STAFF and DIRECTORS

WBC is extremely proud of its varied and accomplished coaching staff.

 Coaches’ Blog

Susan Hermann- Head Coach, WBC Masters Program; Assistant Director, WBC Junior Program

Susan joined Whitemarsh club as the Head Coach of their masters rowers in 2010, but has been involved with rowing since long before that! She began rowing in 1989 at The University of Texas at Austin and has never left the sport. After years of competing in everything from the novice level to the Elite level in sculling and sweep boats she moved away from competing and transitioned into coaching; her career as a coach began at Lower Merion High School in 1995. She coached intermediate and senior scullers for Vesper boat club in 1996-97 and also spent four years of coaching at the college level (one year as the Varsity women’s coach at Drexel and 3 years as the Freshmen women’s coach at the University of Pennsylvania). Susan left college coaching to raise her son, but only got out of coaching for 9 months! She coached at Shipley for a season and then moved to Germantown Academy in 2002 and was the Head Coach at GA for twelve years, with many City and National Champions along the way. She also spearheaded the WBC fall rowing program for juniors and is looking forward to seeing its continued expansion. Susan truly loves coaching at all levels; everything from introducing people to the sport to helping dedicated rowers fine tune their stroke and achieve their goals. She believes there is a place in this sport for everybody and prides herself in creating a fun, yet challenging environment in which every level of rower can improve. She has enjoyed watching the WBC Masters program grow and is looking forward to taking the program to new heights in the coming years.

 Joe Sullivan- Director, WBC Juniors Program

Joe Sullivan has been involved in rowing for over 35 years. He began rowing as junior at Monsignor Bonner H.S in 1978. He then went on to row 4 years at Temple University where in 1983 he was a member of Temple’s first Dad Vail Champion Men’s Varsity Heavyweight 8. During the summers while in college and then year-round after graduation he rowed for Vesper Boat Club on their lightweight team. While at Vesper he won several USRowing National Championships and Royal Canadian Henley Regatta gold medals

Joe began his coaching career with Harriton H.S. in 1984. In 1987 3 of the 4 boats that went to the SRAA Championships won medals; the highlight being his Boys Varsity 4+ bringing home gold. Since then he has coached several other places that span all levels of rowing in both sweep and sculling. He has mainly coached high school teams, some of which he helped start, and junior club teams. Joe has also coached college, club and masters teams.  Over the span of his coaching career Joe has helped guide numerous crews to medal winning performances which include many championship races. He has had 13 crews qualify for the USRowing Youth National Championships. He has also coached at least 14 rowers at some point during their high school rowing who have made the Junior National Team. Also many of the rowers he has coached have gone on to successful college careers, many on scholarship.

In addition to coaching competitive rowing Joe has also taught numerous people to row. He has run Learn-to-Row Programs for middle school age children from as young as 9 and 10 years old to adults in their 60’s and 70’s, plus at least one man in his 80’s. Many of his students have continued rowing after their course by joining a club or high school team. They have gone on to have successful racing careers of their own.

Art Post- Assistant Coach, Masters Program

Art brings with him a literal lifetime of rowing experience. He has been involved with the rowing community since the 1960’s and has seen success at every level. As a high school student, he rowed for Groton School in Massachusetts. He went on to row for 4 years in the men’s varsity 8+ at Dartmouth College. Upon graduation, Art left New Hampshire and made his way to Philadelphia’s own Vesper Boat Club where he competed at the Elite level for nearly 10 years. During his time as an elite rower he won multiple National Championships in a variety of boat sizes. To this day you can find Art racing, and winning, in masters regattas throughout the year.

His coaching resume is even more impressive, if you can believe that. He has coached everything from high school novices, to collegiate varsity, to high performance, world championship teams. If you are at all familiar with the Philadelphia scholastic rowing scene you have seen one of Art’s boats winning a race. For the past 19 years he has been one of the assistant coaches at Malvern Preparatory School. In 2004 he took over the coaching of their doubles, giving him ownership of 3-5 boats per season. During his time at Malvern Prep, Art has helped produce more than 20 National Champion crews and has seen over 40 of his rowers graduate and go on to row for Division I varsity programs.

 

Lauren Lehane- Assistant Coach, Junior Fall Racing Team; Assistant Coach, Masters Program

Lauren began rowing in 1996 as a freshman in high school at the Agnes Irwin School. While at AIS, Lauren won the Philadelphia City Championships twice, earned a bronze medal at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta, and won the Scholastic National Championships as a senior. Lauren then went on to row for four years at Boston College, where she won the New England Championships twice, the Jesuit Invitational twice, earned silver medals at the Big East Championships and the Dad Vail Regatta, and won a gold medal at Dad Vails as a junior. Lauren continues to compete, representing Whitemarsh Boat Club, winning the King’s Head Regatta, Navy Day, Independence Day, Quaker City Masters and the Head of the Schuylkill.

Lauren has been coaching the boys’ team at Germantown Academy for the past nine years, and the Whitemarsh juniors for the past 8 years. Her crews have won or earned medals at King’s Head, Head of the Schuylkill, the Cooper Cup, City Championships, Stotesbury, and Scholastic Nationals. Lauren also gives private lessons and teaches learn-to-row classes at Whitemarsh Boat Club.  Her “real” job is teaching second grade in West Chester.

Lauren is always happy to help out or give any advice, and loves bringing new people into the sport that she has loved for the past 18 years. You can find her most mornings rowing her single!

 Keith Wobeser – Assistant Coach, Masters Program

Keith began rowing in Saskatoon Saskatchewan in 1984, after being recruited from speed skating to form a rowing team for Saskatchewan at the 1985 Canada Games. He has continued to row ever since. He initially rowed in team boats but moved over to rowing the single more 1987. In 1991 he won the lightweight single at the Canadian National Championships. He continued to row after completing his Physical Therapy degree in 1993 competing for Victoria Rowing club, St. Catherines Rowing Club, Ridley Grad and Calgary Rowing club in crew and single boats at the Canadian Henley, Canadian Nationals and various US regattas. He began rowing for Undine Barge club in Philadelphia before taking a break from rowing in 2002. During the intervening years Keith competed in marathons, triathlons, Ironman and Adventure racing. In 2010 he began rowing again after an invitation from Bonnie Mueller to come check out Whitemarsh Boat club. Since then he has competed for both WBC and the London Rowing club at local Philadelphia regattas, the Head of the Charles and on the Thames River in London England.

Keith began coaching in the late 1980’s starting initially with running their Learn to Row program for 3 summers. He then began to take his coaching certification levels from Rowing Canada Avrion and was the Saskatoon juniors coach preparing teams for the Canada Games, Henley and Canadian Nationals. He also was an assistant coach at many of the clubs that he competed with since that time.

 

Taya DiAngelo- Program Coordinator

Born & raised in Anchorage, AK, Taya fell into rowing in 1994 while attending Annie Wright School, a small all girls boarding school in Tacoma, WA; after the first on water practice she was hooked. She went on to spend all four years of college coxing for the varsity men’s team at the University of San Diego. While at USD she helped lead the men’s program to their first ever medal in an eight at the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships. She graduated from USD in 1999 & has been coxing for various clubs off & on ever since. She has coxed crews to gold medals at Masters Nationals, San Diego Crew Classic, Independence Day Regatta, Navy Day, & many other regattas. Her bucket list will be complete when she has a medal from Head of the Charles & Canadian Henley, so if you know of a fast boat in need of a driver feel free to contact her directly!
Taya successfully coached juniors at Germantown Academy for nine seasons before moving into the collegiate coaching world. Currently, she is coaching the novices at the University of Pennsylvania and is loving the early mornings on Boathouse Row. When she isn’t yelling at people on the river, either from a coaching launch or the cox’n seat, you can probably find her at home with her young son, Grayson, and her ex-rower turned triathlete husband, Craig. She may or may not be yelling…

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WBC’s Board of Directors sets the strategic path for the organization and helps coordinate its many volunteers, programs, and other moving parts.

  • President/Board Member & Board Chair: Jessica Mc Alear
  • Vice President/Board Member: Steve McChesney
  • Secretary/Board Member: Julie Waterbury
  • Treasurer/Board Member: Kathy McCusker
  • Captain/Board Member: Keith Wobeser
  • Immediate Past President & Board Member: Rick Schwarz
  • Board Member: Linda Chisholm
  • Board Member: Steve Whalen
  • Board Member: Jack Voss
  • Jaord Member: Jane Voss

WBC’s Operations Committee has oversight of the day-to-day functions of the club and member engagement.

  • Captain/Board Member: Keith Wobeser
  • President/Board Member & Board Chair: Jessica Mc Alear
  • Vice President/Board Member: Steve McChesney
  • Treasurer/Board Member: Kathy McCusker
  • Secretary/Board Member: Julie Waterbury
  • Financial Secretary: David Kaess
  • Membership Chair: Marie Leonard
  • Club Co-Coxswains: Tom Meehan & Emidio Parenti
  • Events Committee Co-Chairs: Joe Noonan & Beckie Cahill