Head Coach Gary Summers

Head Coach Gary Summers

Gary Summers began his rowing career at Parkersburg High School in Parkersburg, WV, where he rowed during his three years in high school, rowing Varsity in his Junior and Senior years.  After college, Gary began rowing in the competitive Master’s program with the Greater Columbus Rowing Association, (GCRA), Columbus, OH, from 1985 through 1986.

GCRA offered both Master’s and Youth programs, and quickly outgrew its capacity.  As a result, Gary, and a few GCRA teammates, broke away and founded the Ohio Athletic Club, (OAC) in 1986, creating a master’s program.  Gary served as a member of the Club’s Board of Trustees, its Head Coach, and rowed competitively from 1986 – 1993.

In 1988, Gary had the opportunity to train at the Florida Rowing Center, in Wellington, FL, where he participated in their Master’s Sculling Program.

In the fall of 1992, Gary and another OAC member coached a small group of 5 youth athletes from OAC who attended Westerville North HS. In the fall of 1993, he founded the Westerville Rowing Club (WRC), where he served as Founder, Head Coach, Board member and an officer of the club from 1993 – 1997.  Within the first year of operation, the club was already winning medals and traveling throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Tennessee, and West Virginia, competing in a variety of High School Regattas.  In 1997, Gary and his family moved to Atlanta, GA.

After taking a couple of decades off, Gary realized how much he missed and appreciated the values of rowing, and, in 2023, he found his way to Stone Bridge Rowing Club (SBRC) where he assisted with the coaching of the Summer Learn-to-Row” program.  In the Fall of that same year, Gary coached the Experienced Youth Men in the combined Stillwater / P10 program.  After the Fall season, Gary was brought on as the Head Coach for SBRC.

Gary lives in Ashburn with his wife, Heather. Together, they have two adult daughters, Morgan, and Madison, both of whom attended Stone Bridge High School.  Gary is a CPA with 20 years in Finance, Private Industry, and 20 years with the Federal Government.  

Gary is passionate about the sport of rowing and the comradery, teamwork, and discipline it brings to its athletes.  He is committed to fostering youth rowing at SBRC, the growth and expansion of the club and to continue competing at the National level.


Upcoming events for the Stone Bridge Rowing team include:

August 2024

Thursday August 22

All Day
Stone Bridge Rowing Team - First Day of LCPS
43100 Hay Rd Ashburn, VA, United States

Friday August 30

All Day
Stone Bridge Rowing Team - NO SCHOOL

September 2024

Monday September 2

All Day
Stone Bridge Rowing Team - NO SCHOOL

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