Mike Vertullo – Women’s Head Coach
The women’s team is fortunate to have Mike Vertullo at the helm. A high school rowing coach for the past 22 years, he has been the women’s head coach at Winter Park Crew for 16 of those years. He began coaching at WPC during the 1999-2000 season and was named Florida Women’s Coach of the Year for the 2001-2002 season. With Mike’s coaching the WPC women’s team has established a highly regarded reputation at both the Stotesbury Cup Regatta and the Scholastic Nationals Championship. Prior to joining WPC, Mike coached at F.D. Roosevelt High School in New York for seven years. He coached the Freshman boys for two years and then resurrected the women’s program to national prominence. He sent 14 women’s 8’s to the Nationals finals from 1995-1999. In 1998 and 1999 his team won the NYS SRA Women’s team point trophy. In 1996 his Lightweight eight won the SRAA Championship and was named National Champions. The Poughkeepsie Journal named him Coach of the Year in 1996 and 1999. In 1998, Mike along with the assistance of other area coaches, founded the Hudson River Rowing Association, a community based rowing club where he served as head Coach and President. In 2003, FDR dedicated a boat, the Michael W. Vertullo, in his honor during the Stotesbury Cup Regatta.
Mike rowed from 8th through 12th grade and was a bronze medal winner in a Junior 8 at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta. He then continued to row for two years at Rutgers University.
Mike received his Bachelor’s degree of Arts-Statistics from Rutgers University in 1991 and the NYS provisional certification in Mathematics education from SUNY at New Palz. Mike teaches AP Statistics, Algebra II and Analysis of Functions at Winter Park High School. Mike and his supportive wife, Heather, have two sons Nicholas, 13 and Lucas who is 12. His sons are both avid baseball players.
Dan Bertossa’s career in crew, both as a rower and as a coach, can be summed up in one word: WINNING. Now in his twenty-fourth season at Winter Park, Coach Bertossa has coached boats that have captured many Florida State, Stotesbury Cup, and Scholastic National championships. A 1986 graduate of the Florida Institute of Technology in Ocean Engineering, Coach Bertossa rowed from 1983 through 1986. At the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia in 1984, he was a bronze medal winner in the straight pair; and in 1985 and 1986, he took gold medals in the JV8.
Coach Bertossa is recognized nationally for the conditioning and techniques of his rowers. He became a coach to stay close to the sport after a hip injury forced him from rowing. “Coaching keeps me attached to rowing,” he says, “and I like to see what it does for the kids.” Winter Park rowers have gone on to row competitively in college and at the Royal Henley Regatta, Junior World Championships, U-23 Championships, and Senior World Championships. Coach Bertossa is proud that a number of his former oarsmen have chosen to follow in his footsteps, becoming rowing coaches.
Coach Bertossa teaches AP and IB Physics at Winter Park High School. He and his wife, Jeanne, have three children: Alec, Ellie and Cameron, all Winter Park rowers.