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Coach Jennifer Arnold (arnoldjennifere@gmail.com)

Coach Jen rowed at University of Charleston before transferring to the University of Central Florida. She coached for Jacksonville Rowing Club and then coached for Lake Brantley High School Rowing Association. At Lake Brantley she started coaching middle schoolers before moving to master's. She eventually became the varsity women's coach. She spent this summer in Alaska with the Kenai Crewsers Rowing Club. Jen has a background in both sweep and sculling. She is also an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and runs her own personal training business. 

 

 

 

 

 

Coach Evan Merkel (nnmerkel@vt.edu)

Coach Evan began rowing at Virginia Tech in 2011. He stroked the men's varsity eight as well as the men's varsity four during the 2013-2014 season, when he served as Men's Vice President and team captain. After graduating in 2015, he enrolled in graduate school at Virginia Tech and began coaching for the team. He served as the varsity men's and women's coach for a year, then coached the women's varsity and women's novice teams from 2016 to 2017 while he completed his master's degree in Creative Technologies. Although Evan is no longer a student, he continues to coach for Virginia Tech and contribute to the sport