Coaching Staff

Matt Fanny, Head Coach

Matt Fanny was born in Concord, NH in 1973.  He graduated Concord High School in 1992, and attended Drake University the following autumn.  Matt discovered rowing in college and soon fell in love with the sport, rowing four years at Drake University as well as being team manager for three years.  After graduation, Matt volunteered as an Assistant Coach at Drake for a year before being named as a full-time Assistant Coach at Hobart College and William Smith College.  

Matt then started pursuing his degree in higher education at West Virginia University where he coached for both the men’s and the women's teams.  Following graduation, he taught high school science and left the sport for a few years.  Missing the sport, he returned to coaching at the high school level and has spent the last nine years teaching and coaching in Northern Virginia.  He is experienced in coaching both the men’s and women’s novice and varsity programs at the high school level.  His proudest accomplishments have been seeing athletes he has coached go on to be successful young adults, both in college and beyond.

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phone:  (603) 491-1347


John Laundon, Coach

John Laundon joins us from Essex, CT. John and his wife recently relocated to Newnan earlier this year to be closer to their family. Coach John has an extensive rowing career and background as both a competitive rower and successful coach. He continues to compete at the Master’s level and he has already worked out on Lake Mac in his single!

Some highlights of John’s success include five time Winner of Head of the Charles Regatta. Coach John has medaled a total of 25 times at the Charles race. Other gold medals include Head of the Schuylkill, Head of the Housatonic in a 1x, 2x and 4x, and Winner of the Green Mountain Head Race. In addition, he is a 20 time Masters National Champion in single, double, and quad categories. Also, a five time Winner of  the World Master’s Championships in a 1x. 

John was most recently the Head Coach of the Old Lyme High School Girls program as well as Valley Regional HS Girls and Boys in CT. He has also coached at the world renowned Craftsbury Rowing Center in Vermont. He has also served on the Board at Pettipaug Rowing Club in Essex, CT. John holds a degree from Columbia University.


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