Coaching Staff

We're fortunate to have the most dedicated and experienced coaching staff in Northern Virginia. Learn more about each of our coaches below.

Matt Shoop, Head Coach and Women's Varsity

Matt Shoop has been coaching at TJ since 1997 and has been the Varsity Girls’ coach since 2000. He is a former Washington Post All-Met Coach of the Year. Shoop has sent dozens of athletes on to row at the collegiate level at more than 25 different schools at the Division I, II, and III levels. His boats have won multiple championships at the local, regional, and national levels. His coaching philosophy is to maximize each athlete’s potential, to honor the sport, and represent Jefferson with dignity and class.

Turner Arndt, Novice Boys

Coach Turner rowed for 4 years with TJ Crew (Class of 2014) and for 4 years at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL. With the 2020 season cut short, 2021 is his first full season of coaching experience. When he’s not coaching at Sandy Run, Coach Turner’s “real job” is as a Project Manager for a specialty Civil Engineering company located in Manassas, VA. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, camping, cooking, and sings in a local barbershop chorus.

Leah Gillespie, Men's Junior Varsity

Kristina Medlock, Men's Varsity


Emma Puckett, Women's Junior Varsity

Jonathan Richards, Novice Girls

Susan Weeks, Novice Boys