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Meet The Coaches!

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Mikaela Woods

Head Coach and Women's Varsity Coach

Coach Mikaela is a DC native. She began rowing at Jackson-Reed High School’s Varsity team

(2014-2018), making it to Nationals once and a part of an eight that medaled in the DC-area

championships (WMIRA). During her college career, she joined the Ohio University Crew Club for

two years (2018-2020), doubling as a coach and rower and graduating in 2022. Coach Mikaela is a

teacher at Franklin Montessori School in VanNess, DC, and stays active through weight training,

yoga, and Pilates.


Ethan Winkler

Varsity Men's Coach

Coach Ethan made an immediate impact on Fairfax Crew in his first year of coaching in 2023. He brought his personal experience as a successful Fairfax rower, including All-Met honorable mention recognition in 2022. In addition to coaching for Fairfax, Coach Ethan is known as a motivational and popular coach at Row House in Fairfax. Coach Ethan still holds the all time record best 2K time for Fairfax Crew. He attends college in Northern VA. 

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Elissa Robinson

Assistant Coach

This is Coach Elissa’s first year coaching crew. She is an indoor rowing enthusiast and has done more than her fair share of erging, including two half marathons while working in her current role at Row House in Fairfax. Elissa is an ESOL teacher at Fairfax High School, so she is excited to meet students outside the ESOL bubble. In her free time, Elissa enjoys crafting, playing with her dogs, and tap dancing.


Cora Klimek

Novice Coach

Coach Cora brings years of successful rowing to her role coaching the Novice with Fairfax. She rowed for West Springfield for 3 years and Resilient for 3 seasons culminating in successful competition at the US Rowing Summer National Championships.  She brings insight and expertise in both sculling and sweep rowing. Coach Cora has traveled the world, taught English overseas, and is currently attending college in Northern VA. 

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Fairfax High School, 3501 Lion Run, Fairfax, Virginia 22030

(703) 219-2200

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