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Meet Our Coaches & Staff

David Fisher Executive Director

David Fisher (Coach Fish) was the Director of Rowing for Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. During his twelve years at Pine Crest, he was an integral part of their growth from a team of 50 high school student-athletes to more than 180 student-athletes ranging in age from 5th grade - 12th grade, making it the largest team on a campus. During the 2015 season, Pine Crest achieved their highest point total at the Florida Scholastic Rowing State Championships regatta when compared to the previous ten years.  

Pine Crest crews went on to successfully compete at the local and national levels while more than 50 student-athletes went on to compete at the collegiate level.
 
As the Executive Director for White Rock, David brings experience coaching both sweep and scull for all age groups, fleet management, program generation, and a commitment to assist with the growth of the sport of rowing in the Dallas area.  Anyone who is interested in joining White Rock as a beginner or experienced athlete should contact Coach Fish for more information and a tour of the boathouse.   



Cait Dunn, Varsity Coach

Cait Dunn Varsity Coach

Cait Dunn joined the White Rock Rowing Team in the summer of 2018 after serving as the head rowing coach at The Episcopal School of Dallas for six years. Dunn lead ESD to 13 Texas State Championship titles, 14 Central Youth Regional Championship titles, ten medals at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta (the country’s oldest and largest high school regatta), and took 13 boats to the USRowing Youth National Championship Regatta. 

 

While at ESD, she also sent five rowers to the US Junior National Team’s Development Camp.

Throughout the last seven years as head coach at Ursuline in 2011, and ESD 2012- 2018, Dunn coached numerous student-athletes who continued to row for collegiate programs throughout the country.

Dunn is a 2007 graduate of The Episcopal School of Dallas and a 2011 graduate of Temple
University. As a member of The Episcopal School of Dallas’ Rowing Team, Dunn claimed one Texas State Championship title, a second place finish at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta, and a sixth-place finish at the USRowing Youth National Championship Regatta. During her four years on Temple University’s rowing team, Dunn leads the second varsity eight to a first-place finish at the Keuper Cup Regatta, Braxton Memorial Regatta, and Tampa Mayor’s Cup Regatta. She also earned the Athletic 10 Conference Honor Roll all four years, was named a member of the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Academic All-Area Team in 2010 and received the Temple University Trustee 10 Award, which is given to the ten athletes at Temple with the highest GPAs. She graduated from the Honors Program at Temple with a degree in communications and a minor in both business and Spanish.

Born and raised in Dallas, Dunn is a Level II USRowing Certified Coach and holds a Personal Training Certification and Fitness Nutrition Specialist Certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Ed Golding, Varsity Girls Coach

Ed Golding Varsity Girls 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. 

Claire Thomas, Novice Coach

Claire Thomas Novice Coach

Claire joined White Rock as an assistant coach in the Spring of 2018. She started her rowing career in middle school as a coxswain for Pittsford Crew in upstate New York. She coxed in many races and at several prestigious regattas including The Head of the Schuylkill, The Royal Canadian Henley, and the Head of the Charles. After high school, she attended the Rochester Institute of Technology and decided to transition to rowing.  

She earned a seat in the nationally ranked 1V that took 5th and 7th place in the Collegiate Women’s Eights Division of the 52nd and 53rd Head of the Charles Regattas. In 2017 that same 1V won the Liberty League Championship and earned RIT their first-ever invitation to participate in the NCAA Rowing Championship at Mercer Lake, NJ. Claire and her boatmates in the 1V advanced to the grand final and placed 5th overall. The varsity eight was awarded the Liberty League Crew of the Year and Claire was named to the All-Liberty League Rowing Team. In addition, she was also selected as a 2017 CRCA (Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association) scholar-athlete. She is passionate about the sport of rowing and is excited to be working with the White Rock community.

Mary Condon, Adaptive and Veterans Head Coach

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. For more information contact Mary Condon at marycondon@whiterockrowing.org

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.