Coaches

Rowing is our passion. Coaching is our purpose.

The founding of Maverick Rowing is inspired by the success of the Riverside High School crew team that achieved four gold, three silver and one bronze in multiple racing classes at Virginia State championships and advanced to SRAA National championships ranking top ten for Men’s Junior Eight over four years. Coaches Dan and Joe built on this success to bring year-round, targeted training to middle school, high school and collegiate competitive rowers.

Dan Passarella

Owner and Head Coach
Coach Dan started rowing in middle school in Belleville, New Jersey continuing all through high school. He rowed at Marietta College and even coached the Marietta College crew team. Afterwards, he coached in New Jersey for both Nutley and Belleville high school crew teams. After a career in the technology industry, he co-founded as Head Coach the Riverside High School crew team and Power 10 Rowing Club in Loudoun County, Virginia. Coach Dan is a US Rowing Level 3 High Performance Coach. He, his wife and son have been living in Loudoun County, Virginia for over twenty years. His son now rows at Marietta College.

“We are coaching at a distance out on the water. With the indoor rowing tank, we can focus on bladework and adjust in real time coaching new and experienced rowers.”

Joseph Carrier

Owner and Coach
Coach Joe received an undergraduate degree from University of Illinois and a graduate business degree from Georgetown University in corporate finance and strategy. After a career in structured finance and business intelligence, he joined Dan in 2020 to coach the Riverside High School crew team in Loudoun County, Virginia into a formidable state-wide competitive team. Coach Joe is a US Rowing Level 2 Experienced Coach. He, his wife and two sons have been living in Loudoun County, Virginia for over ten years.

“The indoor rowing tank provides an exceptional opportunity for rowers to develop technique much faster and more efficiently to deliver a real competitive edge.”

Trevor Barry

Coach
Coach Trevor was recruited to row as a heavyweight by the University of Delaware in 2004 following several years rowing with Rivanna Rowing Club. He served as head coach for W.T. Woodson and Stone Bridge high school crew teams, coached Thomas Jefferson high school crew team, and co-founded Still Water Rowing Club. As a US Rowing Level 2 Experienced Coach, he has led crew teams to five Virginia State Championships, four silver medals, four bronze, and several semi-final appearances at SRAA Nationals and the Stotesbury Cup Regatta. Trevor teaches Engineering at the Academies of Loudoun and lives in Winchester, VA.

“This sport doesn’t stray from the idea that if you do the work, you will go far and put yourself in a position to perform well. In order to beat the best, you have to train like the best.”

Erik Kittelson

Coach
Coach Erik received an undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in teaching from Old Dominion University. He coached the Stone Bridge High School crew team for over five years to medal in the Virginia State Championships and Stotesbury Cup Regatta. As a US Rowing Level 2 Experienced Coach, he enjoys coaching athletes in the sport of rowing, and has over fifteen years of experience coaching competitive Northern Virginia high school sports. Erik teaches Engineering at the Academies of Loudoun and lives in Ashburn, VA.

Veronica Rush

Summer Coach
Coach Veronica is a 2022 Riverside High School graduate. She rowed as a team Captain for two years on the Riverside Crew team. Currently, she majors in Animation at the University of Central Florida, and rows as a NCAA Division 1 athlete. As a freshman, she competed in the UCF Varsity First Four earning silver at the All-American Conference Championship. As a sophomore, she rowed in the UCF Varsity Second Eight earning bronze in the Big 12 Conference Championship. Now as a US Rowing Level 1 Coach, Veronica is excited to Coach the summer rowing program.

Megan Helge

Summer Coach
Coach Megan is a 2023 graduate of Stone Bridge High School as a highly competitive athlete on the crew team. She rowed earning three Virginia State Championship silver medals advancing to the SRAA National Championships twice. At Jacksonville University in Florida, she rows as a NCAA Division 1 athlete pursuing a double major in Geographic Information Systems and Oceanography. We welcome her as a US Rowing Level 1 Coach for the summer.