Orlando Rowing Association (ORA) is a 501c3 non-profit corporation registered in the State of Florida to provide financial and logistical support to the Edgewater Crew rowing team. ORA is made up of parents of current team members and is administered by a Board of Directors elected by the membership at the Annual Meeting near the end of the school year. ORA’s bylaws are posted here.
ORA Coaching Staff
Brad Arnold – Head Coach of Edgewater Crew and Edgewater Masters
Brad did not start rowing until his senior year at Lake Brantley High School but continued on to row 4 years at Marietta College in Ohio. He has been coaching high school rowers since 1996 and came to Edgewater Crew in 2010, promptly guiding the Boys Lightweight8 to the State Championship. He has coached 9 more state championship boats for the boys and girls in the years since. Brad is a retired firefighter with a wife and three daughters.
Andy Taylor ’16 – Assistant Coach for Edgewater Crew, Junior Eagles Coach.
Andy was a 4-year rower for Edgewater, winning the JV4 state championship his junior year and serving as team Captain his Senior Year. He returned to the boathouse last year to coach the Junior Eagles and soon started assisting Coach Arnold with the high school rowers. After directing the Summer Junior Eagles session he is ready for a successful year on the water.
Lisa Snyder – Edgewater Crew Assistant Coach
Lisa is a life-long athlete, but did not start rowing, sculling and coaching until later in life. As a master sculler, she has acquired multiple national championships and podium finishes in both the single and the double. International erging accomplishments include bronze and silver medals and eventually the Hammer at CRASH-B’s. Her most memorable sweep rowing event was her daughter coxing her eight at Head of the Charles.
As a coach, Lisa is very proud of her rowers who have attained multiple youth and scholastic state championships & medals; as well as a regional championship and several regional and national podium finishes. She is equally proud of those rowers and scullers who may not have obtained podium finishes but who exceeded all expectations of themselves and of her. She loves the Good Stuff of effort, commitment, and good sportsmanship. in sum, she is a big fan of The Process!
Michael Blosser – Edgewater Crew Strength and Conditioning Coach
Mike joins our staff this year to concentrate on land training for the rowers which allows the rest of the coaching staff to focus on water training. He is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer with a B.S. in Physical Education from UCF.
2021-22 ORA Board of Directors
While the Board hires personnel, draws up the budget and set policies, ORA Committees carry out the many tasks and support functions necessary to operate the team through the season. Click on a link below to email that Committee’s chairman.
Click on a link below to email the point of contact for these specific projects/activities.