Our Coaches

Mary L. King, Head Coach

marykCoach King started the South County Crew team in 2006 after four years as the Head Coach for both Men and Women at Potomac High School in Prince William County. In her final year there both men and women medaled at the State Championship and moved on to the National Cham­pi­onship. Prior to Potomac she coached a winning novice girls boat at Wood­bridge Senior H.S. Her expe­ri­ence with both a large and small crew team helped develop the unique under­stand­ing necessary for shap­ing a suc­cess­ful row­ing pro­gram at South County.
Coach King is a very com­pet­i­tive rower her­self and has been for over 16 years. She is a mem­ber of the Prince William Row­ing Club, Occo­quan Boat Club, and Jack Sulger’s Row­ing Cir­cus, com­pet­ing for all three in sculling and sweep events. She has com­peted in numer­ous regat­tas here on the Occo­quan and through­out the coun­try at Mas­ters Nation­als, The Head of the Ohio, Dia­mond States, the pres­ti­gious Head of the Charles in Boston, and Fisa Mas­ter Worlds. Some of her rac­ing achieve­ments include Mas­ters Nation­als where she has medaled every year she par­tic­i­pated, but in 2009 she took the gold in the Ltwt 4+, a sil­ver and bronze in two 8+s, in 2010 a Gold in the 8+; gold in a 4+ in 2009 at Dia­mond States; at Head of the Ohio gold in 2010 in an 8+ and 4+, gold in the 8+ 2011; and 4th place in the 8+ at Head of the Charles in 2010, top % in 2011 guar­an­tee­ing an entry for the third time. She uses these rac­ing expe­ri­ences in her coach­ing as they allow her to share more of the feel­ings that the row­ers face them­selves dur­ing competition.
Coach King knows the sac­ri­fices and com­mit­ment required to excel at this sport because she does it her­self, but she also knows the impor­tance of pri­or­i­tiz­ing things and main­tain­ing bal­ance. Since she also works full time, coaches, has a fam­ily, is tak­ing classes, and con­tin­ues her own train­ing and row­ing reg­i­men, she under­stands the pres­sures and dif­fi­cul­ties fac­ing the rower/athlete and is able to help them.
Coach King is a Level III Cer­ti­fied row­ing coach, cer­ti­fied indoor row­ing instruc­tor and has her Vir­ginia Coach­ing Edu­ca­tion cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. She also has US Coast Guard Boat­ing Safety Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, is CPR and First Aid Cer­ti­fied, Epipen and Insulin trained, and has com­pleted the NFHS con­cus­sion in sports course. She stays abreast of the lat­est tech­nolo­gies and train­ing tech­niques related to row­ing by con­tin­u­ally attend­ing row­ing con­fer­ences, train­ing sem­i­nars, and coach­ing sum­mits. She is cur­rently the Pres­i­dent of the Coaches Group in VASRA.
Besides row­ing, she has also been involved with top level com­pet­i­tive sports for over 37 years as her hus­band and sons are Ten­nis Pro­fes­sion­als and her sons were nation­ally ranked stu­dent athletes. Because of this, nutri­tion is an impor­tant part of her phi­los­o­phy in coach­ing. Nutri­tion is a key com­po­nent for ath­letic suc­cess in elite ath­letes, so Coach King feels strongly that all ath­letes should be edu­cated on the impor­tance of proper nutri­tion for per­for­mance, elite or oth­er­wise. She tries to instill this in her row­ers so they under­stand how it will help not only with their ath­letic per­for­mance but with aca­d­e­mics and the hec­tic lifestyles they lead. She con­tin­ues to take classes to stay abreast of the trends and changes so she is able to pass this on to her athletes.
Raised in an Air Force family, Coach King grew up around the world and ended in Fair­fax County by mid­dle school. She grad­u­ated from Vir­ginia Com­mon­wealth Uni­ver­sity with a degree in Sociology/minor in Juve­nile Justice.
She works at Hal­ley Ele­men­tary School when she is not coach­ing or row­ing herself.

Mary Anne Leitch, Assistant Coach

CoachCoach Mary Anne’s inter­est in crew began in the 1990’s when her daugh­ters started row­ing. After five years of serv­ing on two booster boards and stand­ing on the shore­line watch­ing races at the high school and col­le­giate level, she decided to try this sport for her­self. She was a mem­ber of North­ern Vir­ginia Row­ing Club from 1999 – 2010and par­tic­i­pated in numer­ous regat­tas in both eights and fours, and has a few medals to show for her efforts. In2011 she switched to sculling and is a cur­rent mem­ber of the Occo­quan Boat Club.
Coach Mary Anne is a Level II Cer­ti­fied coach, com­pleted the NAS­BLA Safe Boat­ing course, the NFHS Con­cus­sion in Sports course and is CPR and First Aid certified.
She is a grad­u­ate of George Mason Uni­ver­sity with a degree in Health Care Admin­is­tra­tion and is retired from the Mar­ket­ing Divi­sion of Inova Health System.
She started coach­ing for South County in 2009 and has enjoyed teach­ing the sport to both girls and boys. As a coach and mother of high school row­ers, she firmly believes crew can teach invalu­able life-lessons includ­ing team­work, focus, ded­i­ca­tio­n and time man­age­ment skills.

Mary Pat Mabeus, Assistant Coach

Coach Mabeus started row­ing with the Prince William Row­ing Club (“PWRC”) in 2002 and with the Occo­quan Boat Club in 2006. She con­tin­ues to be a com­pet­i­tive mem­ber of PWRC, train­ing and trav­el­ing to regat­tas dur­ing sum­mer and fall.
Coach Mabeus has been an assis­tant coach at SOCO since 2012. She com­pleted US Row­ing Level IICoach­ing Edu­ca­tion and is a cer­ti­fied Indoor Row­ing Instructor.
In addi­tion to row­ing, Coach Mabeus is a com­pet­i­tive Triath­lete. The entire Mabeus Fam­ily has entered triathlon com­pe­ti­tions rang­ing from team entry to indi­vid­ual Ironman.
Coach Mabeus earned a Bach­e­lors degree in Nutri­tion from the Uni­ver­sity of Wis­con­sin Stevens Point and a Mas­ter’s of Sci­ence in Admin­is­tra­tion degree from Cen­tral Michi­gan Uni­ver­sity. She is cur­rently employed by Cen­tral Michi­gan Uni­ver­sity at the Army Edu­ca­tion Cen­ter on Fort Belvoir.

Maggie Lyons, Assistant Coach

Coach MaggieMag­gie Lyons started row­ing as a novice for Carnegie Lake Row­ing Asso­ci­a­tion (CLRA) in Prince­ton,NJ in 1999. She joined Mer­cer Junior Row­ing Club (MJRC) in the fall of 2001 dur­ing its inau­gural year. Mag­gie was the cap­tain of the MJRC pro­gram dur­ing her senior year of high school. Mag­gie was coached by Kate John­son, Simon Carcagno and Megan Dirkmaat-McCourt, all for­mer U.S. Row­ing National Team mem­bers and U.S. Olympians.
Mag­gie was recruited to the row­ing team at the Uni­ver­sity of Wis­con­sin– Madi­son, and con­tin­ued row­ing with the Bad­gers through the spring of 2006. Mag­gie assisted the Res­olute Rac­ing camp as a coun­selor and assis­tant coach dur­ing the sum­mers of 2004 and 2005 at Mer­cer Lake in West Wind­sor, NJ.
Mag­gie grad­u­ated from the Uni­ver­sity of Wis­con­sin– Madi­son in 2007 and grad­u­ated from Colum­bia Uni­ver­sity in 2009 with a mas­ters degree in Social Work. Maggie is cur­rently employed by Fair­fax County Pub­lic Schools as a school social worker.

Chris Miller, Assistant Coach

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Brenda Rand, Assistant Coach

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