GERRY QUINLAN - ERGKARMA CO-DIRECTOR, SAINT JOSEPH'S UNIVERSITY WOMEN'S ROWING HEAD COACH
Gerry Quinlan is now in his 17th season as Head Women’s Rowing Coach at Saint Joseph’s University and has developed the Hawks into one of the East Coast's most competitive programs. Including his tenure at Saint Joseph’s, Quinlan has amassed more than two decades of collegiate head coaching experience.
For the past two seasons, the Hawks have continued to post solid results including a third place team finish at the 2014 and 2015 Atlantic 10 Championships. Saint Joseph’s also medaled in three events at the 2012 Atlantic 10 Championships, and at the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, the defending champion Second Varsity 8 earned a bronze medal for its third consecutive medal in the prestigious event. At the 2012 Dad Vails, Coach Quinlan was presented with the Matthew Ledwith Coach’s Award, which is given to the outstanding coach from the previous year’s regatta.
Quinlan’s 2011 crew had one of the best seasons in school history, highlighted by two firsts for the program - a gold medal at the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta and the team title in the Atlantic 10 Championships. The Hawks’ Second Varsity 8 captured the program’s first Dad Vail gold medal and the Varsity 4 took home a silver, to help SJU finish second in the team standings. Saint Joseph’s won the Freshman 8 at the conference meet, and earned top-three finishes in three other events to give the Hawks the league’s team crown for the first time ever.
In 2010, the Hawks maintained their status as one of the top teams in the Atlantic 10 Conference, turned in medal-winning performances (one silver, two bronze) at the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, and ended the year with a trip to the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta for the second time in school history. SJU’s Varsity 8 also set a record in becoming the only team to advance to the Grand Final at the Dad Vail Regatta for six consecutive years.
The 2009 Hawks earned a number of firsts for the program. Saint Joseph's won its first-ever Atlantic 10 titles as the Varsity 8 and Quad boats earned the gold medals at the conference championships. Quinlan was recognized as the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year for the first time in his career while the Hawks matched their best-ever team result with a third-place finish. The Hawks earned a bronze medal, which gave them the most medals of any team in the past four years. SJU's Freshman 8 also advanced to the Grand Final for the seventh consecutive season.
In 2008 Quinlan's charges placed a then best-ever third as a team at the Atlantic 10 Championship. The Varsity 8 boat earned its first-ever medal at A-10s, placing second, while also taking first at the Jesuit Invitational and the Kelly Cup. The rest of the Hawks also dominated at the city-wide Kelly Cup races, taking first place in every contest.
Quinlan guided the Hawks to victory in the Varsity 8 at the 2006 Dad Vail Regatta while that crew earned the school's first-ever trip to the Henley Royal Regatta in England. The Hawks rowed to a silver-medal finish in the Dad Vail Varsity 8 in 2007 while the Freshman 8 took silver in 2008.
During his tenure the Hawks have won three gold medals, six silvers, and four bronze medals at the Dad Vail Regatta. SJU has finished second in the women's point trophy standings twice and combined with the Hawks' men's team to win the Dad Vail Overall Points Trophy in 2005, 2006 and 2010. Since his arrival at SJU in 1999, Quinlan has been one of the driving forces behind the growth of both the women's and men's rowing programs, nearly doubling participation during his tenure. Quinlan has been active in the development of the Robert M. Gillin, Jr. Boathouse, which opened in 2002, while maintaining alumni support and coordinating several local regattas, including the Jesuit Invitational Regatta and Navy Day Regatta.
Quinlan's résumé includes a six-year stint as the head coach of Northwestern University's men's and women's programs and a three-year stretch as the head women's coach at Notre Dame. His teams have won medals at the Dad Vail Regatta, the Champion International Collegiate Regatta and the Head of the Charles, and have competed in the Henley Royal Regatta and the Mexico City International Championships.
A 1991 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Quinlan spent his prep career rowing at Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill, Pa. He and his wife Linda, a former Hawks' assistant coach, reside in Philadelphia with their daughters Maeve and Tess.
BRIANNA LAMPMAN - ERGKARMA CO-DIRECTOR, SAINT JOSEPH'S UNIVERSITY WOMEN'S ROWING ASSISTANT COACH/RECRUITING COORDINATOR
Brianna Lampman is in her sixth season as Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator with Saint Joseph's University. She helped guide the Hawks to many successes including the Atlantic 10 Championships team title (2011), Dad Vail medals in both the Second Varsity 8 (2011, 2012) and the Varsity 4 (2011), and A-10 bronze medal in the Varsity 8 (2014). Lampman has also initiated the SJU Rowing social media platforms, increased alumni relations and is proud to have recruited over 30 Hawks to her Alma Mater.
She previously served as a graduate assistant coach at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, from 2008 to 2010. She helped lead the team to a 2010 Sunshine State Conference Championship Title and an appearance at the NCAA Division II Championship, where the Varsity 8 earned third place. Lampman earned a Master's Degree from Barry University in Movement Science, with a concentration in Sport and Exercise Psychology and later published her thesis on "The Prevalence of Eating Disorders among Division 1 Rowers".
Brianna spent two years on the coaching staff at Philadelphia University after earning her Bachelors of Science in Psychology at SJU, starting with its inaugural season in 2006. While at Philly U, the Women's Novice 8 claimed the Sarah Vaughn Trophy in its first-ever Dad Vail Regatta appearance (2007). The following year the Varsity 8 earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division II Championship, where they earned a fourth-place finish in the Grand Final.
Lampman is a US Rowing Level II certified coach and a native of Northfield, New Jersey, who previously rowed for Saint Joseph's University and Mainland Regional High School. She is a strong advocate of incorporating mental skills practice into training plans and encourages her rowers to look into their own minds for untapped potential. As a former lightweight competing on a heavyweight squad, she truly believes that it's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.
When Brianna is not on the river she enjoys attending barre classes, gardening, hiking, running around with her two rescue puppies and traveling with her husband.
Maria Mcdevitt - ergkarma COach, SAINT JOSEPH'S UNIVERSITY WOMEN'S Rowing ASSISTANt coach
Maria McDevitt began her rowing career as a freshman at Philadelphia University. She stroked the Novice 8 in the team's first year and won the prestigious Sara Vaughn Trophy at the 2007 Dad Vail Regatta. McDevitt, a former competitive volleyball player, earned a seat in their Varsity 8 the next 3 years and competed at the NCAA Championships in 2008, 2009 and 2010. She was also named most valuable rower in 2008 and 2010.
McDevitt began coaching immediately after earning her Bachelor's Degree in Fashion Design. She initiated the first ever rowing program for Owen J. Roberts High School and was the men and women's Head Coach for 4 of her 5 years there. Under her guidance the Wildcats took home numerous wins and produced many collegiate rowers. McDevitt joined the coaching staff at SJU in summer of 2015 and is loving the competition of Division I rowing.
Maria has been a member of the University Barge Club since 2010 where she continues to train as a competitive aspiring elite rower. She incorporates a variety of cross training into her own program, including yoga, crossfit and running. She is committed to finding balance within her life that allows her to train at a competitive level while working her 3 jobs, and encourages athletes of all levels to do the same. McDevitt is passionate about working with young rowers on achieving their personal goals as well as expanding their confidence.
Between coaching, training and a full-time job as a Design Assistant for League Collegiate Outfitters, Maria has also dedicated the last 5 years to her female clothing line - Coffee Stains Apparel. She is passionate about her brand and specializes in custom fit, "one of a kind" looks with unique, luxury fabrics. As a young female entrepreneur, Maria has a tremendous drive for life and a lot to offer young rowers looking to follow their dreams.
PAtti scinto - ERGKARMA COACH, SAINT JOSEPH'S UNIVERSITY WOMEN'S ROWING ASSISTANT COACH
Patti Scinto is a former Saint Joseph's standout rower and enters her third season with the Hawks after returning to the SJU coaching staff in 2013-14. Scinto previously worked as an assistant coach with the Hawks from 1999 to 2008, but took a brief hiatus to start her family. A four-year rower, Scinto served as the Hawks' team captain in 1997-98 and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Education. A year later she earned her Master's degree in Education from SJU.
Patti is a third grade teacher at Ithan Elementary School. She has almost 20 years of teaching experience and an unmatched ability to effectively listen to and communicate with athletes, both on and off the water. Patti has a keen technical eye and the patience to help rowers become more proficient in their strokes. She spends many hours outside of practice working one on one with individual video analysis, erg instruction and discussing opportunities for improvement. Her passion for educating both in the classroom and on the water helps challenge rowers in every aspect of their sport.
Scinto currently resides in Havertown, PA, with her husband, Sal, and their three children. When Patti is not teaching, coaching or spending time with her family, she can be found sewing, gardening and going out with friends.
Jessica Lawlor - ERGKARMA yoga instructor
Jessica Lawlor believes that yoga has the potential to change lives. Her own life was changed by yoga soon after she discovered the power of the practice in 2013, quickly becoming more aware, calm, balanced and confident both on and off the mat.
Jessica completed her 200-hour teacher training at Dana Hot Yoga under the guidance of Lisa Mitchell and Rachel Hoppenstein. Students in Jessica’s classes can expect a welcoming atmosphere and a balanced, upbeat and challenging vinyasa flow designed to stretch and strengthen the body and mind. She loves bringing inspirational themes and quotes to class to help her students reflect and set an intention to carry through practice and beyond.
With a public relations background, Jessica blends her passion for yoga and her communications expertise by working with yoga teachers, studios and other wellness-related businesses to develop their unique voices and brands online. To learn more about Jessica and to connect with her, visit JessicaLawlor.com/Yoga.
Kelsie Strunc- ERGKARMA YOGA INSTRUCTOR
Yoga helped Kelsie find healing - inside and out. It helped her become stronger, more flexible and fearless, both on and off the mat. After teaching an impromptu hot yoga class, she decided to pursue certification to delve deeper into the practice and share her love of yoga with others. Kelsie completed her 200-hour teacher training to 2013 with Dana Hot Yoga.
Outside the studio, Kelsie is a middle school teacher, a certified Reiki practitioner, a contributing author to Elephant Journal and a dance machine. She is passionate about encouraging the younger generations to try yoga with a special emphasis on teenagers. Her classes combine thoughtful, creative sequencing with the freedom to explore and a spirit of mindfulness.
Krista Taurino- ERGKARMA pilates/barre/YOGA INSTRUCTOR
Know that you are good enough all the time ~ Live in appreciation ~ Own your potential ~ Eliminate self-criticism ~ Trust your intuition ~ Be patient with yourself ~ Shift your self-perception.
Krista's passion and vision is to inspire her clients to achieve their mind/body/spirit goals.
She draws from her knowledge of body composition, alignment, and kinesiology so that any type of practitioner (beginner through advanced) can benefit from her classes and private training. Krista's teachings are multi-dimensional, including strength and flexibility training, centering, control, concentration, flow, breath and precision. Krista specialized and is passionate about working with practitioners with injury.
Krista emphasizes the absolute importance of positive self talk while creating a supportive, safe and encouraging environment.
Krista's certifications include:
- Barre, Pilates and Yoga Instructor
- Personal Trainer
- Sports Injury Specialist
- Fitness Nutrition Coach
- Sports Nutrition Consultant
- Weight Management Consultant
- Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist
- Power Plate Instructor
- Strength Conditioning and Weight Training Consultant
Krista holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration, but her formal training lies in the many years of listening to Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin over dinner with her Italian family.
Krista has been featured on CBS with Pat Ciarrocchi and Anne-Marie Green multiple times for both Yoga and Nutrition. She continues to immerse herself in the wellness field so that she can pass her knowledge along to her practitioners, for their continued success. Krista's encouraging teaching style, keen eye for movement, and attention to detail helps her clients feel and look their best.