Coach Love started his rowing career at St. Joseph’s Prep (Class of ’88) in Philadelphia, PA. While at SJP, he competed in the Freshman Eight his first year and then the Varsity Eight for his Sophomore through Senior seasons. His first year of rowing was a very successful one which was capped off when he stroked the Freshman Eight to a victory in the grand final of the Stotesbury Cup Regatta. As a junior in 1987 he once again helped SJP win the Stotesbury Cup Regatta this time in the Varsity 8 event. As a senior in 1988, he helped the Prep win the Scholastic Rowing Association National Championship as well as compete at the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta on the Thames River in England. He spent much of his time at the river over the course of his High School years learning from some of the best coaches in the country while rowing for St. Joseph’s Prep as well as Pennsylvania Athletic Club (Penn AC).
Michael went on to row at Syracuse University under a full athletic scholarship. He competed as a member of the Varsity Eight his Sophomore through Senior seasons. His collegiate highlight came during his sophomore year in the Spring of 1990 when he rowed four seat in the varsity eight boat. His crew that year had an undefeated season and then went on to place third in the Grand Final at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships (IRA Regatta). The 3rd place finish in the IRAs earned his Syracuse varsity 8 an invitation to the National Collegiate Rowing Championship, which took place in Cincinnati between the 6 invited crews from across the country. His crew fell just short of a medal in this event finishing fourth behind Wisconsin, Harvard, and UCLA. During his years rowing for Syracuse, he also competed regularly in the Eastern Sprints as well as the San Diego Crew Classic. His senior year he once again had the opportunity to compete in the Henley Royal Regatta in England.
Mike is married with 3 children. He enjoys volunteering his time by staying actively involved in coaching his children’s sporting activities. He has coached youth baseball, basketball, football, soccer and crew. Michael really enjoys watching kids develop confidence in their athletic endeavors.
Mike is a US Rowing Level 2 Certified Coach
Pete learned to row as an undergraduate at Penn State University (Class of ’97, BS Aerospace Engineering), where he was a founding member of the Penn State Crew, started in 1994, and a port-side oarsman in the Men’s 8+ that won PSU’s first ever rowing medal, a bronze at the 1996 Merrill Lynch Invitational Big Ten Regatta in Indianapolis, IN. Early in his career, he moved into the stroke seat either due to an exceptional ability to set the pace, or, more likely, an innate inability to follow anyone else’s lead. As a program, Penn State Crew has significantly matured to produce U.S. National Team members such as Natalie Dell (Women’s 4X, Silver Medalist 2011 World Championships and Bronze Medalist 2012 Olympics) and Justin Keen (Men’s 4X, 2018 Senior Team). Pete began coaching in 2003 while in graduate school at the University of Southern California (Class of ’05, MBA), as an assistant coach for the Trojan Navy Men’s Crew.
In 2005, he and his wife, Kristin, relocated to Ashburn. They have five children, ranging in age from 3 to 13. When not coaching, supporting his son’s Boy Scout Troop as an assistant scoutmaster and merit badge counselor, and managing the general chaos of a large family, he is a business executive for a non-profit applied research and development organization that supports federal government science and technology development initiatives, and is a Navy Reserve Officer recently selected to the rank of Commander.
He is enthusiastic about enabling the sport of rowing to grow in Loudoun County and is encouraged and impressed by the Broad Run rowers’ energy and competitive spirit.
Pete is a US Rowing Level 2 Certified Coach.