Meet the Crew

COACHES

 


Matt Outlaw

Recruiting Coordinator, High School Coach
RecruitingCoordinator@RowLCRA.org

Coach Matt has been coaching at LCRA since 2015 and was happy to accept the Head Coach role in Summer of 2021. He studied Exercise Science at UCF and has his US Rowing Level III, SafeSport, CPR, and First Aid certifications.

Before coming to LCRA, Coach Matt was a high school and collegiate athlete competing on a national level in both rowing and triathlon. Him and his wife added their daughter, Logan, to their family in August of 2020.



Keith Young
Adult Coach
AdultRowing@RowLCRA.org

Coach Young learned the sport in college at University of Central Florida under the tutelage of Dennis Kamrad, who founded the UCF rowing program, the Edgewater High School (FL) rowing program, and the Orlando Rowing Club. Since the mid 1990s, Keith has been involved in many aspects of coaching, including team/culture building, having developed male and female athletes into state, regional, and national champions at the high school, collegiate, and adult (Masters) level. He also holds a Level Three (High Performance) Certification from USRowing, the governing body of rowing in the United States. Keith is a 7th generation Floridian, who raised his family in Orlando. He has four children, three grandchildren, and has been married to the love of his life, Misty, for over 25 years. He now lives along the South Clermont Trail that runs along the shore of Lake Minneola, which puts him a stones throw from the Lake County Rowing Association boathouse. He also currently trains and competes as a Masters rower as well. Keith has two favorite things about rowing itself. First is that it is a sport that you can do for life, regardless of your intensity level of participation. Second, is that there is always something to learn and develop, thus rowing does not get any easier, you just get faster. His favorite thing about coaching is that there is no better feeling then serving others in such a way as to create a vision and lead them to achieving something that they never thought possible.



Michelle Heister

Middle School Coach
MichelleH@RowLCRA.org

Coach Michelle started competing with LCRA in 2014 and began coaching Middle School rowing in 2016. She has her US Rowing Level II, SafeSport, CPR, and First Aid certifications.

Before coming to LCRA, Coach Michelle was a competitive race walker and a volunteer assistant coach for a local youth track club. She also was an instructor for a program which teaches scuba to kids and adults with special needs.



Liz Hann

High School Novice Coach
CoachLiz@rowlcra.org

Coach Liz has been coaching at LCRA since 2019 as the High School Novice coach. She has her US Rowing Level 1, SafeSport, CPR, and First Aid certifications.

Coach Liz was a LCRA coxswain in high school and went on to cox at UCF, where she is currently working on a double major of Event Management and Hospitality Management. She enjoys hiking and spent last summer working at Yellowstone national park.



Olivia Gerlach

High School Varsity Women’s Coach
CoachOlivia@rowlcra.org

Coach Olivia is in her first season at LCRA as the High School Varsity Women’s Coach. She has her US Rowing Level 1, SafeSport, CPR, and First Aid certifications.

Coach Olivia was a LCRA rower in high school and went on to row at Jacksonville University where she competed at the NCAA National Championships. She double majored and graduated with degrees in Sustainability and Geography. She has worked at Yellowstone National Park the past two summers and enjoys hiking.



Regan Armstrong

Middle School Assistant Coach
CoachRegan@rowlcra.org

Coach Regan is in her first season at LCRA as the Middle School Assistant Coach. She has her US Rowing Level 1, SafeSport, CPR, and First Aid certifications.

Coach Regan has been rowing since high school, where she rowed for LCRA, and then went on to row at Stetson University. She was the first high school athlete from LCRA to get a college scholarship as a coxswain. She competed with both the men’s and women’s teams at Stetson, medaling with both crews at regattas such as FIRA, SIRA, and the MAAC conference championship. Coach Regan splits her time between coaching and completing her Master’s degree at USF.


 

OFFICERS


Mike Furukawa

President
President@RowLCRA.org


Heather Mears

Vice President
VP@RowLCRA.org

 

Laura Israel
Secretary
Secretary@RowLCRA.org

 

JT Phelps
Treasurer
Treasurer@RowLCRA.org


 

BOARD


Mike 
Furukawa
Board Member, President
President@RowLCRA.org      

Erin Gerlach
Board Member
YouthCoordinator@RowLCRA.org


 

Founding Members


Wendy 
Burkett


Karen 
Dorr


Debbie Kiely


Nancy Hoff

 
Paul McPherson


Alison Strange