Andreas Leichtfuss-Program Director/Head Coach

Head Coach Andreas LeichtfussAndreas is an internationally renowned coach with numerous achievements in rowing. His youth coaching experience includes programs in The Netherlands, Switzerland and New Zealand. He also coached for national teams in Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Iraq, and Korea. He has led athletes to numerous top 10 finishes at world competitions, including three gold medals at World Junior Rowing Championships. On behalf of the World Rowing Federation (FISA), Andreas managed IOC Olympic Development Camps in Asia and Africa. He worked as a FISA expert and lecturer in countries such as Kuwait, Pakistan, Iraq and Myanmar. He values his relationships with his athletes and keeps in touch with many of his former rowers.

Meghan Farrell - Varsity Coach

Coach Megan Farrell
Coach Farrell joins us from the University of Oklahoma where she was the Women’s Rowing Assistant Coach. Meghan was a full rowing scholarship D1 Athlete at the University of Oklahoma where she competed in the Oklahoma Rowing’s first qualification and competition at the NCAA Championship in the Varsity 8, she was a member of the 2013 Big 12 Championship Team.

Victor Gargaun- Novice Coach

Coach Victor Gargaun

A Sarasota Sculler alumni, Victor comes to us from Jacksonville University where he also rowed. In high school, he attended Suncoast Polytech High School. He brings a freshness to our coaching staff as he works closely with our spectacular coaching team under the direction of our Head Coach Andreas.

Randy Higel - Consulting 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 - Middle School 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 coach for the middle school team.

Casey McKenna Monroe-Middle School Director, Coach

Casey 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. She taught middle school English for seven years before turning to freelance writing and coaching. Casey looks forward to sharing knowledge of the sport she loves in her time with SSYRP.