Meet the Coaches
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Mike Miles - DBC Founder
Mike Miles served as head coach of the University of Dayton Crew since its inception in 1991, and continued in that same capacity as it moved to the varsity level in 1996. He retired from the UD in 2003, after leading the NCAA Division 1 crew to be one of the top non-scholarship programs in the country.
Miles was named Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year in 2002 after guiding the Flyers varsity eight to a 2nd place finish at the A-10 Championships, finishing seconds behind the nationally-ranked UMass Minutemen, and ahead of the ranked GWU Varsity 8. In the effort to develop rowing as a varsity sport at UD, Mike contacted the Atlantic 10 Rowing Coaches in 1996 to initiate the A-10 Rowing Championships.
A two-time letterman as a rower at Cornell University, Mike is an engineer and executive with Booz Allen Hamilton. He has coached two world champions, members of the US National Team (Bernadette Marten and Molly Bruggeman). He has coached at the USRowing Junior National Team Development Camp, and has coached approximately ten DBC crews that have medaled and/or finished in the Grand Finals at US National competitions.
Spencer Mullins - Head Novice Coach
Spencer began rowing in 2012 as an 8th grader at GDRA. He sculled through high school at GDRA while attending Chaminade Julienne and qualified for youth nationals 3 times in the lightweight double, winning the event at Midwest in 2016 and helping GDRA secure the boy’s sculling team points trophy that year. Spencer continued his rowing career at Purdue University for their club team for 2 years before retiring from competitive rowing to focus on his studies. Spencer joined DBC as a coach in the late winter of 2023.
Spencer resides in Dayton and works as a test technician for Leonardo DRS in Beavercreek and focuses on testing and troubleshooting Naval Link-11 and Link-22 radio modems.
Scott Braum - Varsity Coach
Scott comes to the DBC staff as the parent of a former DBC rower who has graduated from college and is now coaching in Ann Arbor. He has spent a lifetime involved in every aspect of youth sports from athlete to parent to coach to booster to administrator. While he has a passion for youth sports in general, he has seen firsthand the impact that rowing can have on a child’s life, whether he or she is a gifted natural athlete or a scrappy kid with a big heart who just won’t quit. He believes that rowing offers each athlete an opportunity to learn things about themselves and others both on and off the water. When his daughter came home from Learn To Row years ago, she told him she wanted to quit everything she was doing in order to row. That, of course, sounded crazy. Now, however, after several years, countless thousands of miles, who knows how many scorching, freezing, and storming races, and his own inglorious rowing career, he is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue the craziness by giving something back to the sport that has impacted his family in so many ways.
Hannah Whitaker - Novice Coach
Hannah started rowing in the 7th grade at Dayton Boat Club. She attended Beavercreek High School and graduated with the class of 2023. She was asked to be a team captain her Junior year, and continued being a Captain throughout Senior year. Hannah started coaching the learn to row camps over the summer of 2022. She eventually started to coach the Middle School team at DBC up until the spring of 2023. She currently lives in Beavercreek with her family, while attending Wright State University to major in Criminal Justices.
Danny Raimondi - Masters Head Coach
Danny Raimondi joined DBC as the head coach of the masters (adult) team in February 2022. A Pittsburgh native, he rowed for Central Catholic High School before coming to the University of Dayton earn his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering. He’s now working toward a master’s in additive manufacturing and design at Pennsylvania State University. In his coaching role, he focuses on developing all athletes to their fullest potential, cultivating a sense of community and building the team’s reputation as a strong competitor in regattas across the Midwest.
Jane Wittmann - Masters Novice Coach
Jane Wittmann is a founding member of the Dayton Boat Club and its masters rowing program. In addition to rowing on the competitive masters team, she teaches adult learn-to-row courses and coaches the novice/recreational team. A lifelong Daytonian, she has a degree from California State University, Long Beach. As a coach, she focuses on developing new rowers’ technique, strength, endurance, speed, confidence and muscle memory to prepare them for competition.