Position: Head Coach, Varsity Men's Coach
Email: Coach.Mike@gtcrew.com
College: Saint Joseph's University

Bio: Coach Mike graduated from Saint Joseph's University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mike competed on their varsity rowing team for all 4 years as a lightweight, and received medals from the Dad Vail Regatta, SIRA, Knecht Cup, and more, rowing under John Fife. Prior to St. Joe's Mike rowed for Pennsylvania Athletic Club with a second place finish in the Senior Lightweight 8+, at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta to his name. Mike also competed with the Atlanta Sculling Development Team under Curt Browder. Mike rowed 4 years at Saint Andrew Rowing Club with 3 invitations to the USRowing Youth Invitational: one in the varsity heavyweight 8+ (2005), one in the varsity lightweight 4+ (2005), and one in the varsity lightweight 8+ (2006). Currently Mike works for The Hartford Financial Services Group in Roswell.

Rodd Talebi

Position: Varsity Women's Coach
Email: Coach.Rodd@gtcrew.com
College: University of California - Los Angeles

Bio: Coach Rodd finished his third and final year as a rower for UCLA in 2014. In that time he medaled at WIRA three times (twice in the heavyweight varsity 8), selected to All WIRA First Team in 2014, competed twice at ACRA with the men's heavyweight varsity boat, and elected as Head Captain for his final season. After graduating, he spent a year as the assistant novice coach at his alma mater for the '14-'15 season. He completed a Masters in Analytics at Georgia Tech in 2016 and is excited to have the opportunity to coach the Women's Varsity squad, saying "It's going to be a good year."

Armando Chavez

Position: Varsity Men's Assistant Coach
Email: Coach.Armando@gtcrew.com
College: University of North Carolina

Bio: Coach Armando began rowing at the University of North Carolina as a novice during his sophomore year. During his time at UNC, he also rowed at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta for the West Side Rowing Club development camp in 2009. In 2011, Armando stroked UNC's coxed varsity four to a national championship win at ACRAs. After graduation, Armando participated in triathlons, adventure races, and a marathon. He returned to rowing after four years and finished third in the Director's Challenge 2x in 2015 with his father. He now trains at the Atlanta Rowing Club and will race the 1x this year at the Head of the Hooch and Head of the Charles. He most recently won the 1x at the Southeast Masters Nationals in 2016. Aside from his daily training, he also enjoys traveling and spending time with his two black Labradors. Armando currently works for Philips Healthcare.

Alec Kaye

Position: Novice Men's Coach
Email: Coach.Alec@gtcrew.com
College: Georgia Institute of Technology

Bio: Coach Alec graduated from Georgia Tech with a BS in Industrial Engineering. He competed with Georgia Tech Crew for all four years as a lightweight and heavyweight and received gold medals from the Dad Vail Regatta, SIRA, ACRA, and more. While at Tech, Alec held officer positions as Secretary, Men's Vice President, and President. Prior to Tech, Alec did not row.

Hayden McKinley

Position: Novice Men's Coach
Email: Coach.Hayden@gtcrew.com
College: Georgia Institute of Technology

Bio: Coach Hayden graduated from Georgia Tech with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Hayden began rowing at Tech and rowed for his first three years, accruing an impressive amount of fourth place finishes. Last season he transitioned to coaching the Novice Men's squad, leading them to a very successful season. Over the season they ended many droughts for the GT Novice men, including Head of the Hooch medal nmen8+ (first in 5 years), Dad Vail bronze Nmen4+ (first in 6 years), and ACRA silver nmen4+ (first Nmen ACRA medal in GT history). Hayden hiked 300 miles of the AT post graduation, and is currently training to set the record for the world's slowest 2k. He currently works as Head of Production/CAD Designer at Closets By Design.

Brian Stephenson

Position: Novice Women's Coach
Email: Coach.Stephenson@gtcrew.com
College: University of New England

Bio: Coach Brian attended two years at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst where he medaled at the New Hampshire Championship in 2010, and at the New England Championship and ECAC’s in the Varsity 4+ the following year. Brian then transferred to the University of New England where he co-founded their own rowing club. Within one short year, both men and women earned spots in the Varsity Collegiate 4+ at the Head of the Charles. After completing his degree in Exercise Science, Brian had the opportunity to intern at Harvard University in their Strength and Conditioning Department. He worked intensely with the Football and both Women’s and Men’s Lacrosse teams as well as the Women’s Lightweight Crew. Brian is eager to work at Georgia Tech and finally put his coaching skills to good use. Aside from his love of rowing, Brian is passionate about powerlifting and plans to compete soon.

Rowers

Varsity Men

Name Years on crew Major Hometown
Galvin Brady 2 Materials Science and Engineering Canterbury, Kent
George Burdell 8 Engineering Atlanta, GA
David Carlock 4 Mechanical Engineering Atlanta, GA
Mario Dinatti 2 Nuclear and Radiological Engineering Rome, GA
Carlos Fernandez-Otero 2 Mechanical Engineering Caracas, Venezuela
James Todd Gloyd 4 Aerospace Engineering Wilmington, DE
Austin Gunnarson 4 Biomedical Engineering Longmont, CO
Tory Heyerdahl 2 Aerospace Engineering Alpharetta, GA
Josh Johnston 4 MS - Mechanical Engineering Ringgold, GA
Marc Larvie 1 Aerospace Engineering Springfield, VA
Sarah Leftwich 1 Chemistry Roswell, GA
Michelle Lin 3 Biomedical Engineering Maryville, TN
Xing Liu 4 Undecided Engineering Nashville, TN
Arman Mehta 3 Computer Engineering Ashburn, VA
Sean Meiller 2 Aerospace Engineering Springfield, VA
Michael Mutkoski 1 Computer Science Duxbury, MA
Ethan Neault 2 Mechanical Engineering Marietta, GA
Jack Olinde 4 Applied Math Melbourne, FL
Tyler Oliver 2 Biomedical Engineering Powder Springs, GA
John Riordan 3 Business Administration Dunwoody, GA
Nakul Sharma 3 Industrial Engineering Atlanta, GA
Jacob Sutton 1 Mechanical Engineering Roswell, GA
Robert Trout 2 Chemical Engineering Liberty, MO
Kevin Wang 3 Computer Engineering Arlington, MA
Zachary Wilson 3 Civil Engineering Garner, NC

Novice Men

Name Years on crew Major Hometown
Karan Achtani 1 Marietta, GA Computer Science
Muhannad Alshihabi 1 Computer Science Kuwait City, Kuwait
Tyler Bandini 1 Mechanical Engineering Friendswood, TX
Brandon Burnette 1 Computer Engineering Bethlehem, PA
Sam Crane 1 Computer Science Atlanta, GA
Akash Dalal 1 Industrial Engineering Scotch Plains, NJ
Brendan Downing 1 Chemical Engineering Charlotte, NC
Hunter Eckstrom 1 Mechanical Engineering Alpharetta, GA
Nick Flint 1 Electrical Engineering Savannah, GA
Ruthra Govindaraj 1 Computer Engineering Nashua, NH
Bobby Guild 1 Mechanical Engineering Sewickley, PA
Taabish Kathawala 1 Computer Science Germantown, TN
Jonathan Ledet 1 Aerospace Engineering Roswell, GA
Ashwath Karthik Manivannan 1 Computer Science Cerritos, CA
Yeshwant Manoharan 1 Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering Suwanee, GA
Caleb McCullough 1 Civil Engineering Canandaigua, NY
Rahul Nambiar 1 Computer Science Alpharetta, GA
Tobias Niebur 1 Undecided Engineering Balltimore, MD
Michael Pang 1 Biomedical Engineering John's Creek, GA
Vivekanand Rajasekar 1 Computer Science Alpharetta, GA
Jarrett Schultz 1 Computer Science Houston, Texas
Benjamin Seleb 1 Mechanical Engineering Milner, GA
Kenny Sidoryk 1 Biomedical Engineering Atlanta, GA
Ian Smith 1 Biomedical Engineering Atlanta, GA
Bharat Srirangam 1 Computer Science Lexington, MA
Mark Walker 1 Computer Science Roswell, GA
George Wang 1 Computer Science Atlanta, GA
Sean Warren 1 Chemical Engineering Warner Robins, GA
Thomas Williamson 1 Mechanical Engineering Augusta, GA
Edward Xia 1 Aerospace Engineering Johns Creek, GA
Max Zegers 1 Mechanical Engineering Weston, CT
Steven Zhao 1 Aerospace Engineering E. Setauket, NY

Varsity Women

Name Years on crew Major Hometown
Kate Bitzko 3 Industrial Engineering Littleton, CO
Anne Blair Bonin 4 Architecture Augusta, GA
Rachel Boutom 2 Biomedical Engineering Fair Lawn, NJ
Mandy Davis 3 Business Administration Lillehammer, Norway
Kaela Frazier 2 Materials Science & Engineering Williamsburg, VA
Katherine Hewitt 4 Economics and International Affairs Savannah, GA
Hannah Heyerdahl 3 Civil Engineering Alpharetta, GA
Sarah Howard 4 Materials Science and Engineering Marietta, GA
Liza Joyce 3 Environmental Engineering Dunwoody, GA
Roshni Malde 2 Civil Engineering Greenville, SC
Hannah Murray 1 Civil Engineering Orlando, FL
Mackenzie Norfolk 2 Mechanical Engineering Atlanta, GA
Stephanie Pham 4 Business Administration Atlanta, GA
Renee Puvvada 3 Materials Science & Engineering Marietta, GA
Allison Rapoport 3 Computer Science Atlanta, GA
Sabrina Russell 3 Mechanical Engineering Liverpool, NY
Laurane Saliou 1 Le Relecq-Kerhuon, FR
Melanie Smith 2 Computer Science Gainseville, GA
Courtney Smith 2 Chemical Engineering Laguna Hills, CA
Tera Sparks 2 Nuclear and Radiological Engineering O'Fallon, IL
Rachel Stacks 2 Industrial Engineering Atlanta, GA
Kelly Storrs 3 Mechanical Engineering St. Louis, MO
Bethany Thomas 4 Business Administration Roswell, GA
Johanna Tomkiewicz 1 Mechanical Engineering West Chester, PA
Blaine Weinmann 1 Civil Engineering Orlando, FL

Novice Women

Name Years on crew Major Hometown
Emma Baubly 1 Industrial Engineering Chicago, IL
Lesley Brewer 1 Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Canton, GA
Manzhen Chen 1 Biomedical Engineering Lakeland, FL
Karyna Doering 1 Biomedical Engineering Camp Hill, PA
Yunqing Jia 1 Aerospace Engineering China
Hannah Lachmayr 1 Biology Fayetteville, GA
Morgan Mango 1 Computer Engineering Madison, AL
Elena May 1 Computer Science Augusta, GA
Juliana Petrillo 1 Chemical Engineering Savannah, GA
Lindsay Platt 1 Biomedical Engineering Atlanta, GA
Maya Pogrebinsky 1 Computer Science Atlanta, GA
Brianna Prindle 1 Biomedical Engineering Miami, FL
Julia Redstone 1 Computer Science Needham, MA
Hannah Shotwell 1 Biochemistry Gainesville, GA
Itzel Trejo 1 Mechanical Engineering Torreon, Mexico
Yelizaveta Utkina 1 Biology Moscow, Russia
Laura Velasquez 1 Computer Science Bogota, Colombia
Becca Volk 1 Aerospace Engineering Pittsburgh, PA
Amanda Walters 1 Mechanical Engineering Acworth, GA
Grace Willows 1 Materials Science and Engineering Friday Harbor, WA
Ellen Zwartkruis 1 Industrial Engineering Atlanta, GA

Officers

Position Name Email
President Nakul Sharma president@gtcrew.com
Men's Vice President Galvin Brady mensvp@gtcrew.com
Women's Vice President Liza Joyce womensvp@gtcrew.com
Treasurer Tyler Oliver treasurer@gtcrew.com
Public Relations Rachel Stacks publicrelations@gtcrew.com
Secretary Brandon Burnette secretary@gtcrew.com
Assistant Treasurer Courtney Smith assistanttreasurer@gtcrew.com
Fundraising Jacob Sutton fundraising@gtcrew.com
Social Promoter John Riordan socialpromoter@gtcrew.com
Boathouse Manager Ethan Neault boathousemanager@gtcrew.com
Assistant Boathouse Manager Sean Meiller boathousemanager@gtcrew.com

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