Hi! My name is Ian Friedenberg and I am one of your co-captains for 2019 season. I am a senior this year and it will be my third season rowing. I am so excited to have a great season and teach people how amazing this sport is. Along with crew I was on the competition cheer team during the fall, I am in PEER, and I was in DECA. If you have any questions about anything even if it’s not about crew don’t be afraid to ask. I am so excited to see all the new faces this year!
Hi! My name is Emily Buck and I am one of the co-captains for the 2019 season. I am a senior and this will be my third spring season. I played travel soccer for over ten years before making the decision to row instead, and I’ve never been happier! Currently, I am involved with fall club crew, the Science and English National Honors Societies and the BR Interact volunteering club. I am so happy to be a part of this program and can’t wait to meet all of the new rowers this coming season!
Mike Love, Head Coach
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
Tom Cooney, Assistant Coach
Tom is a native Washingtonian, raised in Arlington, Virginia earning Eagle Scout and becoming an oarsman for Washington-Lee High School and the Potomac Boat Club. He is active in scouting serving on committees, and mentoring scouts with merit badges and Eagle projects. Tom is also active in advising and building projects at the Friends of Homeless Animals of Aldie, Virginia. Tom has coached Broad Run High School since 2017, the year of the founding of the program.
Upon being introduced to the rowing program he was impressed with the coaching staff, parental support, the energy of the rowers and the exuberance of the novice rowers. In 2017 all the rowers were technically novice! The 2018 season was successful beyond most expectations winning a Virginia Scholastic Championship at Occoquan, Virginia and competing at the Stotesbury Regatta in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the National Scholastic Championships on the Cooper River in Pennsauken, New Jersey. The entire team proudly watched Broad Run High School hoist a State Championship flag, unheard of for a 2nd year program.
Tom lettered in several sports at W-L and GMU; however, his true love was Crew. In the summers in High School and University he rowed at the Potomac Boat Club. He met with Hap Spuhler the legendary Athletic Director at GMU and tried to begin a Crew team with other rowers from W-L, TC Williams and Fort Hunt, but was kindly told that Crew was not in the immediate plans for GMU and they were concerned we would win right away and force the school to commit. He was just a few decades too soon. Disappointed he tried out and made the GMU Basketball team, Baseball team and Rugby Club.
He earned a BS in Business Management and Public Administration at GMU and upon graduation traveled to the Middle East on an IT Contract working out of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Returning to the USA he founded two businesses: an IT Systems Integrator named DATASYST (www.datasystconsulting.com) and All Star Contractors Alliance, Inc., an award winning Virginia Class A Commercial and Residential Building Contractor (www.AllStarContractorsAlliance.com).
If you want to build a new home or remodeled, decks, kitchen or bathroom contact Tom at 703-624-8237 or CEO@AllStarContractorsAlliance.com for an estimate. Let the staff know you are affiliated with Broad Run Crew and a donation to the program in your name will be made upon contracting with All Star.
Tom is a US Rowing Level 2 Certified Coach
Pete Hanson, Assistant 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.