Meet Our Coaches & Staff

Ed Golding, Juniors Head Coach

Ed Golding Juniors Head Coach

Ed learned to row - after playing basketball, golf, and running cross country in high school - at the University of Wisconsin in the fall of 1997. He won medals at the IRA or Eastern Sprints (the Ivy League and Northeast conference rowing championship) his freshman, sophomore, and junior year and was in the Varsity 8 his junior and senior year. He also raced at the 2000 Under 23 World Championships in the United States Men’s 8, garnering a bronze medal.  

After college Ed trained with Vesper Boat Club and went to US National Team Trials in 2002. As an athlete he has medaled at the previously mentioned races as well as Canadian Henley, USRowing’s Elite National Championships, and the Head of the Charles.

Ed started coaching at his alma mater in 2003 and has since coached at Princeton University, Columbia University, The University of Pennsylvania, and The Florida Institute of Technology.  At Wisconsin, Ed coached the 3rd Varsity 8 that won Eastern Sprints in 2006 and was responsible for Wisconsin’s 2-, 4-, and Open 4+ that medaled at the 2006 IRA National Championships.  Ed coached the Freshmen Lightweights at Columbia and led them to a silver medal and Columbia Rowing “Crew of the Year” honor in 2011. At the University of Pennsylvania, he coached the freshmen heavyweights to grand finals at both Eastern Sprints (5th overall) and the IRA National Championship (6th overall) in 2013.  Most recently, Ed has helped Florida Tech win in the 1st and 2nd Varsity at the 2016 Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association’s (SIRA) Championships, the 2nd Varsity 8 to a silver medal at the 2016 Dad Vails, and consecutive Men’s Varsity 8 Gold Medals at the 2015 and 2016 Dad Vail Regattas (an event they had not won since 1987).

Ed graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2002 and he is currently pursuing an MBA in Accounting and Finance. 

Ed is excited to be in Dallas, where the sport of rowing has really taken hold and is growing at a rapid rate.  He is also excited to be in such a great facility as the Sam Leake Boathouse and associated with White Rock Rowing. 

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.

Caitlin Lowe, Novice Girls Coach

Caitlin Lowe Novice Girls Coach

Caitlin learned to row in the New Zealand junior system and rowed all four years in high school. She won bronze at the New Zealand Youth Nationals in the U17 2x and was an A finalist in the 1x and 2x multiple years. Caitlin rowed for the University of Miami in the 1V8+ for four years. She won Head of the Hooch in both the Champ 8+ and 2-, won the San Diego Crew Classic Cal Cup in 2013 and 2016 and stroked the 1V8+ her senior year. Caitlin has a degree in Exercise Physiology, and her hometown is Alexandra, New Zealand.

Alex Wells Novice Boys Coach & 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.

Meaghan Breshnahan Assistant 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 for 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.

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.

Mae Soliva-Bell Middle School Assistant Coach

Mae started rowing at Sydney Girls High School in 2000 and has rowed as part of the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Rowing Club, the Royal Military College (RMC) Rowing Club and Canberra Rowing Club (CRC), prior to moving to White Rock Rowing in 2016. She also took up coxing when a back injury in 2006 made her take a break from rowing; completing two Rowing Australia Coxswain workshops in 2006 and 2015. Mae officially started coaching in 2015 with the Australian Defence Force Rowing Association (ADRA), having mentored new rowers and assisted coaches unofficially beforehand. She received her Level 1 (Learn to Row) accreditation with Rowing Australia in 2015. Mae is a member of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and is currently stationed in Texas until the end of 2018. She moved to Rockwall in January 2016, with her husband Chris, who is also in the RAAF. She assists Coach Nan and Coach Crispin with Middle School rowers.  

Mae started rowing at Sydney Girls High School in 2000 and has rowed as part of the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Rowing Club, the Royal Military College (RMC) Rowing Club and Canberra Rowing Club (CRC), prior to moving to White Rock Rowing in 2016. She also took up coxing when a back injury in 2006 made her take a break from rowing; completing two Rowing Australia Coxswain workshops in 2006 and 2015.

Mae officially started coaching in 2015 with the Australian Defence Force Rowing Association (ADRA), having mentored new rowers and assisted coaches unofficially beforehand. She received her Level 1 (Learn to Row) accreditation with Rowing Australia in 2015.

Mae is a member of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and is currently stationed in Texas until the end of 2018. She moved to Rockwall in January 2016, with her husband Chris, who is also in the RAAF. She assists Coach Nan and Coach Crispin with Middle School rowers.

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.