USAA PROVIDES MORE BENEFITS TO MILITARY MEMBERS than any other major financial services provider. See the full list of benefits at USAA.COM/SERVING
USAA means United Services Automobile Association and its affiliates. Use of the term “member” or “membership” does not convey any eligibility rights for auto and property insurance products, or legal or ownership rights in USAA. Membership eligibility and product restrictions apply and are subject to change. © 2016 USAA. 233439-0816
TABLE OF CONTENTS Table of Contents 2017 Roster The Coast Guard Academy Coast Guard Superintendent Director of Athletics Athletics Facilities Strength & Conditioning Staff Directory
1 2 4-5 6 7 8-9 10 11
Coast Guard Women’s Rowing Coaching Staff Player Bios 2017 Schedule
12 13-14 Back Cover
The 2017 Men’s Rowing Media Guide is a publication of the Coast Guard Academy’s Athletic Media Relations Office.
MEN’S MEN’S ROWING ROWING
/CoastGuard AcademyAthletics @CoastGuardBears
CGASPORTS.COM IAN HOPPER AND MICHAEL BRACHMAN
Name Clara Beckert Evan Boisse Michael Brachman Zachary Brigham Jacob Brookhart Josh Brown Stephen Bruno Aoife Dahill-Baue Walter Daniels James Guillen-Blandford Michaela Hepler Ian Hopper Logan Hutson Jerrett Jenkins Zachary Kayser Alexis Laskowski Paul Leung Jared Mihalcik Thorn Nelthropp Andrew Niedbala Brendan Powell Bradley Ragan Connor Rivera Michael Rosenberg Leah Schweigert Jacob Skimmons Delaney Swift John-Paul Yalov Coaching Staff Head Coach
Yr. Fr. Fr. So. So. Fr. So. So. Fr. So. So. So. So. Jr. So. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. So. So. So. Fr. Fr. So. Fr. Fr. Fr. Jr.
Hometown Greenbelt, Md. Auburn, N.H. Crystal Lake, Ill. California, Md. Lorton, Va. Temecula, Ca. North Branford, Conn. Amherst, Mass. Chapel Hill, N.C. Washington, D.C. Great Falls, Mt. Houston, Texas Gloucester Point, Va. Mobile, Ala. Oak Park, Ill. Jacksonville, N.C. Monkton, Md. Burlington, Conn. Christiansted, V.I. Geneva, Ill. Damascus, Ore. Austin, Texas Metuchen, N.J. Eagle River, Alaska Fairfax, Va. Gaithersburg, Md. Portales, N.M. Pikesville, Md.
2017 ONLINE GUIDE
COAST GUARD ACADEMY One of the smallest of the five U.S. Military Academies Four-Year Bachelorâ€™s of Science degree program Founded in 1876 aboard the schooner Dobbin Highly selective admissions standards No tuition, traditional application process No congressional nomination necessary Education includes academics, physical fitness, character and leadership development 85 percent of graduates choose to serve beyond their five-year commitment Two graduates have been NASA Astronauts 80 percent of graduates go to graduate school (most paid for by Coast Guard)
2017 ONLINE GUIDE
COAST GUARD QUICK FACTS The Coast Guard Academy has 25 Intercollegiate sports (12 men’s, 10 women’s, 3 co-ed) The Bears have been members of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in 15 sports since 1999 Coast Guard has won NEWMAC championships in Volleyball, Men’s Swimming, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Crew and Softball Teams have competed in the ECAC Championship tournament in men’s soccer, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball and softball in the past five years The Bears have advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite 8 in both Volleyball (2006) and Men’s Basketball (2007-08) COAST GUARD ACADEMY CORPS OF CADETS DEMOGRAPHICS - about 1,000 cadets enrolled - 48 states and 11 foreign nations represented - 100% of students housed on campus - 20 NCAA Division III athletic teams - 31% of cadets are women - 22% of cadets are minorities - 1 faculty member for every 8 students - 19 Cadets in an average class
REAR ADMIRAL JAMES E. RENDON ACADEMY SUPERINTENDENT SECOND YEAR Rear Admiral Rendon assumed the duties of the 41st Superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, June 1, 2015. He reported to the Academy after serving as Director, Joint Interagency Task Force West (JIATF West), the U.S. Pacific Command’s executive agent for planning and conducting counter-drug strategy in an area of operations covering more than 105 million square miles. Prior to this assignment, Rear Admiral Rendon served as Assistant Superintendent of the Coast Guard Academy, the Superintendent’s direct representative to oversee day-to-day operations. Prior to his first Academy assignment, he served as Director of Staff to the Vice Commandant. Rear Admiral Rendon is a surface operations specialist with a diverse list of assignments over his 28 year Coast Guard officer
COAST GUARD ACADEMY SUPERINTENDENT
career. He served as Commander, Sector Northern New England in Portland Maine, as well as, Chief Response, Fifth Coast Guard District in Portsmouth, Virginia. Rear Admiral Rendon is a cutterman with afloat tours as Deck Watch Officer aboard Durable, a 210-foot cutter home-ported in Brownsville, Texas; Executive Officer aboard the Patrol Boat Ocracoke in Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, and Commanding Officer of the Surface Effect Ship Petrel in Key West, Florida. Other operational ashore assignments consist of staff advisor, Seventh Coast Guard District Intelligence and Law Enforcement Branch in Miami, Florida, Operations Officer for Group Key West, Florida, as well as Commander, Coast Guard Group Mayport in Northeast Florida. Rear Admiral Rendon served as Aide de Camp to the 20th Commandant of the Coast Guard. He also completed a Congressional Fellowship in our nation’s Capital, where he worked for the House of Representatives, Government Reform Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources, followed by a two-year assignment as Drug Policy Advisor to the Speaker of the House. Rear Admiral Rendon’s personal awards include a Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (6), Coast Guard Commendation Medal (3), Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and a variety of other unit awards and service ribbons. He is authorized to wear the Cutterman’s Insignia and the Boat Forces Operations Insignia. A 1983 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy, Rear Admiral Rendon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science degree from the University of Illinois. He also completed study at the National War College, Class of 2005, where he earned a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy.
2017 ONLINE GUIDE
TIM FITZPATRICK DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS SIXTH YEAR Tim Fitzpatrick is in his sixth year as Director of Athletics at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and on his watch the USCGA’s athletic program has seen growth in several key areas.
programs. Additionally, Fitzpatrick managed IU’s external units, including marketing, ticket operations, licensing, merchandising, website, and publications.
In addition to securing a comprehensive, five-year shoe and apparel agreement with adidas America for the academy’s 23 NCAA sports, he oversaw a rebranding initiative that has resulted in new logos and marks and created an athletic booster organization, the CGA Bear Club, as an annual giving entity to fund athletics “margin of excellence” projects and initiatives.
Additionally, he negotiated a 6-year, $21,000,000 shoe and apparel agreement with adidas America and administered the Hoosiers’ multi-media partnerships with Learfield Sports and the Big Ten Network. During his tenure, Indiana realized a ticket sales revenue increase of 15-percent over annual budgeted projections.
Under Fitzpatrick’s guidance, the department now conducts an annual women’s professional development seminar (the Women’s LeadHERship Symposium), which features prominent national leaders in women’s athletics for female USCGA athletic staff members as well as attendees from colleges and universities throughout New England.
Prior to the Academy Fitzpatrick was the Director of Athletics at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for two years prior, after spending the previous four years as the Deputy Athletic Director at Indiana University. At Texas A&M – Corpus Christi, Fitzpatrick secured major gifts for construction of a new outdoor tennis center, as well as renovation of the university’s baseball and softball stadiums. He additionally served on the NCAA’s Division I Women’s Basketball Issues Committee while in south Texas, and executed a strategic plan which increased the department’s corporate sponsorship revenue by nearly 40%. While at Indiana, he was responsible for internal administration of the department, oversaw capital construction and facilities management, and had oversight of the football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball
He arrived at West Point from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, where he served as the associate athletics director for external affairs and executive director of the athletic foundation during the 1998-99 academic year. Prior to Army and Charlotte, Fitzpatrick served in a similar role at the University of Pittsburgh. Fitzpatrick was a senior associate athletics director at the University of North Texas from May 1994 to June 1996. He was instrumental in UNT’s transition from NCAA Division I-AA football to the Big West Conference. He gained considerable experience as Assistant Commissioner of the Southwest Conference from 1992-94. Fitzpatrick began his athletic administration career as the assistant marketing director at Army before moving on to Virginia Commonwealth as the director of marketing and Ticket Sales (1984-87) and Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing and Public Relations from 1987-92. A 1981 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College with a bachelor’s degree in English, Fitzpatrick earned his master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio University in 1982.
DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS
He has launched an external program for sale of corporate sponsorships and partnerships, established a Faculty Affiliate program, began the annual Celebrate New London football game initiative and was the driving force in the men’s basketball teams appearance in the Armed Forces Classic on ESPNU during the 2014-15 season.
Fitzpatrick came to IU after spending the previous five years as COO and associate athletics director for external operations at the U.S. Military Academy.
COAST GUARD ACADEMY NITCHMAN TRACK & FIELD COMPLEX The Track & Field Complex was constructed in the summer of 2007 first used for the men’s and women’s soccer games that Fall. The FieldTurf surface lies on the banks of the beautiful Thames River and is also home to the men’s and women’s track & field program.
COMMANDER JOHN MERRIMAN GYM Merriman Gymnasium is home to the women’s volleyball program and the men’s and women’s basketball programs. The gym holds three basketball courts used for varsity practices and games, as well as intramural competition. The 1200-seat facility has been home to numerous league and regional championships. ROLAND POOL Roland Pool is home to our men’s and women’s swimming and diving program. The eight-lane, 50-yard pool is also used daily for athletic training programs for our cadet-athletes, physical education courses, as well as military training programs necessary to carry out the missions of the Coast Guard for all cadets.
2017 ONLINE GUIDE
NITCHMAN BASEBALL FIELD Nelson Nitchman Field is home of the Coast Guard Academy baseball team. The picturesque view from the field overlooks the Thames River.
NITCHMAN SOFTBALL FIELD Nelson Nitchman Field is home of the softball team. The Bears have enjoyed tremendous success winning three of the last four NEWMAC tournament championships and going to the NCAA tournament four straight seasons (20092012).
CADET MEMORIAL FIELD Cadet Memorial Field was made into a FieldTurf surface in 2004 as a gift from the Class of 1952. The facility features a twostory press box that includes two coaches rooms, a room for radio broadcasting and video recording, space for media personnel, and two lounge lounge areas for additional seating. The 1500seat stadium overlooks the Thames River and the Gold Star Memorial Bridge.
MEN’S MEN’S ROWING ROWING
Coast Guard Athletics has two weight rooms, each featuring state-of-theart equipment for our cadets and cadet-athletes to use to improve their overall health and fitness. The facility in Roland Hall is dedicated to freeweight exercising while our Billard Hall facility holds our nautilus, cardio, and other guided machine equipment.
Strength and Conditioning Coach Hassell, in her second season at the Coast Guard Academy, was most recently the fitness manager at XSport Fitness in Chicago. She has a degree in Self-Designed Sports Science from Beloit College in Wisconsin where she was the class president as well as master’s degrees in Health and Physical Education from Valdosta State and Sports and Fitness Management from Troy University.
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING
She was the tactical strength and conditioning coach at Fort Bragg from 2013-2104 and prior to that the strength and conditioning coach at IMG Academy in Florida from 2011-2013. Hassell began her career as the strength and conditioning graduate assistant at Georgia Southern during the 2004-2005 academic year before moving onto Valdosta State as graduate assistant for two years. She then served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Troy University from 2007-2011 before taking the position at IMG Academy. Hassell played for both the Chicago Force and the Atlanta Xplosion Women’s of the Independent Women’s Football League (IWFL) and her Atlanta team won the 2006 IWFL Championship. She was also a member of the US Virgin Islands Women’s National Basketball team practice squad.
2017 ONLINE GUIDE
Name Tim Fitzpatrick Dan Rose Chris Parsons Art Lamoureux Jason Southard Casey McGarvey Andrea Stewart Donna Koczajowski Katherine Bossardet Jen Meuse Vi Oliver Bruce Cobb Dave Fraboni
ATHLETIC TRAINING Name Ken Niedzwiecki Maura Gillon Jake Ibey Justin Bolton Shaakira Hassell
Name C.C. Grant Mike Turgeon
Name Bill George Dana Fleischmann C.C. Grant Ray LaForte Jay Driscoll Chris Strand Dave Ratner Don Miller
MEN’S BASKETBALL Name Kevin Jaskiewicz Bob Bono Grant Johnson Joe Cyr
MEN’S CREW Name Bill Randall
Name Ethan Brown Greg Ahnrud Mariette Ogg
Title Head Athletic Trainer Assistant Athletic Trainer Assistant Athletic Trainer Assistant Athletic Trainer Strength & Conditioning Coach
Phone 860-444-8619 860-701-6415 860-701-6416 860-701-6617 860-701-6623
Title Head Coach Assistant Coach
Phone 860-701-6132 860-444-8588
Title Director of Rowing/Head Coach
Name Matt Nakagawa
Title Head Coach
PISTOL & RIFLE
Name Title Richard Hawkins Shooting Sports Coach
Name Doug Clark Jack Neades Brian Swingly
Phone 860-444-8577 860-701-6291 860-444-8325
Name Alex Ivansheck Jessica Farley Scott Hawk Catherine Lewis
Title Director of Sailing Head Offshore Coach Head Intercollegiate Coach
Title Phone Head Coach 860-701-6594 Assistant Coach 860-701-6960 Assistant Coach Assistant Coach
Name Bill Randall Jodi Hope
Title Director of Rowing Head Coach
Phone 860-444-8679 860-803-4435
Name Mary Heneberry
Title Head Coach
WOMEN’S LACROSSE WOMEN’S SOCCER
Name Susan Grant Beth Nakagawa Andrea Giuliano Katie Shveda Anthony Occhialini
Title Phone Head Coach 860-444-8582 Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Goalkeeper Coach
WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING Name John Westkott Mary Westkott Ken Pancoast
WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL Name Mike Bynon
Title Head Coach Assistant Coach Diving Coach
Phone 860-444-8586 860-701-6374
Title Head Coach
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
Name Name Title Phone Ethan Brown Ray LaForte Head Coach 860-701-6805 Greg Ahnrud Dave Fraboni Assistant Coach Mariette Ogg Mike Higbie Assistant Coach Pat Powers Assistant Coach WRESTLING Name MEN’S SOCCER Kevin Bratland Name Title Phone Chris Parsons Head Coach 860-701-6197 Patrick McCarney Assistant Coach Anthony Occhialini Goalkeeper Coach
Title Phone Head Coach 860-444-8586 Assistant Coach 860-701-6374 Diving Coach
Name Title Phone Donna Koczajowski Head Coach 860-444-8604 Dana Fleischmann Assistant Coach Erin Miller Pitching Coach
Title Phone Head Coach 860-444-8590 Assistant Coach Assistant Coach
Name John Westkott Mary Westkott Ken Pancoast
Title Phone Head Coach 860-444-8584 Co-Defensive Coordinator/ 860-444-8605 Recruiting Coordinator Co-Defensive Coordinator 860-444-8581 Offensive Coordinator 860-701-6805 Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Title Head Coach Associate Head Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach
MEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING
Title Phone Head Coach 860-444-8590 Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Title Head Coach
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
Title Phone Director of Athletics 860-444-8600 Associate AD/Director of 860-701-6798 Physical Education Associate AD for Compliance 860-701-6197 and Admissions Support Assistant AD for Operations 860-444-8601 Director of Media Relations 860-701-6800 Media Relations Assistant SWA/Travel Coordinator 860-701-6799 SWA/Director of Club Sports 860-444-8604 Associate Office Manager 860-444-8600 Director of Special Projects 860-444-8344 Administrative Assistant 860-444-8580 Equipment Manager 860-444-8606 Equipment Manager 860-444-8663
BILL RANDALL HEAD COACH
Bill Randall, a Class of 1982 graduate of the Academy is in his first season as the Director of Rowing, with oversight of both the men’s and women’s rowing programs while he also is the head coach of the men’s team. Randall, who retired as a Commander in the Coast Guard, was in the stroke seat for the Coast Guard Varsity 8 which won the Dad Vail Regatta in 1981 and he was inducted into the Coast Guard Academy Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005. He was a member of the 1987 U.S. National team that competed in the Rowing World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark and was the Elite Quadruple Scull National Champion in 1986 and the Masters National Champion in the quadruple scull in 2003. Randall has been the varsity men’s coach at Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va. for the past six years. He has also worked the U.S. Junior National Team Junior B Development Camp for the past seven summers and worked with the Resilient Rowing Club (juniors) for the past two Falls allowing high school students to row during the fall season.
This won’t be Randall’s first time involved with the rowing program as he coached the Coast Guard Varsity lightweights from 1994-1996 and the freshman rowers from 1992-1994 while he was an assistant professor in Electrical Engineering. The Bears freshman lightweight eight took a silver medal at the 1994 National Championship Regatta.
2017 ONLINE GUIDE
JOHN-PAUL YALOV JUNIOR PIKESVILLE, MARYLAND John-Paul is a member of the Bears Varsity 8 this season. He is a Mechanical Engineering major. BEFORE CGA He was homeschooled and was a member of the Civil Air Patrol ... has a sister Sarah ... son of Ed and Martha Yalov. GETTING TO KNOW JOHN-PAUL His favorite food is a New York strip steak and his favorite snack food is belVita golden oat crackers. John-Paul’s favoirte TV show is Parks and Rec and his favorite movie is Big Hero 6. A New England Patriots fan, his favorite athlete is Rob Gronkowski. His favorite band is Imagine Dragons and if he could meet anyone living or deceased it would be Jesus.
MICHAEL BRACHMANN SOPHOMORE CRYSTAL LAKE, ILLINOIS Michael is a member of the Bears Varsity 8 this season. He is a Marine and Environmental Sciences major and a member of the Dean’s List. BEFORE CGA Was captain of the swim team at Prarie Ridge High ... also member of the baseball, golf and rowing teams ... has two older sisters Amy and Alli an an older brother David ... both of his grandfathers served in the Navy and his great grandfather was in the Coast Guard Auxiliary ... son of Jim and Valerie Brachmann. GETTING TO KNOW MICHAEL His favorite food is chicken parmesan and his favorite snack food is grapes. Michael’s favorite TV show is The Blacklist and his favorite movie is Lone Survivor. His favorite actor is Mark Walhberg and his favorite band is the Red Hot Chili Peppers. A Chicago Bears and Cubs fan, his favorite athletie is Anthony Rizzo. He lists Vince Lombardi as the greatest coach to ever live and if he could meet anyone living or deceased it would be Abe Lincoln.
Visit one of our three area branches, including one here at the Academy, to learn more about the benefits of membership that you deserve. JOIN TODAY! 15 Mohegan Avenue, New London, CT Naval Submarine Base New London Tautog Avenue, Bldg. 429, Groton, CT Nautilus Park, U.S. Navy housing area 24 Sailfish Drive, Groton, CT navyfederal.org Federally insured by NCUA. ÂŠ 2016 Navy Federal NFCU 10022 (8-16)
2017 ONLINE GUIDE
2017 SPRING SCHEDULE March 25th @ MIT
@ Tufts w/Hamilton
@ UMass-Lowell w/Colby, UMass
@ Johnson & Wales
@ UMass w/Boston College
@ New England Championships @ Worcester
@ ECAC Championship @ Worcester