My name is Matthew Galleher and I am one of the Broad Run Crew captains for the 2020 spring season. This is my senior year at Broad Run. Broad Run began their crew program my freshman year when I joined the team. This will be my fourth season rowing and I have had many rewarding experiences as a rower on this team.
Before rowing, I played soccer, baseball, and basketball but have fallen in love with crew. After high school, I plan to pursue a degree in Engineering and hope to continue rowing in college. I am excited to work with the team to teach, motivate and help to bring everyone closer together. I’m looking forward to another great season on the water!
Hi, I'm Adam Love, one of the captains of the Broad Run Crew team for the 2020 season. I have been part of the team since its inception my freshman year. I fell in love with the sport that first season and have been rowing ever since. During the summer after my sophomore year, I participated in a USRowing JR Development camp where I learned a lot more about this sport. The following summer after my junior year, I joined a local club team which afforded me the opportunity to get some good racing experiences at both Club Nationals in Cincinnati, OH and Canadian Henley in St. Catherine's, Ontario.
This next spring season will be my fourth year racing, and I look forward to being able to use what I've learned to help the BR Crew team continue to improve and grow!
Hi! My name is Raashi Chaudhari and I am a senior this year, and I will be one of the Broad Run Crew captains for the 2020 spring season. I have been on the team since it was first founded my freshman year, so this will be my fourth spring season!
Since joining this team I have gained some of my closest friends, and made some of my fondest high school memories at the river. I am very excited to meet everyone and broaden the rowing community at Broad Run!
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.
Sathy Gunawardhana rowed competitively in Sri Lanka at Royal College, an all-boys school, from 1988 to 93. During that time, he competed in the Hong Kong Amateur Rowing Championships in 1991 and obtained his high school colors by winning in the Senior Sculls category in 1992. He also rowed in the Sri Lanka Nationals, winning in the Intermediate Sculls category in 1992 and was runner up in the Senior Sculls category in 1993. He became a US Rowing Level 2 Certified Coach in 2019.
An avid athlete, Sathy has pursued scuba diving and long-distance running for many years. He has completed ten Marine Corps Marathons, and is a member of the Marine Corps Marathon Runners Club. Additionally, Sathy has run many other races and distances in the region, including half- marathons, marathons, ultra-marathons, and relays. He has captained four teams for the overnight races in the Ragnar Relay series, winning first place in their category in 2017 in Washington, DC. Sathy branched into long-distance walking in 2019, completing the Kennedy 50-Mile Walk with his girlfriend, Vicki.
Sathy received his President’s Scout award, equivalent to an Eagle Scout award, in 1992 from the Sri Lanka Scout Association. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1998 from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a Master of Business Administration in 2005 from Rochester Institute of Technology. He has been living in Loudoun County since 2006 and is the father of one daughter, who attends Farmwell Station Middle School and training to become an oarsman herself.
Sathy is a US Rowing Level 2 Certified Coach.
John Casamiquela is our newest Assistant Coach and is new to the Sport of Rowing. He became interested in the sport when his daughter Jordan joined the Bread Run Crew Team for the Spring Season 2019. Jordan rowed the Stroke Seat in the Girls 8 Novice boat. John has always been involved in his daughter’s activities whether it was tennis, horseback riding, singing, dancing or coaching their soccer teams. It was inevitable that rowing would be the next on the list. It took only a few practices for him to get involved with the team. He became certified as a launch boat driver, shuttling Coaches during practice and at the Regattas. Throughout the season John was helping the coaches and the team, learning the ins and outs of the sport. During the Summer 2019, John took the necessary courses to become a Certified Coach through US Rowing with the idea of coaching where the team needs him.
John is looking forward to a Great 2020 Crew season filled with Fun, Personal Growth for the rowers and a Mindset of Excellence. He often tells his girls, as he holds up a Can of Soda... "This is a CAN. Can you tell me what a Can’t looks like?"
John is a US Rowing Level 1 Certified Coach.