Varsity Coed Crew
Lauren LehaneHead Coach of the Rowing Program
Lauren Lehane has been coaching the boys team at Germantown Academy since 2006.
In 2019, GA had two boats compete at SRAA Nationals.
In 2018, the GA crew had a school-record seven boats in the finals for the Philadelphia Scholastic Rowing Association Championships. They also had two boats finish in the top six at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta.
Lehane has also coached the Whitemarsh Boat Club (WBC) juniors since 2006. Her crews have won or earned medals at King’s Head, Head of the Schuylkill, the Cooper Cup, City Championships, Stotesbury, and Scholastic Nationals. Lauren also gives private lessons and teaches learn-to-row classes at Whitemarsh Boat Club.
Lehane began rowing as a freshman in high school at the Agnes Irwin School. While at AIS, Lauren won the Philadelphia City Championships twice, earned a bronze medal at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta, and won the Scholastic National Championships as a senior. She then went on to row for four years at Boston College, where she won the New England Championships twice, the Jesuit Invitational twice, earned silver medals at the Big East Championships and the Dad Vail Regatta, and won a gold medal at the Dad Vail Regatta as a junior.
Lauren continues to compete, representing Whitemarsh Boat Club, winning the King’s Head Regatta, Navy Day, Independence Day, Quaker City Masters and the Head of the Schuylkill.
Richard O'HernManager of Rowing Operations/Head Novice Coach
Coach O’Hern started in the spring of 2002. In his entire time since at GA, he has been the faculty liaison between the coaches, the school, the parents, and of course the kids who actually pull the oars. The spring of 2015 marked his first full season back in a coaching launch in 14 years, and Coach O’Hern very much enjoys working directly with the kids and his fellow coaches.
Eric BloodVarsity Girls Coach
Eric Blood '13 began rowing at Germantown Academy as a freshman. While at GA, he won City Championships three times, once in the novice 4+ and twice in the JV/V single, under Lauren Lehane’s coaching. He also won a medal at Stotesbury, in the single category.
Blood attended Brown University and began his college career by winning the Club 8+ during his freshman year and setting a new course record. In his junior year, Eric won the Club 8+ and in the spring season he placed 2nd at IRA National Regatta in both the Varsity 4+ and in the JV 8+.
Eric still rows, with his most recent regatta being in December 2017 at the International Rowing Regatta in Guangzhou, China, where he placed 5th in the 8+.
In the Fall of 2017, Eric started coaching for the Whitemarsh Boat Club as the Novice Coach for the racing program. As an Assistant Coach at GA, Eric assists athletes with their rowing technique and help ensure they have a successful season.
Elizabeth WescottAsst Coach
Elizabeth finished her first year of coaching at GA in 2019.
CREW BECAME A VARSITY SPORT IN 2008
In the early days of rowing (the late 18th Century) Thomas Eakins, a now world renowned artist, painted the Biglin Brothers in a pair on the Schuylkill River. Here is a reproduction of that painting that gives the ambiance of those first days of rowing when GA was one of the early participants.
GA has been part of the Schuykill Navy scene since those first rowing days in 1897. Doubtlessly the most outstanding oarsmen were Bob and Wally Pflaumer, who rowed in the early 1930’s and went on to win gold at the Olympics. Wally Pflaumer returned to GA to become a science teacher just after the school moved from Germantown to Fort Washington. This picture of the 1930 GA Crew reveals the popularity of the sport at the school. In 1930’s the school graduated about 20-25 boys a year and the Upper School (grades 7-12) population was just over 200. Beyond crew, the school fielded baseball, tennis, and track teams. The fifth and sixth persons from the left are the Pflaumer brothers who went on to row in the Olympics.