The Coaches

Alan Engel

Head Coach/ Varsity Girls Coach

Coach Alan is in his 21st season on the Mt. Lebanon coaching staff and this is his 11th season as Head Coach.

Alan joined the Mt. Lebanon Rowing staff in the fall of 1997 to be the Novice Coach (boys and girls) and to help with the varsity girls. In January 2000 he moved from the novices to coaching the varsity girls full-time, whom he has coached since. Coach Alan became the Head Coach ahead of the 2007-2008 season.

Coach Alan started rowing in college and was a lightweight rower at Florida Institute of Technology. After a few years away from the area and the sport, he returned to Pittsburgh and joined TRRA, where he competed for two summers with the competitive Masters Program. Coach Alan is US Rowing Level II Certified.

Coach Alan has an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business.

Brian Cusick

Varsity Boys Coach

Coach Brian is in his 15th season on the Mt. Lebanon coaching staff.

Brian joined MtL in the fall of 2003 as one of the Novice coaches. He moved up to the men’s team in the fall of 2007 following the departure of coach Mike Baker. An alum of MtL, Coach Brian both rowed and coxed from 1995 to 1999.

Brian is U.S. Rowing Level I certified. He graduated Allegheny College in 2003 with a BS in chemistry, and graduated from CMU in the fall of 2009 with a Ph.D. in chemistry.

Liz Fishback

Novice Coach & Coxswain Development

Coach Liz is in her 11th season on the Mt. Lebanon coaching staff.

Liz joined MtL for the Fall 2007 season to coach the novices and to assist with the development of the coxswains. An alum of the program, she spent 1999-2002 as a coxswain for the MtL Men’s team.

A 2007 graduate of Smith College, Coach Liz was a four year member of the varsity squad, earning three NCAA National Championship medals and acting as co-captain in her senior year.

She has also spent time training and competing for Steel City Rowing Club in Pittsburgh and the University of Edinburgh’s Men Squad in Edinburgh, Scotland and the Three Rivers Rowing Association Masters Program.

Coach Liz has a BA in Government/ Public Policy from Smith. Coach Liz is U.S. Rowing Level I certified.

DJ Vaglia

Assistant Coach/Sculling

Coach DJ is in his 4th season on the Mt. Lebanon coaching staff.

DJ joined MtL in the Fall 2014 season to coach the novices and to assist with the development of the varsity boys. DJ is also an alum of the program, having rowed for us from 2004-2008. DJ also heads up our equipment maintenance.

DJ graduated Cornell University in 2012 after rowing with the Big Red for four years and earned a Masters Degree from CMU in 2017.

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