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Coaches & Directors

We are here to support your student athlete needs. If your questions are related to workouts, regattas, events, goal setting, and other rowing related needs, please contact one of the coaches.

For all questions related to administrative issues, such as registration, finances, travel logistics, volunteering, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Brett Tillotson

Head Coach/Director of Coaching

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Brett is a native of Kansas City, he moved to Tallahassee in 1996 and took up rowing his senior year of High School. He graduated from Leon in 1997 and Florida State University in 2002 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities. In addition to coaching, Brett is a City of Tallahassee Firefighter/EMT. Brett currently holds a US Rowing Level III Coaching Certification.

Danny Shapiro

Head Coach Men's Varsity

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Danny Shapiro began rowing in 2003 at Long Skinny Boat Camp here in Tallahassee. As a rower for Leon High School (now Capital City Rowing) he won three Florida State Championships and a medal at Scholastic Nationals in the lightweight 4+. While rowing for Leon High School, Danny also served as team captain his senior year. Danny is a Tallahassee native and graduated from Florida State University in 2011 with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.S. in Family and Child Sciences. Danny started coaching with Capital City Rowing in 2008 and began serving as the men's varsity coach in 2011. Under his guidance, CCR has finished 5th nationally in the 4+ and 16th, 15th and 12th nationally in the 8+, as well as earned numerous state and regional medals. Danny has sent rowers to participate in the Junior National Team system every summer and had two rowers compete at the World Rowing Junior Championships, both making finals. Over the past two years, seven of his graduates have gone on to row competitively in college. Danny currently holds a Level II US Rowing coaching certification.

JonMichael Francis

Head Coach Women's Varsity

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JonMichael began rowing in 2008 for Tallahassee Area Crew, which quickly merged to become Capital City Rowing. As a rower, he got silver in the varsity 8+ his senior year at the State Championships, and went on to compete at nationals in the varsity 4+. After rowing throughout high school, JonMichael attended Marietta College where he won the Freshman Heavyweight 8+ at the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta. Now residing back in Tallahassee, he is finishing his degree at Tallahassee Community College, and started coaching at Capital City Rowing in the fall of 2014.

Board of Directors

Carrie Stolp

President

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Diana Oropallo

VP of Administration

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Jenn Portero

VP of Operations

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Jennifer Womble

Treasurer

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Kristen Coyne

Secretary

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Yvette Mignon

Board Member at Large

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KD Carson

Board Member

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Gayle Carlton

Board Member

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Michael Haire

Board Member

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Cindy Hoogerheyde

Apparel Chair

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Kathy Bartlett

Past President

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