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Meet Our Coaches & Staff

Sebastian Peter, Varsity Boys Coach

Sebastian Peter Varsity Boys Coach

Sebastian started rowing in 2001, joined club (RV Kurhessen Cassel) in his hometown of Kassel, Germany in 2005. He was a German National Team Member in 2007 (JM2X), 2008(U23 M4X), 2009, 2010 (U23 M2X), and 2011 (U23 M2X). Sebastian has medaled at every World Cup or World Championships he has been at including a World Cup bronze medal in the M4X in 2010. 2 silver medals in the U23 M2X in 2010 and 2011, and two gold medals in the JM2X in 2007 and the U23M4X in 2008.  

Sebastian has also won the 2012 US Collegiate National Championship in the Men’s Varsity 8 (while setting a collegiate record that still stands) in his sophomore year at the University of Washington. Sebastian was a dean’s list student at Washington and currently works in the Dallas area. 

Sebastian started coaching at White Rock in the spring of 2016 and his personal vision for WRR is to develop a successful program that is known state-wide and contends at the Youth National regatta every year in several boats. WRR should become the place where everybody in the neighborhood can go to work out, be part of a team and a community that wants to make a difference in peoples' lives.

Contact Sebastian at sebastian.peter@whiterockboathouse.com



Alex Wells Masters Head Coach

Alex began rowing at St Mark’s School (Dallas), where he raced quads, doubles and singles. While at St. Mark’s Alex rowed a first place grand slam of the quad, double and single at the Heart of Texas Regatta, and took 4th place in the quad at the prestigious Stotesbury Cup in Philadelphia, one of the largest junior regattas in the country. During college, Alex’s time on the water was spent racing sailboats. He has a BA in Economics and an MA in Dispute Resolution from SMU; when not coaching at WRB, he manages a portfolio of real estate investments. Alex is certified in CPR/AED & First Aid, Texas Parks and Wildlife Safe Boating, and as a US Rowing Level II Coach. Contact Alex at  

Meaghan Breshnahan Varsity Girls Coach

Meaghan Bresnahan’s rowing career started at Mount St. Joseph Academy in Pennsylvania. After her novice year, she led the 1st lightweight 8+ to gold medals at the 2009 and 2010 SRAA National Championships and a bronze medal at the 2010 Youth National Championship. Meaghan was the co-captain of the crew team her senior year. 

Meaghan was recruited by Georgetown University in Washington, DC. There, she raced in the 1st Freshman 8+ and, subsequently, the 2nd Varsity 8+ and the 1st Varsity 4+ for the remaining three years.Meaghan was on the Patriot League Women’s Rowing Academic Honor Roll, and was a Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar-Athlete Division I in 2013 – 2015.

She trained and raced in 1x and 2x most summers, attending camps in NJ and DC, as well as Craftsbury Sculling Center in VT and a U23 development camp in NY.

Meaghan has known she wanted to coach rowing since her sophomore year of high school. As a result, she was one of three student-athletes at Georgetown chosen to attend the 2014 NCAA Career in Sports Forum. She coached sculling and sweeping at DC’s Thompson Boat Center during the summer of 2014. Meaghan graduated in May 2015 and moved to Dallas in October 2015 to accept a job in the Drinking Water Section of the Environmental Protection Agency. She started coaching at White Rock Rowing in January 2016.

Contact Meaghan at meaghan.breshnahan@whiterockrowing.com


Alex Ross, Coach

Alex Ross Coach Contact

Alex started off his rowing career with the German Juniors at the Olympic rowing centre in Munich. Having been offered an undergraduate place at Cambridge University, he continued his journey as an oarsman there and quickly rose through the college rowing ranks, narrowly missing a place in the Cambridge boat (v. Oxford). He raced all over Europe winning several contests including one in Paris in a double-scull and has a house full of trophies, painted oars etc. He retired from active rowing due to a back injury, after winning a gold medal, stroking a heavyweight VIII, in the British National Championships, also setting a course record in the process.  

During his active rowing career, he took up coaching novice and more experienced crews, seeing many of them through to university and national crews (heavyweight and lightweight). For his contributions to the sport, he was asked to join Leander Club which is recognized the world over for its extraordinary achievements, having won more Olympic and World championship gold medals than any other club. With 123 Olympic medals to its credit, Leander Club is the most successful rowing club in the world.  

As a member Alex fully committed to talent scouting for the club, coaching a number of crews, organizing training weekends, as well as fundraisers featuring Olympic medal winners. Coaching part-time in Cambridge he put together a team of Leander and Olympic coaches which resulted in one of the colleges, which had not won a major race in 125 years, winning the prestigious Fairbairn Cup:




Nan Miller Middle School Head Coach

Nan Miller was in line when White Rock Rowing first started offering lessons in 2004.  After spending several lonely years rowing a single out of the Boomerang, Nan joined the Masters competitive team when the Sam Leake Boathouse opened in 2008.  These days, you can find her at the Boathouse most mornings at 6am, working out with her teammates, and then back in the afternoon, passing her love and knowledge of the sport on to the Middle School crew.  Nan continues to compete at the regional and national level in both sweep and sculling events.  Most recently, she sat in the 3 seat of the Women’s 8+ that brought home a gold medal from the Stars and Stripes Regatta in Oklahoma City.  

“The discipline, body awareness and absolute need to function as a team, are all things these kids will carry to other areas in their lives.  We get goofy and have tons of fun, but at the end of the day our Middle School crew is sweaty, hungry and throwing down rowing jargon like those Boys in the Boat,” says Nan, in reference to the bestseller soon-to-be movie.

When Nan isn’t rowing, or thinking about rowing, she’s managing her bookkeeping business and enjoying life in Casa Linda Estates, where she and her husband, John, have lived with their two daughters for the past 23 years.

Nan’s coaching certifications include:

US Rowing Level II Coach

US Rowing SafeSport Athlete Safety Program

CPR/AED & First Aid

Texas Parks and Wildlife Safe Boating

Crispin Reedy Middle School Assistant Coach

This is Crispin Reedy’s 3rd year as assistant coach for the middle school program. She learned to row at White Rock from rowing coach Sam Leake, and has been rowing with the White Rock Masters program ever since. 

She has competed and medaled in the 2x, 4x, and 8+ at regattas throughout the region. She also recently completed her first triathlon, and is a longtime yoga practitioner. When not hanging out at White Rock she works in User Experience Design and speaks on various technology and design topics at conferences around the country. She is certified in CPR/AED/First Aid, SafeSport, and Boating Safety and is currently working on her Coaching Level II certification.

Mary Condon Adaptive and Veterans Head Coach

Mary Condon started the White Rock Adaptive Rowing group in 2012 and along with many volunteers has had the pleasure of coaching athletes who have a physical challenge. Men and women who may have MS, an amputation, a spinal cord injury for example are just a few of their challenges. They find rowing to be a sport that adapts the equipment to them so they can row like any other rower---for fitness or competition! 

Mary is a U.S. Rowing Level 2 Coach, certified in CPR, Boating Safety. She is a certified Medical Classifier for adaptive rowers who will be competing in the U.S. She coaches a girls High School novice crew in Dallas and continues to compete as a Master level rower both in regional and national regattas.

Mary is also a Physical Therapist and has practiced for over 20 years specializing in outpatient orthopedics.

Sherrie Johnson, Strength and Fitness Coach

Sherrie Johnson Strength and Fitness Coach

Sherrie is passionate about quality movement, strength, power, and energy system development.  Sherrie's most recent role as a strength & conditioning coach was with Women’s Alpine for the US Ski Team.  Through individual consulting and co-owning a private training facility, Sherrie has worked with athletes and clients of a broad range of fitness levels, goal, interests, and injuries.  

She also recently worked for an Austrian sport technology startup, developing web and mobile tools to uniquely meet the needs of elite sport coaches and athletes. 

Sherrie is currently in the full-time MBA at the SMU Cox School of Business.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University.  

Cate DeSutter Strength and Fitness Coach

Cate's passion lies in restoring authentic movement.  Prior to moving to Dallas, Cate worked as a consultant with professional Alpine skiers, designing strength & conditioning programs and helping athletes return to competition (and get out-of pain) following rehab.  In 2013-2014, Cate was part of the athletic performance team at the University of Portland. During her internship there, she assisted in strength and conditioning coaching of rowing, track and field, volleyball, and women’s basketball. Her project was to streamline the department’s corrective exercise approach for mobility and stability asymmetries and deficiencies.   

Since graduating from Texas A&M in 2009, Cate has supplemented her formal education on many occasions through shadowing physical therapists.