Coach Antonio is in his third year coaching for Lake Brantley and his second as Head Coach! Coach Antonio is a graduate of Lake Brantley High School and was on the 2011 Men's Scholastic State Championship LBRA team. He is currently working towards a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at the University of Central Florida. Antonio started his coaching career in 2013, helping with the creation of Lyman’s middle school program, where he grew the team to over 40 members in less than two years. In 2019, he rejoined Lake Brantley Rowing, serving as Novice Men's and Women's Coach, and a year later became the Varsity Women's Coach and Head Coach. During his first year as Head Coach, he led the Women’s team to a 3rd place overall finish and a Scholastic Championship for the Women’s Junior 8 and Women’s Lightweight 4 in the State of Florida. He then took the Women’s Junior 4 to the Stotesbury Cup Regatta in Philadelphia, where they finished 6th in the nation. Coach Antonio is looking forward to the season, where he can build on the success of his returning rowers and introducing and training new rowers in a sport he loves.
Coach John joined Lake Brantley Rowing this season, taking over the Middle School program. John started his rowing career on Lyman’s Middle School program and fell in love with the sport. Currently, John is a senior at the University of Central Florida studying Clinical Psychology. During John’s five years of rowing, he earned over 50 medals and was a two-time team captain. As a coach at Lyman, John led his team to over 120 medals and learned the true values of what it means to be an oarsman. John is excited to see the sport of rowing grow and to be able to push athletes to become the best version of themselves.
Mitchell Ott joined Lake Brantley Rowing in the 2020 season as the Men’s Rowing coach. Coach Mitch is a recent graduate of Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA where he studied Business Management and Accounting. During his time with the Men’s Lightweight team at Mercyhurst, Mitch was a two-time captain and grand-finalist at the 2019 IRA National Championships. Mitch is committed to growing the Lake Brantley Rowing program and is excited to offer his experience and passion for the sport.
Michael Jakubowski joined as an assistant coach to the Middle School program for Lake Brantley Rowing in 2021. He has participated in many coxswain camps, including training under Mary Whipple, Olympic coxswain for Team USA. Coach Michael and his family have been a part of Lake Brantley Rowing for the past 15 years, dedicating themselves to the sport they love. Michael has won countless medals, competing across the State of Florida in many categories. He is very excited to begin the year with all the new, young faces of the program. He looks forward to imparting his knowledge and experience to the Middle School team. He hopes to teach them to not only become better rowers, but how to be strong-minded, determined, and successful after their time with Lake Brantley. "PULL BRANTLEY PULL!"