COACH MJ BLUM
MJ Blum began rowing in 1982 at UCF under Coach Dennis Kamrad. She has been rowing competitively ever since in regattas such as the Royal Canadian Henley, USRowing Masters Nationals, Southeast Regionals, Head of the Charles, Head of the Hooch, Head of the South, First Coast Head Race, Head of the Indian Creek and numerous local races. She will be competing this year at FISA World Masters Regatta in Sarasota.
MJ graduated from UCF in 1984 with a BS in Business Administration and studied a year post-graduate in Exercise Physiology before becoming the Head women's coach at Edgewater High School in 1985 until 1990. The team grew from 2 8's of girls before she started to 5 8's in 2 years. Her girls won the Junior 4, Junior 8 and came in 4th in the Senior 8 at Scholastic Nationals and Edgewater won the State Championship 4 times during that time.
From 2000-2009 she taught Yoga, Pilates, and Spinning at the RDV Sportsplex and has held certified personal trainer certifications from AFAA and NASM. She started coaching rowing again in 2015 at Winter Park's Middle School Rowing Program.
ASSISTANT COACH KYLE FLYNN
Kyle Flynn has been a member of Braves Rowing for 12 years. Having joined the team when he was just seven years old, he went on to win 26 medals, a State Championship, and 5th place at Nationals over a seven-year rowing career. His favorite crew memory is winning Scholastic States in 2019 with his teammate, Alex Arias. Kyle is a stellar role model and a natural leader. Always positive and willing to help, he continues to set a high bar for fitness, as his favorite pastime (next to rowing) is working out. As Assistant Coach, Kyle has a real passion for helping novices learn the sport, hone their skills, and compete at high levels. He enjoys applying everything he has learned over the years to inspire all Boone rowers to reach their goals.