Coaches

Frank Biller, M.Sc., MBA | Head Coach & Director of Rowing

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Frank Biller with faithful companion Pinky

Frank has been at the helm of Virginia Rowing since Fall 2009. Under his guidance the Wahoo crews have won multiple ACRA National Championships, Dad Vail Golds as well as five Head of the Charles titles. Internationally, Frank has taken UVA crews to Henley Royal in 2011, 2013, 2015. Several UVA rowers have represented the US internationally, including at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Frank has almost 30 years of experience at every level of the sport, coaching and mentoring athletes from the junior to elite levels, both in Europe and in the United States. These athletes have won medals at the world championships, as well as at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Growing up in Switzerland and traveling the rowing world, Frank has studied the different systems, styles, and cultures of today’s most successful rowing powers.

Frank also has enjoyed successful careers in banking/finance and the military. In 2004 he earned an MBA and MS from Drexel University’s LeBow Business School. Frank is also adjunct faculty at the Federal Executive Institute (FEI) in Charlottesville where he lectures in cultural development and mindfulness.

He lives in Charlottesville with his wife and son.

Erich Shuler, M.Ed., CSCS, CAFS, TPI-1 | Novice Coach & Recruiting Coordinator

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Erich returns for an eighth season. His primary responsibilities are to coach the novice squad and to recruit high school and on-Grounds athletes.

Over the past seven years, Erich’s 1st Novice 8s and 4s have won gold, silver, and bronze medals at the American Collegiate Rowing Association Championships, the Dad Vail Regatta, the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships, the Murphy Cup, the Knecht Cup, the Lubbers Cup, and the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Crew Championships.

In 2012, Erich was the named the American Collegiate Rowing Association Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year.

In 1996 Erich coached Virginia’s novice men’s crew, who won a silver medal at the Champion International Collegiate Regatta. In 1997 his novice crew won the gold medal at the same regatta. That spring, Erich graduated from Virginia with a master’s degree in exercise physiology.

Before coaching the novice men, Erich was an assistant coach for five years for the women’s rowing team here at Virginia. He also was the novice women’s coach for a year. In the summer of 1995, Erich was an assistant coach for the United States pre-elite women’s rowing team, who won numerous U.S. national championships. Five of those women went on to row in the 2000 Summer Olympic Games, in Sydney, Australia.

After leaving Charlottesville in 1998, Erich was the varsity men’s coach at the George Washington University. The following year, he became the head coach at the University of North Carolina. After returning to Charlottesville in 2000, he worked for several years as a personal trainer and became certified as a strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Erich is married with three children. He and his family live in Charlottesville.

Sarah Healy | Assistant Coach

Version 2Sarah is returning for her second “full-time” year with Virginia Rowing. She transplanted herself to Charlottesville early in high school. Sarah co-found a rowing team here in the mountains after getting her start in the sport in Mathews County, VA with the Mobjack Rowing Association in 8th grade.

Starting out tiny she found herself plopped into the coxswain seat of a boat with the only 4 upperclassmen girls on the team. They went on to win states and nationals. Over ten years, she grew up and not out so she stuck predominately to coxing, but has rowed (and raced) in almost every type of shell.

At University of Mary Washington she coxed the men’s varsity eight for three years. Every summer since high school, Sarah has helped out at our summer camps and the local community rowing program. After graduating in 2015 she joined the VRA staff permanently.

Since the 50th anniversary of Virginia Rowing, Sarah has worked tirelessly to preserve VRA memories. Please reach out to her if you have anything to share from your experience with the team—photos, stories (both written and verbal anecdotes), programs, rowing memorabilia, and anything you may think of as “old rowing junk” is most appreciated as she works to piece together the most comprehensive history of the program as possible. All original items CAN be scanned and then returned if you don’t want to part with them quite yet. You can find her contact information here