I love sharing the outdoors and active lifestyles with others. I grew up in a family that often enjoyed camping, hunting, and fishing trips. I’m also an Eagle Scout and enjoy riding bicycles, trekking, whitewater paddling, mountaineering, and sailing. My family is from Michigan but grew up in Chattanooga, graduated from Notre Dame High School, and completed my BS in Environmental Science at UT Knoxville.
I began rowing at the Chattanooga Junior Rowing club (CJR) junior year of high school as rehab for a football injury. My senior year I was a team captain and returned to US Rowing youth nationals in the double. I was afforded the opportunity to continue rowing at the University of Tennessee Knoxville where I served as the novice team captain, and then for two years as the Club President. I also got involved working in campus recreation as an employee of the outdoor program, and went on to attend graduate school while working as a graduate assistant at UTOP.
Since I have coached high school and adult rowing at Atomic in Oak ridge, TN; college at Stetson University; and still coach adult camps world-wide with the All-American Rowing Camp.
Notable Rowing Accomplishments:
- Two time Junior Nationals competitor (Quad '05, Double '06)
- Head of the Hooch; Gold - Novice Mens 8+, Gold - Varsity Mens 8+.
- US Rowing Collegiate National Championships 2010; Bronze - Pair, Silver - Double.
- Past Concept 2 World Record holder in the 20-29 year old age category for cumulative meters erged in a 24-hour period (209,000).
- In 2011, rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, crossing from Morocco to Barbados with 15 others on the 13-meter catamaran, Big Blue. Earned recognition for that feat in the Guinness Book of World Recordsas the first catamaran to row an ocean, and the first (so far only) crew of 16 to row an ocean.
- S. Rowing Level III coach
- American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED
- Swiftwater Rescue Technician
- Wilderness First Responder