Coaching Staff

Mitch Brindley

Program Director and Head Coach

Head coach at Old Dominion University. Over 28 years coaching experience at the youth, collegiate, national, and international level in a variety of one design class dinghies with extensive experience in Laser and Laser Radials. Some notable athletes coached include Anna Tunnicliffe (2008 Olympic Gold Medal Laser Radial), Sally Barkow, Brad Funk, US Sailing Team Laser Team 2009, Zach Railey (2009 Skandia Sail for Gold – Bronze in the Finn class), and Stephanie Roble. Brindley has coached and conducted clinics at various US Sailing Junior Championships.

Morgan Collins


Assistant coach at Old Dominion University. Morgan has extensive Laser Radial coaching and sailing experience. While a team member at Old Dominion, she qualified for the Laser Performance Singlehanded National Championships four years in a row.  As a youth sailor she finished second at the US Sailing Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship. In addition to collegiate coaching Morgan is a frequent coach for US Sailing at national youth clinics and regattas, and for USODA.

Tyler Colvin

Technical Director and Coach

Assistant coach at Old Dominion University. Tyler has extensive coaching experience, at the youth and collegiate level in various classes. He has conducted numerous clinics in Laser Radial (ILCA 6), Club and I 420s, and Optimists. His specialty will be technical analysis.

Dreugh Phillips

ILCA Coach

Dreugh is a product of the Big Blue Sailing Academy program and the Old Dominion University Sailing Team. There as team captain, he led the Monarchs to multiple National Championship appearances. Dreugh is currently in his third year as Head Sailing Coach at Christopher Newport University.