We are proud to have one of the strongest and well-rounded coaching staffs in the area with support for programs ranging from middle school to masters (adult) rowing. We also have one of the most well respected adaptive (disabled) rowing programs in the state. Each of our coaches keeps safety as their #1 priority as they work to make SORA a great experience for all our rowers. This page is a work-in-progress and will be updated frequently.
SORA is very excited to welcome Coach Terry to the staff! Although his coaching background started with soccer, Coach Terry has been an extremely successful rowing coach since emigrating from Ireland to the United States.. He has a passion for teaching young people to become "elite individuals" in all facets of life and finds that sport is a great way to do that.
Coach Terrys rowing accomplishments include: 7 Erg Sprints championships, 3rd place at Crash B's, 6 Florida state championships, 3 SE Regional Championships, and 3 top-6 finishes (grand final) at USRowing Youth Nationals. His rowers have been invited to USRowing selection camp (2013, 2014 and 2016) with 2 making the Jr National Team. Additionally, many rowers have gone on to college rowing careers on rowing scholarships.
For the Davisons, rowing is a family affair. The reason Terry got involved with rowing in the first place was that his two sons, Joe and Ben, started rowing in high school. Under Terry's tutelage both became passionate life-long rowers! Ben is currently rowing in college at Washington University (in addition to rowing on the USA National team and Under 23 team) and SORA is excited to welcome Joe to our coaching staff as a Middle School coach.
Before moving to the United States in 2006, Coach Terry served 7 years in the British Merchant Navy and 25 years with the British Police. With the British police, he served in various departments including criminal investigation department (CID) where he was promoted to rank of Inspector, special operations, rapid entry, Large Scale disturbances, and Counter Terrorist Search Advisory (training with the British Army). His most satisfying moments with the British Police were while serving in Criminal Investigation.
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Coach Freddie is leads all our programs in strength & conditioning land workouts. His programs include lifting in our on-site weight room (or as the rowers call it, "Freddie-Land") and acting as an on-demand assistant coach for all programs. Freddie is also a NPTI Master Certified Personal Trainer which makes him qualified to to perform CPR, First Aid, AED, health screening, and fitness evaluation.
Assistant Coach (HS & MS)
Katie is a current student at UCF and a SORA alumni rower. As a rower she was part of many medal winning boats and a team captain. She began coaching fall 2016 as a SORA Middle School coach & in spring as both boy's and girl's high school assistant. This season Katie will continue her role with our middle school program as well as being the primary assistant to both coach Terry and coach Andrew.
SORA is excited to welcome Lauren Day to our Middle School coaching staff! Lauren's focus will be to bring sculling to our MS program.
Lauren is a recent graduate of University of Florida (GO GATORS!) with a Masters in Architecture. She began rowing in 2005 for Lyman HS and coached for Lyman in 2010-2011 season. Her women's freshmen 4+ earned 2nd at states.
At the University of Florida, Lauren earned numerous championships including Women's Freshmen/Novice 8, Women's 2-, and Women's 1x. Lauren finished her collegiate rowing career with a 2nd place finish at the Dad Vail Regatta in the women's champ 1x.
Coach Lauren loves teaching young rowers how to live a healthy and successful lifestyle through rowing. A self-proclaimed "rowing history nerd", you can find Lauren's graduate thesis online:
SORA welcomes coach Joe Davison to our Middle school coaching staff! Lots of great information on COACH JOE is coming soon!!!