During her time at Lehigh, Brady Garrity ’04 left a lasting impression as a member of the Mountain Hawk’s rowing program. Garrity rowed primarily in the seven and five seat for the women’s varsity 8 crew and was a key cog in helping the Brown and White win the 2002 collegiate eight race at the Head of the Charles — the nation’s most prestigious regatta. “That was pretty spectacular," Garrity says. “Watching how proud Coach Savell, Coach Szecker and Coach Mirochna were was better than winning the race.” In addition to being a member of Lehigh’s rowing program, Garrity was also a Gryphon and she was in Alpha Gamma Delta.
Garrity comes from a family full of athletes as her father Brian played lacrosse at Georgetown and her mother Molly played tennis at Ohio State, her sister Bridget rowed at Villanova and her cousin Moira is a former field hockey player at Lehigh.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2004, Brady stayed in South Bethlehem and worked towards her master’s in School Counseling while also serving as the crew’s novice women’s coach, which she led to a silver medal at the Dad Vail Regatta.
Following that she headed to Washington, D.C. where she became a school counselor in a Special Education Center for students with severe to profound mental and physical disabilities. The New England native spent two years there and then moved onto her current position in Annapolis at a pre-kindergarten through grade five school where she works on developing social skills, behavior modification, and group counseling with Special Education students. She has also continued her education at Johns Hopkins University where she is working towards a degree in Educational Administration and Leadership. “Going back to graduate school has been interesting; I forgot how hard school was!”
“Rowing taught me that I could do anything, because if you can make it through final exams while preparing for an important race and sleep only two hours a night, you can do anything!”
In addition Garrity has become a Girls On The Run coach, which is a program aimed at improving self-worth in young girls through running and mentorship. “I have watched young girls transform right before my eyes into confident, amazing young women,” she explains. “I have also participated in a 193-mile race called the Ragnar Relay, which was a great team experience. And I had the chance to run with Back On My Feet with Colleen Furey, another rower from Lehigh, which was a truly touching experience. Back On My Feet is a non-profit organization that promotes the self-sufficiency of the homeless population by engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem.”
Married this past summer, Garrity says that her time as a member of the Lehigh crew taught her plenty of lessons for life after college. “Rowing taught me that I could do anything, because if you can make it through final exams while preparing for an important race AND sleep only two hours a night, you can do anything! Rowing and academics pushed me so much further than I would have gone if I had not been involved. Rowing also opened up the door to a coaching position which led to a free education and my current career. When I hear people complain about having to get to work at 7:50 AM, I have to laugh. I used to hate to hear the 4:44 am alarm blaring, and now I actually miss it.”
Garrity says Sabrina Terrizzi is one teammate she’d love to hear from. “She was the coxswain the year we won the Dad Vail Regatta and she was amazing,” Garrity explains. “She could bench press more than the rowers even though she was much tinier than the rest of us!”
This summer Garrity was joined by 12 former Lehigh rowers at her wedding, including Vincent O’Reilly who is currently a Reverend and performed the ceremony. “My Lehigh teammates are like a family to me still, and we summer vacation together as often as possible. The girls I coached at Lehigh on the rowing team still keep in contact with me and have become amazing women.”
Asked to give today’s student-athletes a piece of advice, Garrity says, “Take advantage of every opportunity in college – you can sleep when you are old.”