People

Sandra Bucan, Head Masters Coach
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Sandra has been part of Northampton Community Rowing's coaching staff since 2014.  In that time she has coached nearly all of the different programs at NCR.  For the past year, Sandra has been focused on coaching the morning Masters programs, which consist of competitive, intermediate as well as learn to row groups.  

In more then a decade of coaching experience, she has worked with a variety of age and skill levels, coaching collegiate, masters and youth programs predominantly in New Jersey, as well as in her home country of Serbia. She is also presently Women’s rowing coach at Amherst College.

During her long rowing career, Sandra has been a member of her hometown team Red Star, as well as the Serbian National Team. She continued her rowing journey at Dowling College, NY representing their team for another 3.5 years. She also made her first coaching steps at Dowling College. She feels very lucky to have found her way to such welcoming and warm community, filled with so many wonderful, fun and hard working people.

 

 

 

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Robert "Bullet" Englehardt, Head Youth Coach and Masters Coach
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Bullet served as a PE Teacher for 35 years and athletic director for 18 years at Pioneer Valley Regional School. He graduated from Springfield College 1981 where he rowed for 2 years.

Bullet serves as the President of the MSSADA. He is a founder of the Pioneer Rowing Club and served as the novice girls coach at Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club in Springfield.

 

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Jeanne Friedman, Masters Coach
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Jeanne Friedman is a US Rowing Level 3 Certified coach and has been rowing since 1973, when she helped found the Boston University women's crew team. While at BU, Jeanne won three National titles. She has coached sweep and sculling to all ages.

From 1992-2014 she was the head coach at Mount Holyoke College. In 2009, Jeanne was inducted into the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

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Wendy Mardas, Vice President
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Wendy lives in Hatfield, where she works as a researcher and writer. She has been on the Board since 2016, and she has also been involved with NCR for several years as the parent of a youth rower. As vice president and chair of the parent committee, she is especially interested in reaching out to parents and motivating them to become active participants in our growing Hamp Crew community.

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Beth Kazimer, Varsity Girls Coach and Masters Coach
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Beth started her rowing career at Brookline High School where she and her doubles partner qualified and competed at the Junior National Championships in 2010, and 2011. In her 3 years with BHS she was awarded MVP two years in a row and elected captain of the team.

She then joined Community Rowing Inc. where she competed again at Nationals in 2012 having qualified in both the lightweight double and the lightweight eight. She competed at the CANAMEX regatta as the stroke seat for her quad as a representative of the US Junior National Team for that event in 2012.

Before attending college and rowing for UMass Amherst women’s team for the 2014 season, Beth spent a year coaching at CRI. There, Beth offered private lessons, coached U23 collegiate women, and learn to row.

In her free time, Beth enjoys hiking, running, and spending time with her two dogs. Beth is extremely enthusiastic and excited about coaching, and hopes to make a difference by developing the skills of her athletes through a positive approach that instills an appreciation for the sport of rowing and all it offers both on the water and off.

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Rob Keane, Masters Coach
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Rob began his rowing career at a very young age with the East Arm Rowing Club in Greenwood Lake, New York in 2010. He spent his first few years rowing recreationally with rowers at various skill levels within the club learning from a variety of different coaches. In 2012, he joined the Warwick Valley High School Crew Team and rowed competitively with them for four years as a lightweight rower and coxswain. Later in high school, Rob began coxing and coaching the East Arm Rowing Club Masters Team, working with all kinds of varying ages and skill levels. In the fall of 2016, Rob moved to Amherst, Massachusetts to attend UMass Amherst. He joined Northampton Community Rowing as a member of the Advanced Masters Racing Team and later a coach for the Intermediate Masters Team.

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Howard Moore, Middle School Sculling Coach
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Howard was a founding member of the University of Kansas Crew, and for a few years after graduation coached the KU novice lightweight men. After a one-year internship at Brown, Howard coached varsity women at Purdue, novice men at Wesleyan, varsity women at Virginia, and varsity men at UMass. Howard spent his summers during those years coaching Adult and Youth programs at the Narragansett Boat Club. For the past couple of decades, Howard has been a lawyer working in the Juvenile Court, but has been in touch with rowing through his wife, Stephanie Moore, who was Northampton’s first youth coach and is the leader of HolyokeRows.

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Dorrie Brooks, President

An architect from Florence, MA, Dorrie joined the Board in 2012.  She was inspired to help NCR make the move from the Oxbow to the current site where she helped to develop the new facilities. As president, she remains focused on program expansion, coaching development and outreach efforts.  A member of the adult competitive team since 2010, Dorrie is fascinated by the zen aspects of rowing and is still working hard at learning how not to work so hard, in rowing and in life.

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Wendy Bernstien, Clerk

Wendy is a graduate of University of Vermont & Medical College of Virginia is a Registered Dietitian. After being Intrigued by watching her daughter row for Hamp Crew, Wendy joined NCR and is enthusiastically part of the Masters competitive team and the NCR Board.

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Athena Sylos, Youth Coach, Sculling Coach
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Athena learned to row on Paradise pond at Smith College in the spring of 1990, and has been rowing ever since.  She rowed for Smith College, Clemson University Club team, and in many of the incarnations of masters rowing in the valley, Pioneer Valley Women’s Rowing through NCR. She currently is on the Masters rowing racing team. She has been coaching the youth since 2015.  

She is excited about all aspects of the sport, especially the sportsmanship, and brings a community, all-ages approach to building our rowing community.  She feels incredibly lucky to work with our talented and committed youth teams.

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