Terry has her Masters degree in Counselor Education and her undergraduate degree in Psychology. She comes to PCR with a long history of working in education and recreation within the city of Philadelphia. She has worked at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and the University of the Sciences. In addition, she served as the Executive Director at the North Penn YMCA and most recently, the Senior Director of Student Activities and Summer Camp at Valley Forge Military Academy.
Terry has always been actively involved in athletics. In high school, she was All Catholic in Field Hockey at Bishop Conwell and threw shot put and disc on the track team. In college, she was a goalie at Bloomsburg University where she was a member of the National Championship Division II Field Hockey Team as well as a captain and starting goalie for the Women’s Lacrosse Team.
Tom developed his love of rowing as a junior in high school while rowing at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia for Charley Butt, the most successful high school rowing coach on the planet. Two years at W-L led to four years of Lightweight Rowing at Rutgers. Following college, Tom began sculling and competed and rowed in a single.
In 2008, after raising two daughters and developing a successful career as an attorney, Tom came back to rowing as a coach with first stints at Bishop Ireton in Alexandria, Virginia and Rock Creek Rowing Masters in DC. After a move back to New Jersey in 2010, Tom began coaching at Bishop Eustace Prep as frosh girls coach and was elevated to Program Director and Head Coach after his first season. During his tenure at Eustace, crews regularly brought home medals from the Garden State (NJ) Championships, the Philadelphia City Championships, and the SRAA High School (National) Championships. In 2011, among their accomplishments, Eustace Crews won Gold in the Boys and Girls Lightweight 8’s at States, medaled at Philly Championships, and won Gold at SRAA Nationals in the Girl’s Lightweight 8 and Silver in the Boys Lightweight 8. He is a US Rowing Level ll Certified Coach and has tapped some of the best among active and retired coaches for their input so that he can do the best job possible for the students who come to him to learn the sport.
Coach Mondesire, a graduate of Columbia University and Episcopal Academy, has coached with New York Rowing Association as well as Philadelphia Breaking Barriers Program. Zach has experience implementing training programs for high school student-athletes. He is currently pursuing his doctorate degree at the University of Pennsylvania.
Ryan volunteered with the Learn to Row Program in the summer of 2011 and has been an assistant coach for PCR since the fall of that year. He currently coaches the novice boys squad. He is currently a student at Temple University where he is majoring in Kinesiology. Ryan also works with the Pennsylvania Adaptive Sports Program.
Linda began rowing in her junior year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned a seat in the varsity 8+ the following year. Her first coaching experience was while a medical student at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine and from that time on she was hooked. After completing her medical training she was fortunate enough to be able to arrange her professional life to accommodate her real love. Although she has coached all ages and skill levels, for more than a decade with the St. Louis Rowing Club and more recently for the Shipley School, she enjoys coaching juniors the most. Her greatest reward in coaching high school athletes is the opportunity to see the personal development that occurs as a result of participating in rowing – the mental toughness, responsibility, perseverance, positive mental attitude, ability to work as part of a team, respect for others and self-confidence that these kids develop. Her goal is to help each athlete reach his or her full potential. The entire family rows and one of Linda’s favorite activities is going out in the family 4X.
Eziaku Nwokocha is a first year PhD student in Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her masters at Harvard Divinity School. Prior to that she rowed four years on the Varsity Women's team at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). During that time she received the honorable Legacy Rower Award.
She has a keen desire and ability to inspire and encourage young rowers to seize every opportunity on and off the water. Eziaku sees herself as a leader and athlete who has overcome life obstacles through rowing. She is excited to be working with the young women in the Philadelphia High Schools.
Elle went to the College of the Holy Cross as one of the top recruits for the Women’s Distance Running Program; however, due to on-going injuries she stopped competing during her freshman year. Having been a competitive racer since 5th grade, she quickly learned that she needed that spark back in her life. During the winter of her sophomore year, some fellow classmates encouraged Elle to try coxing for the men’s crew team since she was smart, light, and ruthlessly competitive. Elle coxed both the lightweight and heavyweight men’s varsity 8s, which were both ranked in the top 20 nationally. While on the team, Elle was inspired by her coach, Tom Sullivan, who truly embodied the values-based learning that Holy Cross offered through teaching the values of teamwork, the importance of a solid education, to always give back to the community and, most importantly, to “go see Jesus” during the final 250m.
Upon graduation, Elle coxed for the Vesper Elite Program for 2 years before deciding to focus on her career and to be more involved in the Philadelphia Community. When Libby came to Elle about the idea of starting PCR in the Spring 2010, Elle was excited about creating a mentoring program, and offered to help build the program in conjunction with PCR. Elle believes that any teenager can truly benefit from an older friend or mentor. Elle credits her high school coach and mentor, Darrin Krug, along with her college coaches Tom Sullivan and David “Floyd” Ploss, with helping Elle discover herself but also, to being great friends, supporters and advisers throughout her life.
Elle believes the sport of rowing not only creates mental and physical toughness, but it also helps you learn respect for yourself and others, how to balance priorities, and to learn new values and create strong friendships.