Success is built on


Our coaches boast decades of experience and are open to the input of visiting coaches- mixing tried and true methods with up and coming new ideas.


Head Coach

Mobjack Rowing/Mathews High School Crew

Coach Ulsaker has remained steadfast as MRA and MHS Crew's only head coach for over 30 years. Crews rowing for Ulsaker have earned state, national, and international titles at the The Royal Candadian Henley Regatta, The Philadelphia Independence Day Regatta, Canadian Schoolboy Nationals, the Stotesbury Cup Regatta, and Scholastic Rowing Nationals. Ulsaker has also coached rowers who have gone on to compete for the United States National Team.


Ulsaker, who has also been recognized as a Corporation for Public Broadcasting "American Graduate Champion", has used his leadership and expertise to provide a path towards higher education for the youth of our community. Former rowers have earned scholarships at universities and colleges including, but not limited to, Alabama, Duke, Bucknell, University of Tulsa, Northeastern, University of West Virginia, Clemson, La Salle University, and Florida Institute of Technology.

Vernon Rowe

Assistant Coach

 Coach Rowe began his rowing career as a coxswain in one of Coach Ulsaker's very first eights. Rowe also competed with Mobjack Rowing earning a winning finish at the Royal Canadian Henley in the Lightweight Dash event. He has been an indispensable part of the team for more than 20 years. Mr. Rowe hails from a long line of watermen. His deep love for and experience with the water, his community, and rowing has helped create a partnership with Coach Ulsaker that has guided and given a firm foundation in the development of college and national rowing level athletes. 

Christina Pope Tomcany

Operations and Logistics, Social Media, Coach

Tomcany began her rowing career with Mathews High School Crew in the late 90's. After graduating from college, she coached various men's and women's heavyweight and lightweight crews with the Great Bridge High School Crew. Feeling the urge to move back to the country, Tomcany started coaching with MHS and Mobjack in 2008. 

At this time Tomcany has taken a step back from her coaching responsibilities each season and coaches when available. Her efforts are concentrated on working with the Mobjack Board, handling logistics and operations for the teams, and taking care of her young family of 3 future Mobjack rowers.She coaches when available, continues to be a member of Mobjack, and rows during the summer months.


Katelyn James

Assistant Coach- Novices and Learn to Row Camps

James began her rowing career with the Mathews High School Crew team in the 8th grade rowing in various sweep boats and sculling. She then went on to become a full time rower rowing for MHS and Mobjack Rowing. After graduating from high school, she went on to row for George Mason University before returning to Mathews to pursue other opportunities. Her background in sculling and sweeping helps her to find the right fit for our novice rowers.

Not only is James one of our younger coaches, she is also a certified EMT. Mobjack is fortunate to have a her as a part of their coaching staff. Not only does Coach James's expertise as a younger rowing coach help build a well rounded team, but her certifications ensure the safety of Mobjack rowers on and off of the water.

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