After our athletes, the pride of SORA is our elite coaching staff. We boast the most acclaimed and highly-regarded coaching staff in central Florida. With wins too numerous to count and the esteem of their colleagues, SORA is honored to be the home to these coaches.
SORA is very excited to welcome Coach Terry to the staff! Although his coaching background started with soccer, Coach Terry has been an extremely successful rowing coach since emigrating from Ireland to the United States.. He has a passion for teaching young people to become "elite individuals" in all facets of life and finds that sport is a great way to do that.
Coach Terry's coaching accomplishments include: 7 Erg Sprints championships, 3rd place at Crash B's, 6 Florida state championships, 3 SE Regional Championships, and 3 top-6 finishes (grand final) at USRowing Youth Nationals. His rowers have been invited to USRowing selection camp (2013, 2014, 2016 and 2018) with 2 making the Jr National Team. Additionally, many rowers have gone on to college rowing careers on rowing scholarships.
For the Davisons, rowing is a family affair. The reason Terry got involved with rowing in the first place was that his two sons, Joe and Ben, started rowing in high school. Under Terry's tutelage both became passionate life-long rowers! Ben is currently rowing in college at Washington University (in addition to rowing on the USA National team and Under 23 team) and SORA is excited to welcome Joe to our coaching staff as a Middle School coach.
Before moving to the United States in 2006, Coach Terry served 7 years in the British Merchant Navy and 25 years with the British Police. With the British police, he served in various departments including criminal investigation department (CID) where he was promoted to rank of Inspector, special operations, rapid entry, Large Scale disturbances, and Counter Terrorist Search Advisory (training with the British Army). His most satisfying moments with the British Police were while serving in Criminal Investigation.
Tom Lineberry is a retired teacher who spent 36 years with the Orange County Public Schools. His coaching career spreads over four decades. He has held the position of head coach or assistant coach of both high school and college men’s and women’s teams. Under his leadership, his teams have won 55 state titles, three National Scholastic titles, seven Stotesbury titles, along with many metals at both high school states and Stotesbury regattas. He coached a men’s four which were selected to attend the junior trials and attended the Olympic Sports Festival. In 1993, US Rowing named Tom the Scholastic Coach of the Year. In the same year his team was named the High School Team of the Year. Tom has held all officer positions within the Florida Scholastic Rowing Association which included state regatta director for four years. He is also a licensed rowing official. Tom proudly served with the 20th Special Forces Green Beret group.
Joe has been a middle school coach for 3 years with SORA and overall has 5 years coaching experience. He rowed 3 years in high school, placing 3rd in the state. Joe is also currently working as a paramedic while he pursues a career in nursing.
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