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“That kind of highlights the difference between us,” he said from Seattle. “I put 10 years of my life into it and afterward, my fiancee and I were just like, ‘That’s it, let’s go somewhere and get away from it all.’ I’m looking at going back to school and not picking up oars again for a while.”

The team practices out of the Thompson Boat Center, tucked along a small piece of shoreline near the Watergate complex — familiar waters for Stitt, who has used the facility throughout his career. “I rowed out of this boathouse in high school. I love this area,” said Stitt, who insists he never thought about giving up the sport. “If you look at my resume, the only thing that really fills it is rowing. If there’s a field I’d like to go into, it’s rowing.”

Neither rower ruled out returning to serious competition a couple of years from now, but Lanzone is primarily focused on building up his post-competition career. Stitt, on the other hand, still competes when he has time. He’s working out in the mornings and plans to ramp up his racing next summer.

The Georgetown lightweight teams have had three coaches in the past year, and Stitt said he hopes to bring some stability, even though he’s still learning how to mix his personality — what Anderson called “a goofy guy with a pretty big spirit for adventure” — with that of a coach. Matt Madigan, who took over the team on an interim basis last spring and also coached Stitt when he rowed for the Potomac Boat Club, said Georgetown’s challenge is to overcome the loss of some strong rowers who graduated in 2012.

Johnson believes having Stitt and Lanzone as part of his team is an important step in that direction.

“I have enormous respect for anyone who achieves something at the level that Sam and Giuseppe have,” he said. “That they would come along and want to get into coaching, it was good for Georgetown. I think they’ve done fine. You make the transition to coaching from the competitive life, I don’t think of it as being quite so dramatic, but it is pretty different, that’s for sure.”