Meet The Crew
Director of Rowing
Coach Young joined the staff of LCRA in November 2019 as the Adult Program Director / Masters Head Coach and became the overall LCRA Director of Rowing in February 2023 which includes the Masters and Youth programs. Keith is the Head Coach for the Masters Program and the High School Program.
After taking on responsibility for the LCRA High School program while the spring season was already underway, LCRA had its first ever finals appearance in the Florida Scholastic (FSRA) State Sculling Championships. With less than 9 months of sculling experience one of LCRA’s youth made the finals of the Girls Junior Single (1x), then the finals of the USRowing Southeast Youth Championship, and her season culminated in making the 2023 US Rowing Youth National Champtionship. Under Assistant Coach Eddy Gomez, LCRA also had its first ever finals appearance in the Florida Scholastic (FSRA) State Sweep Championships when the Boy’s Freshman Four (4+) made the finals of the FSRA Sweep Championship.
In 2009, Coach Young became the Rowing Director at the University of Cincinnati taking over a program that was on university probation with less than six men and women. Within two years the team was over 60 strong, doubled its fleet size, tripled its coaching staff and developed a thriving Alumni foundation organization. On the water successes included victories in the Men’s College Eight at the Head of the Ohio and the Head of the Hooch, Gold Medal Women’s Varsity Pair at the Dad Vail Regatta and Silver Medal at the Dad Vail Regatta in the Men’s Varsity Four. In developing the team, he sent three athletes to USRowing Under 23 National Team Development Camps.
In 2008, Coach Young became Head Men’s Coach at Edgewater H.S. He recruited and developed a strong Freshman class that went on to Silver Medal in the Boy’s Scholastic Freshmen Eight (8+) at the FSRA State Sweep Championships. In 2004, Young joined the coaching staff at Winter Park H.S., first with the women’s program as the Girls Freshmen Coach and then as Assistant Coach with the Boy’s Team. He led an undefeated Girl’s Freshmen Eight that eventually produced three ladies who went on to fill three seats in the Silver Medal Girl’s Lightweight Eight at the Stotesbury Regatta. During the next season as a Boy’s Team Assistant, he oversaw a Boy’s Third Varsity (3V) Eight victorious at the FSRA Sweep Championship, Gold Medal Boy’s Freshman Eight at the Stotesbury Regatta and a Silver Medal in the Boy’s Freshman Eight at the Scholastic Rowing Association National Championship.
Coach Young started coaching in 1996 at his alma mater, William R. Boone H.S, overseeing the Men’s program resulting in numerous gold and silver placements at FRSA Championships and National Championships.
He rowed at the University of Central Florida (UCF) under the tutelage of the Florida coaching legend and mentor, Dennis Kamrad. He earned his Bachelors from UCF in Secondary Education and went on to teach in Orange County, FL for 8 years. Keith holds a USRowing Level 3 Coaching certification, which is the highest level coaching certification in the United States. He also holds a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certification.
Coach Young lives along the shores of Lake Minneola near the boathouse with his wife of 30 years. He has 4 children, 2 children-in-loves, and 5 grandchildren. Keith is a 7th generation Floridian and raised his family in Orlando. His two favorite things about rowing: It is a sport that you can do for life regardless of your intensity level, and there is always something to learn and develop, thus rowing does not get any easier, you just get faster.
His favorite thing about coaching is that there is no better feeling than serving others in such a way as to create a vision and lead them to achieving something that they never thought possible. “Our cultural goal, whether it be for middle school and high school rowers or adults, is to find that balance of racing and being very competitive at a national level while also being accessible to those who have never seen a boat before”. Young further summarizes, “It is simply expressed as participation with excellence!”.
You can reach Keith at (call or text) at 352.432.8027.
Adult Assistant Coach
After establishing his family in West Orange County, Aaron and his Wife Maren and then, two daughters (Hannah/Berkley) to Clermont in 2010 where he met what would be the founding members of Lake County Rowing Association.
Through much hard work and many “Learn-To-Row’s”, L.C.R.A started to take shape with an Adult Program, followed by the club’s first Youth Program. After the Clermont Boathouse was completed in 2014, LCRA really took off and Aaron has been an integral part of LCRA every since. In addition to being an LCRA Masters Rower/Coxswain, Aaron assistes with coaching duties, teaching learn to rows, regatta set-up / breakdown, boat trailering, club promotion, new rower recruiting, club marketing, and much more. Aaron has his US Rowing Level 1 Coaching Certificate, is CPR Certified, US Safe Sport Certified, and has his Boater Safety Certification.
Aaron and his Wife Maren, live in South Clermont with their four daughters (Hannah, Berkley, Lilah & Raleigh). The Hosman’s love the water and if they are not at the LCRA boathouse, they can be found somewhere on the Clermont Chain of Lakes or downtown near the water!
High School Youth Coach
Coach Eddy has been passionate about rowing since his high school days at Winter Park High School, one of the preeminent scholastic rowing teams in the United States. As a freshman, his Men’s Freshmen 8+ won BOTH, the Stotesbury Regatta (largest scholastic regatta in the world), and the Scholastic Rowing Association National Championship. He went on to become a Bronze Medalist at the Scholastic Rowing Association National Championship in the Men’s Lightweight 8+.
After graduating in 2006, he continued his rowing journey at Hofstra University, where he earned his degree in Television and excelled as a rower, including becoming Team Captain.
In 2017, he began his coaching career as an assistant coach for the freshman team at North Arlington High School. He then relocated to Manhattan and became an assistant coach for the women’s crew team in Queens at RowNewYork, a well-known organization that serves high school students across all 5 boroughs.
Coach Eddy returned to Winter Park H.S. Crew in 2021 to become the assistant coach of the middle school team He is excited about this new opportunity and looks forward to making a difference in the lives of the athletes he coaches at LCRA.
Middle School Head Coach
Coach Kim is a Floridian and loves playing sports. Her competitiveness began as far back as grade school running track and field, cross country and performing in the marching and concert bands. In college she studied Chinese martial arts and competed on the Equestrian Team. She started her equestrian college riding career in the walk/trot division and collected ribbons along the way to finishing just shy of the open division.
Coach Kim has a B.S. in Physical Education. She taught middle school physical education for several years and middle school girls basketball. Afterwards, she went back to school and earned a B.S. in Equine Studies with a Concentration in Equine Physical Therapy. In 2015, she moved from Winter Garden to Clermont and continued working as a large animal Veterinary Technician and Equine Physical Therapist.
In April 2021, Kim started rowing and that’s where her love for rowing began. She has progressed to the Advanced Competitive Team and now is one of the two Women’s Team Captains. In February 2023, she placed first in her age group at Southern Sprints and holds a USRowing Level 1 Certification. She looks forward to teaching middle-schoolers the art of rowing and in the process she hopes they develop a love for rowing, too. Coach Kim enjoys how rowing challenges you mentally as well as physically and the serenity of being on the water especially with her teammates. When Coach Kim is not on the water or at work, she’s spending time with her loving church family.
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Coach Chris began coaching in 2014 in Gainesville, FL, focusing on strength and conditioning training. A lifelong athlete, she has previously competed in lacrosse, equestrian sports, ultimate frisbee, triathlons, and mixed martial arts. After a foot injury limited her running career, Coach Chris focused her education on rehabilitation and teaching sports-specific functional training. She has a Master of Science from the University of Florida’s College of Health and Human Performance, where she studied anatomy and kinesiology and has since become a personal trainer with clients ranging from 4 – 85 years of age.
Before coming to LCRA and being introduced to rowing, Coach Chris was a mixed martial arts champion, specializing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai. A former Title Boxing coach, she is passionate about coaching women and youth self-defense classes and introducing strength training to adults to increase mobility and prevent injury.
Coach Chris is currently a rower for the LCRA Masters team, training at the Regional and National competition levels.
Board of Directors
Dana KellyVice President
Keri CaridiYouth Member Representative
Adult Member Representative
Dana Power, Youth Coordinator
Janet Conway, Accounting