Laura has coached junior, collegiate and masters athletes since 2003, and has been with the Orlando Rowing Club since 2006. Although a competitively focused coach, she views real success as instilling a technical proficiency and love of the sport that rowers will carry with them for years to come. She coaches individual sculling, erg technique, learn to row programs and sweep programs, with a preference for eights.
Laura began rowing at Rollins College and rowed in the NCAA championships 2002 and 2003, and has competed as a master sculler and rower regionally and nationally. When she’s not on the water, she enjoys creating oil paintings of the sport.
Coaching highlights include a 5th place finish at US Rowing’s Scholastic Nationals for the Bishop Moore girls, and WIRA bronze and silver medals for the University of Oregon in the women’s 4+ and men’s 4+, respectively, with both fours achieving bronze in the Pac-10 Conference’s Pacific Coast Rowing Championships. As the head boys coach for OARS, she coached a large squad to numerous state and regional medals as well as 12th and 13th place finishes in the eights at US Rowing’s Youth Nationals championships. She led the Orlando Rowing Club in 2008 as they captured the All Points trophy at the Head of the Hooch for the first time in club history, and for two years afterward. Laura served as the Orlando Rowing Club’s head coach and administrator from 2008-2010, and brought together the Florida Masters community during that time as the FMRA in order to promote and grow the sport across the state.
Certifications include USRowing Level III coaching, Red Cross first aid and CPR.
Coach Vertullo has a long history with ORC as coach of the Summer Learn to Row program. He has coached at the high school and master’s level throughout his career. Currently he is the Head/Varsity Girls coach at nationally recognized Winter Park High School, as well as a Masters coach with ORC.
Coach Vertullo’s philosophy with teaching new oarsmen and women is to teach them proper technique from the beginning. Coach Vertullo understands that learning to row properly takes time and patience, as well that individuals’ learning curves are much different.
Coach Vertullo and his student/athlete volunteers from Winter Park High School can assure you an enjoyable program that will allow you the ability to continue this great sport in high school and/or at a local club.
Coach Denise has been rowing since 2003. Competing in singles, doubles and eights in numerous races and medaling in multiple events such as Fl Masters Regatta, Leader of the Lake, Florida Sunshine Games and more. Her love for rowing has inspired her to instill this passion in her students. She believes that it is all about successfully overcoming fear, fatigue and translating it into perfecting technique and setting goals. Its about enjoying the water, the workout or the inner peace it brings when you find yourself feeling one with your boat, oar and nature that surrounds you. Learning how to row requires patience and perseverance but the rewards are endless.
She is US Rowing Level II Certified, completed the Boating Safety Education Coarse approved by the State of Florida as well as the First Aid, CPR and AED Certified by the American Heart Association.