In February 2015, Will Korner '17, heeded the advice of his hockey coaches that playing different sports in the off season was of great importance, and volunteered at the Passaic Rowing Association (PRRA) before inquiring about starting a SHP Crew Club. There he met Joanne Victorio, Belleville High School’s Head Coach and PRRA board member who was intrigued by the idea of converting hockey players into rowers. She agreed to train the group in a special session after the spring high school season ended in May 2015.

The groups enthusiasm and enrollment prompted Victorio to find Seton Hall Prep their own coach to head this growing program. Last spring, under the direction of The Prep’s first Head Coach, Bryan Villaruel, SHP Crew sent an 8 man boat and a 4 man boat to three of the nation’s most competitive regattas. Using older, rented equipment, the SHP boats persevered to medal and win local regattas.

At the Philadelphia Scholastic Rowing Association (Manny Flicks) on the Schuykill River in Pennsylvania, considered to be the most competitive division in the country, the Pirates placed:

Men's Novice 4+ : 5th of 22 schools
Men's Novice 8+ : 15th of 24 schools

With strong support from the Prep and crew parents, the team has acquired new equipment, trailers, and tents. The program boasts a roster of 57 athletes for the upcoming spring 2017 season. Will and Jared reported that another 20 freshmen signed up at last week’s activities fair and have expressed interest in learning to row.

SHP Crew will compete in the Philadelphia Scholastic Rowing Association (PSRA). It is the most competitive high school rowing league in the country. The PRSA includes Don Bosco, Fordham Prep, St. Joseph's Prep, St. Peter's Prep, Christian Brothers Academy, as well as other PA/NY/NJ schools. SHP Crew is also preparing for the biggest high school rowing regatta in the world, the Stotesbury Cup Regatta, with nearly 200 participating schools.

Interested in joining the program as a current student at The Prep? Fill out Seton Hall Prep's Crew Inquiry Form.

Boathouse Address for training:

557 Riverside Avenue, Rutherford NJ.

2020 Fall Roster

head coach

Richard Baird

Full Bio

Coach Rich Baird started rowing in college as a member of the Ohio State Crew Club and rowed for four years. After college, he served a short term as an assistant coach for Raleigh Charter High School in North Carolina in 2006. After several years away from the sport, Coach Baird joined the Montclair High School Crew team for a season before moving to Ridgewood Crew and Nereid Boat Club for the 2012-2013 seasons.

As an assistant coach at Ridgewood, Coach Baird helped lead the team to great success in state, regional, and national competitions. Ridgewood won multiple Garden State Championship events and City Championship events. The crowning achievements during the years at Ridgewood include winning 5 Stotesbury Cup Trophies and 3 SRAA National Championship events.



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