Coach Jessica Ostasewski started rowing in 2004 at West Point where she earned a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering. Coach Jess has rowed and continues to row with both sweep and scull shells in every position. She moved to Maryland in 2010 and became the head coach for the University of Maryland Women’s Crew Team in 2013. Recently, the University of Maryland honored her by naming their brand new quad after her. Coach Jess has also been the Learn to Row and Novice coach at the Annapolis Rowing Club. She received her M.S. in Applied Physics from Johns Hopkins University and works as a consultant in the D.C. metro area. Coach Jess resides in Odenton with her daughter, Cailyn.
Coach Todd Nix has been head coach of AJR since 2003. He is active duty Navy, stationed at the Naval Academy. In addition to coaching AJR, Coach Nix serves as an assistant lightweight coach for the Naval Academy. He is a program member of the Potomac Boat Club with whom he competes nationally and internationally in both sweep and sculling events. Nix has won Gold medals at nearly every masters regatta across the nation including Masters Nationals and the Canadian Henley. He resides in Annapolis with his wife, Maegen, also a rower, and his sons, Toby, Alden, and Graeme.
Coach Patrick Murphy began his rowing career as a master’s rower at Carnegie Lake Rowing Association (CLRA) in Princeton, NJ in 2002. While at CLRA, he progressed from a novice to a competitive rower, and he became active in new rower and coxswain training. Pat relocated to the Annapolis area in 2006 where he resumed rowing with Annapolis Rowing Club (ARC), the local master’s club. In 2008, Pat became head novice coach at ARC and later served as vice president for the club, in charge of organizing training programs for sculling, sweep rowing and coxing. Pat is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was captain of the rugby team. Pat is married to MelanieMurphy (also a rower) and all three of their children (Hannah, Griffin and Tyler) rowed at AJR. Pat is a printing executive, and he and Melanie are the owners of The Annapolis Pottery.
The coaches are supported by a number of other highly qualified assistant coaches who have experience as rowers, coxswains, and coaches at scholastic, collegiate and master levels.