After our athletes, the pride of SORA is our elite coaching staff. We boast the most acclaimed and highly-regarded coaching staff in central Florida. With wins too numerous to count and the esteem of their colleagues, SORA is honored to be the home to these coaches.
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 Terry's coaching 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, 2016 and 2018) 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.
Coach Doug is a senior at University of Central Florida studying Secondary Education. He rowed for 4 years in Virginia were he coxed at Scholastic Nationals and Stotesbury Cup multiple times, and would Cox the men’s first 8 for UCF for a year until eventually turning to coaching.
Coach Parker Hagan has been a middle school coach at SORA for three years, and has been a part of the larger team for nine years. After graduating last season and spending a semester on Temple University’s Crew team, Parker has now returned as a certified Middle and High School coach. Parker brings his experience from five years as a high school rower, a semester as a collegiate rower, and a decade-long love and obsession with the sport to SORA’s athletes.
Leala Van Malleghem
Coach Leala is a product of our middle and high school programs. While a rower with SORA she earned medals at the FSRA State Championships and served as captain her senior season. Leala is currently pursuing her coaching career full-time.
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