BCS Crew Coaches

BCS is staffed with outstanding coaches, whose combined experience covers decades of rowing, and coaching experience,  many with college and national programs. Our coaches are passionate about the sport, and volunteer their time to transfer not only their knowledge to our rowers, but their passion for the sport as well.

Myriam Pitts – PROGRAM FOUNDER

myriamMyriam inspired a generation of young people with her passion and dedication to the sport of rowing.  She founded the BCS and Western Albemarle Rowing Teams and was the force that have elevated the program to a national level.  The program has  had a profound effect upon many young peoples’ lives, making them stronger, more resilient, more determined and given them an insight into what it takes to realize their best.  After a courageous battle with cancer, she died on November 7, 2016 leaving a legacy of love and veneration that is rarely surpassed, a legacy that we are committed to honoring.  Now, as she said, “We must keep the momentum going and develop a plan that will hone our athletes to their highest potential.”

Myriam attended Marie Haps College (University of Louvain) and received a Masters in Translation and Interpretation with post graduate certifications in French, Spanish, ESOL and Dutch. Level III U.S. Rowing Certified Coach. CPR & First Aid current certification. Master rower medalist in national regattas. She attended the Regina Coeli High School in Lyceum, Belgium. AFS scholarship California. Participant in the Ballet du XX Siècle. Alpine skier. Long distance runner.

Craig Redinger – Head Coach

Craig’s athletic career spans a lifetime; beginning with youth baseball and swimming, high school football and track, and college pole vaulting. While studying Philosophy in UVA’s Honors Program, Craig served as the University of Virginia assistant swimming coach, during which time he discovered sculling, immediately fell in love with the sport and has competed for over 40 years in open and masters’ events across the country and in Europe.  Recently retired as an international lawyer responsible for the German practice of a global law firm, he devotes his time to fostering start-ups in the area as a board member of the Charlottesville Angel Network, guiding the Boy Scouts Stonewall Jackson Area Council as its president, teaching international M&A, coaching, training and enjoying the serenity of sculling.  All of his three sons attended Western Albemarle High School, and he and his wife, Martha (after whom one of the team’s single shells is named) have lived, other than a three year hiatus in Munich, in Charlottesville since their college days.

Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson first learned to scull as a club rower at the Rudergesellschaft Heidelberg (Germany) in 1990.  Since 1991, Chris has trained and competed in the 1x, mens 2x, mixed 2x and mixed 4x as a club and masters rower at the Atlanta Rowing Club (GA), Passaic River Rowing Association (NJ), Rivanna Rowing Club, and now at Beaver Creek Sculling.  Chris has won many races over the years in the 1x, 2x and 4x at regattas such as Diamond State Masters and other regional regattas in the south, the northeast and the mid-Atlantic and in the 2x and 4x at the USRowing National Masters Championships.  Chris has also trained extensively on the rowing ergometer, including four erg marathons (42,195 meters) and one erg ultra-marathon (100,000 meters).  Chris and his wife have lived in Ivy since 2008, and their son and daughter attend Meriwether Lewis Elementary School.  Chris served as an assistant coach for WAHS Rowing off and on from 2009-10 and has now returned to the fold.

Peter Massarelli

Peter started rowing in high school in the 1970s and was a member and captain of the Dartmouth College Heavyweight crew. While at Dartmouth, he was president of the Dartmouth Rowing Club and recipient of the Stewards Award. He coached St. John’s High School (Shrewsbury, MA) to a top 5 finish at the Head of the Charles in 1984 and coached the Dartmouth Freshman Heavyweight rowing team the following year. After college he rowed at Riverside Boat Club in Boston and returned to the sport in 2013 as a volunteer to help coach Western Albemarle High School. It’s the best “job” he’s ever had. His other jobs include being an Adjunct Faculty member in the Engineering School at UVA and a co-owner of Breviloquent, a design and communications strategy company. Peter has two daughters who have both rowed for WAHS.

Steve Bragaw

Steve has coached for WAHS Crew/Beaver Creek Sculling since 2014 and was the traveling coach for the WAHS crews at the US Rowing Youth National Championships in 2015 and 2016 in Sarasota, FL and Princeton, NJ.  Steve rowed at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT from 1984-1988. At Wes, he was part of sweep crews that had several undefeated seasons, winning multiple Little Three (Wesleyan-Williams-Amherst) Championships and placing strongly at the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and Dad Vail Championships. In summer 1988, he coached a boat to the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. Steve’s rowing dream is to coach a crew to the Royal Henley Regatta in England.  After earning his doctorate in American Politics at UVA, Steve taught for twenty years at Sweet Briar College, where he was the Carter Glass Professor of Government and chair of the political science department. He’s been an invited lecturer for the Supreme Court Historical Society, the Smithsonian Institution Associates Program, and The John Marshall Foundation, and served an appointed term on the Virginia Commission on Civics Education. Steve is in the political science department at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA, where he teaches classes in Constitutional Law, American Politics, and political theory.

Ellen Braun

Ellen earned a biochemistry undergrad degree from University of Massachusetts/ Amherst despite spending much of her time on two sports teams, volleyball and rowing. She was 2-seat in the UMass heavyweight eight that got a silver in the Dad Vail in her senior year.  After college, Ellen competed in road and track cycling and was a 4 year member of the US National Cycling Team, competing in the US and internationally. She won two national championships in track cycling and had another 5 podium finishes and two top-10 finishes at Cycling World Championships.  Eventually returning to grad school, Ellen got an MBA from George Mason, worked at Ernst & Young as a technology consultant and more recently at Capital One in technology, operations and post-merger integration roles. She’s lived in the mountains west of Crozet part-time since 1998 and full-time since retiring in 2015.

Lizzie Coleman

Lizzie holds a BA degree in Art History and French from Lake Forest College. While raising her children, she volunteered in the school art print program. She moved on to become the art teacher at the Beau Pre-Kindergarten. Lizzie has completed the Pilates foundation training of Basic Mat and Reformer through Pilates Excel while under the tutelage of renowned instructor Rebecca Leone. She is in the process of completing her certification while training and instructing at Tru Pilates.  Lizzie is the mother of three children, ages 14-21. She is a lifelong horse enthusiast, downhill skier and played lacrosse during her school years. She has always complemented her active lifestyle with various forms of organized exercise. She discovered Pilates upon reaching her 40s and was completely won over by the rejuvenating effect it had on her. She is eager to share with her clients the incredible postural length, strength and energy one gains from practicing Pilates.

Lieve Pitts

Gradate from UVA, Lieve rowed all four years for UVA. She still competes and is also an active scuba diver. She works for UCEA. Level I certificate.