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, Varsity Girls Coach

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.

Ronald Lim, Assistant Varsity Girls Coach

Ron Lim has been coaching for TJ Crew since our very first season in the spring of 1990. He has coached both men and women in freshman, lightweight and novice boats. He has had many successful crews, coaching boats to various medals at state-level competition; 1 silver medal, 3 bronze medals, and 6 finalists at Stotesbury; and 1 silver medal, 3 bronze medals and 4 finalists at SRAAs. In the off season, Ron has also coached masters club boats for PWRC and NVRC and junior club boats for Resilient Rowing. Ron began rowing at T.C. Williams High School, where he rowed for 3 years. As a senior, he won a bronze medal at Stotesbury and placed 5th at SRAAs in the Senior 4+. Since Ron can't seem to get enough of the boathouse, he also spends time there repairing shells for TJ and other teams. Ron retired in 2015 with 30 years of Virginia state service.

Leah Gillespie, Novice Boys Coach

Emma Puckett, Novice Boys Coach