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South Orlando Rowing Association

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.

Terry Davison

Head Coach

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.

Deidrah Kennedy

Assistant Coach

Coach Deidrah is a long-time rower and a USRowing Certified Coach and she brings her love of rowing and her high school (prep school), collegiate, masters and club experience to SORA.

About Coach Deidrah - She comes to us from Davenport, Iowa where she called Rivermont Collegiate Rowing Academy home as the head rowing coach and the Assistant Head of Residence Life on campus. With her position as Head Coach, Deidrah has built the program from the ground up.  In the program's first year rowers won Novice 1x at hooch, placed 1st and 10th in novice 2x and 2nd in novice 4x at Midwest Championship regional regatta. Deidrah also was the assistant head coach of Y Quad Cities Rowing which is one of the premier rowing clubs in the country. She will bring the skills that she has gained from all of the great coaches, rowers and her own personal training here to SORA.

Coach Deidrah comes to us with extensive experience in building programs at several prep-schools, clubs and colleges over the last 7 years. She earned her degree in Communications from the University of Dubuque where she pursed her other passion of golf and was a member of the Women’s Golf Team. Coach Deidrah rowed on the Quad City Rowing Association as a Junior where her love of Rowing began.

Joe Davison

Assistant Coach

Joe has been a middle school coach for 3 years with SORA and overall has 5 years coaching experience. He rowed 3 years in high school, placing 3rd in the state. Joe is also currently working as a paramedic while he pursues a career in nursing. 

Board of Directors:

President: David Keezel - dkeezel@gmail.com
Vice President: Susie Schmideler - susanschmideler@yahoo.com
Vice President: Mike Cogen cogen@mpinet.net
Treasurer - Nate Miller - treasurer@soracrew.com 
Secretary - Sarah Miller - smvmiller99@gmail.com


Program Coordinator: Kelly Hagen - kelly@soracrew.com

Administrative Support: Robert McClory - support@soracrew.com

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