Michelle was born and raised in South Africa and began her rowing career at Stellenbosch University, where she was a member of the Varsity 8 for 5 years, participating in 5 University Boat Races, 5 University Championships and 2 National Championships. Michelle began coaching at Stellenbosch and served as president of her college rowing club.
Michelle was the first woman to be elected to serve as President of South African Student Rowing, in which position she coordinated and ran all Student rowing events and clubs in the country.
Upon graduating with undergraduate and graduate Law degrees, Michelle's passion for the sport of rowing led her to Britain where she rowed extensively and earned her Amateur Rowing Association Coaching credentials and coached 2 college crew teams at Oxford University.
After leaving Britain Michelle came Falls Church Virginia, where she coached the Lake Braddock Freshman/Novice girls to an undefeated season in 2001. She then took on the position of Graduate Assistant Coach and Later Novice/Freshman coach at Southern Methodist University, where she coached for almost 3 years.
In 2006 Michelle began coaching at Lake Brantley High School, where she was Head Coach of the Boys High School team. During her 2 seasons at Lake Brantley they won a State Championship title for the Lightweight 4+. Michelle took a break from rowing to focus on her family and taught for Orange County High School for 8 years.
In 2019 she stepped back into the rowing world, taking on the role of Head Coach of the Winter Park Middle School Crew Program
Her love for teaching and building personal relationships now serves her well both in rowing and in her “other” job as a Real Estate Professional. Michelle is married to Kitt, a Football Coach and teacher at WPHS. Together they have two daughters and a huge menagerie of pets which just seems to keep growing. Their eldest daughter currently rows for Winter Park High School.
Megan Sucich starts her first season with Lyman Rowing Association as the Middle School coach.
Megan was a very successful rower for Lake Brantley throughout her high school career. After finishing high school Megan continued her passion for rowing into college. Megan rowed stroke seat of the Varsity Women’s 4+ for Duquesne University.
Megan graduated from Duquesne University with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences and a master’s degree in occupational therapy.
Megan has worked as an Occupational Therapist (OT), primarily in pediatrics, for the past 18 years.
Megan lives in Longwood with her husband and two children, including a daughter who attends Rock Lake Middle School and a son at Lyman High School.
Megan is looking forward to working with the middle school rowers to create a love and understanding for the sport, and to build the foundations necessary for the rowers to successfully transition to the Lyman High School program.