Mary L. King, Head Coach
Coach 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
Coach 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
Maggie 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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