Meet the Crew


Justin Knust

Coaching Director, High School Coach

Coach Knust has over 20 years experience with rowing. Coach Knust moved to the Orlando area after coaching the University of Florida rowing club. Here in Central Florida, his training plans have led his rowing crews to place in the top 20 best boats in the country on multiple occasions. Coach Knust has coached rowers to compete and medal at the World Indoor Rowing Championship (Crash-Bs). Coach Knust is a USRowing Level III certified coach and CPR and First Aid certified.

Matt Outlaw

Recruiting Coordinator, High School Coach

Coach Outlaw began rowing in high school and continued his athletic career as a rower at Jacksonville University. Coach Outlaw matriculated with his degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science at the University of Central Florida (Orlando). His education and knowledge as a competitive rower made him well-suited to join the Lake County Rowing staff as a youth coach and recruiting coordinator. Coach Outlaw is a USRowing Level III certified coach and is CPR and First Aid certified.

Keith Young
Adult Coach

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



Mike Furukawa


Heather Mears

Vice President


Laura Israel


JT Phelps



Board Member, President      

Erin Gerlach
Board Member


Founding Members



Debbie Kiely

Nancy Hoff

Paul McPherson

Alison Strange