Dragos Alexandru Program Director/Head Coach

Alex Coach Dragos hails from Romania, where he competed on the Romanian National Team for four years. He continued to serve as an assistant coach for the Romanian National Team, including the Women's pre-Olympic team in 1982-1983. After moving to the United States, he worked for the Friends Academy from 1998-2001 as Head Coach. His tenure with the Sarasota Scullers began in 2003. Under Coach Dragos, the Scullers earned Sarasota's first National Championship Medal in 2010, gold medal in 2011 and Bronze in 2012. The team regularly sends rowers to compete at national championship regattas. Coach Dragos is a US Rowing Certified Level III coach.

Lindsey Churchill - Novice Coach

Coach Lindsey relocated from Virginia to join us for the 2014/15 season. She comes to us from Langley High School where she was the Assistant Women’s coach. Last season she coached the Novice Women’s 4+ to 3rd place in the Virginia State Championships. Prior to that she rowed for Liberty University and was the Head of Recruitment for the men’s and women’s programs. In 2012, she placed 1st at Club Nationals in the LTW 4+. Coach Lindsey is a Certified US Rowing Level II coach.

Angela Henley - Varsity Coach

jeff A founding Sarasota Sculler, Coach Angela has an extensive history with the team starting in 1991, her first year rowing. She was the Team Captain in 1995. She was also team captain at the University of Central Florida, where she rowed from 1995-1999. Coach Angela first picked up a megaphone at Bishop Moore High School, where she served as Assistant Coach for two years. She returned to Sarasota Scullers to coach Long Skinny Boat Camp and has worked with the Sarasota Women's Association of Rowing Moms, Sarasota Scullers Masters Program, and as Head Coach of Sarasota Scullers' Women. She is USRA Level II Certified Rowing Coach.

Randy Higel - Varsity Coach

Randy-2 Coach Randy has long been involved in the Sarasota rowing community as the founding President of the Sarasota County Rowing Club. He served on the board of Sarasota Scullers before helping to found Sarasota Crew in 2002. There, Coach Randy held a variety of coaching positions ranging from Novice Men to Varsity Girls to team Assistant Coach. Randy returned to his roots with Sarasota Scullers in 2009 to serve as the Men's Head Coach, helping the boys' team achieve national recognition. He is a USRowing Certified Level III coach.

Jeff Higel - Assistant Coach

jeff Coach Higel has competed in successful boats at the Head of the Hooch and championship regattas in the southeast as a Master rower. He is currently a member of Sarasota County Rowing Club, the local masters rowing club, and has held positions on its board and served as President. His coaching career includes seven years at Sarasota Crew as the Novice Men's, Women's Varsity, and Novice Women's coach. He currently is the Assistant Coach for the men's team and coaches the Learn-to-Row class for SCRC.

Casey McKenna Monroe Novice/ Middle School Coach

Brittany Casey McKenna-Monroe first picked up an oar while studying abroad in England and she never let go. For over a year, she raced as a Master with ROCCS before moving to Sarasota where she continued competing with Scullers' sister organization, Sarasota County Rowing Club. Casey looks forward to sharing knowledge of the sport she loves in her time with SSYRP. Coach Casey is a Certified US rowing Level II coach. She maintains a rowing blog about her experiences at

Ted Riedeburg -Varsity Coach

Coach Ted brings with him over 18 years of coaching experience. He comes to us from Stanton River Bank Rowing in Jacksonville where he was the Head Rowing coach since 2010. Prior to that he was with the Bolles School for 11 years, 4 years as the Varsity Men’s Coach and 7 years as the Head Rowing coach. During the past 11 years he has coached countless boats to State Championships. Coach Riedeburg is an AFAA Certified Personal Trainer, Concept 2 Certified Indoor Rowing Instructor, Certified Wellness Educator and US Rowing Level III Certified Coach.

Brittany Skidmore - Coxswain Coach

JosephPantera Coach Brittany started coxing 2004 for Cincinnati Jr Rowing Club, a nationally ranked club team. The highlight of her junior career was coxing the Women's Lightweight 8+ to a silver medal at the US Rowing Youth Nationals. She earned a full scholarship for coxing to UCF and was only freshman on the varsity squad that year and coxed on the varsity squad all four years before graduating in 2011 with a degree in Business Management. "I believe rowing is the ultimate team sport," said Coach Brittany. "I enjoy motivating people and I think with the kids they need someone who expects greatness out of them and believes in them. Coach Brittany is a Cretified US Rowing Level II coach."