FDR CREW Braving the Hudson for over 60 years!

On this page we remember all the people who have given so generously of their time and energy to coach the FDR Crew teams over the years. 

The entries are alphabetical by last name.  We've tried to indicate the years when they coached where we could.

Corrections, updates, and especially additions of anyone we've missed are very welcome!

For any alumni issues, contact the Alumni Activities Committee.


Frank Baldascino
    Years:  2006-2013

Coach Frank Baldascino was a member of the Marist College Crew Team, as a Coxswain, from 1971 through 1974. In 2000 to the present Coach Baldascino has rejoined the ranks of the rowing community as a rower for the Hudson River Rowing Association Men's Masters team. He also held the post of Secretary for the Hudson River Rowing Association in 2000.
Prior to coaching for the FDR crew team Coach Baldascino served as Treasurer for the Hyde Park Rowing Association in 1998 and remained involved as a board member until his daughter left the crew team as a college bound graduate of FDR. Frank Baldascino joined the ranks of FDR crew as a coach in 2006 working with the boys novice team.  Coach Baldascino coached the girls varsity team from 2008 to 2013.

Marcy Barnum

    Years:  1999 at least


Ray  Barnum
    Years:  1995-1996
Sue Benfield
    Years:  1989-1991, 2015-present

Coach Benfield, took up rowing at Marist College in 1976, competing spring, summer and fall, during her Marist years. In 1979, she completed her senior year in the Marist Abroad Program, at the University of York in York, England, where she promptly joined the rowing team. Remaining at the University of York for a master's degree program, she was able to compete for the University of York for two years. Since then whenever life and job allowed, she has returned to rowing as a coach. FDR Crew - 1989 - 1991 Arl Crew - 1994 - 2006 Hudson River Rowing Association - Member and Coach 1996 - present FDR Crew - 2015..........

Kate Brownson
     Years:  2014-present

Coach Kate is a local graduate of Spackenkill High School. While at Spackenkill she rowed for 5 years as well as being involved in other sports such as field hockey, basketball, volleyball.

After high school Coach Kate furthered her rowing career by becoming a Mountaineer at West Virginia University. She competed 5 years of Division l rowing until she graduated in 2011. Among many medals and awards won during her Dl experience her greatest accomplishment was being voted Team Captain her senior year.  While attending WVU she  obtained many mental and physical skills that has furthered her career as an athlete and aided the transition into coaching.

Since graduation she coached for numerous clubs, working with different ages/skill levels.

Mike Cerulli
    Years:  1981, 1983-1990, 2002-2007

Nancy Dixon
    Years:  ?

Deb Fitzgerald
    Years:  ?

G. Clarke
    Years:  1998
William R. Clauss
    Years:  1950-1954

William Clauss is the founding coach for Crew at Roosevelt High School.  He was also among the original faculty for RHS in 1941, teaching Art.
Following is his obituary taken from the Schenectady Gazette, Friday November 20, 1987
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William R. Clauss, 69, of Wellington Road died Monday at his winter home in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Born in Poughkeepsie, he was a graduate of Syracuse University with bachelor's and master's degrees in fine arts.
He had taken graduate courses at Columbia University in New York City, where he was a Ford Foundation Fellow in 1954-55.  In 1960 and 1961 he was a John Hay Fellow at Columbia University.
In 1964-65, he was a Syracuse university fellow in the arts and humanities.  He also studied at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University and the Art Students League of New York.  He has published numerous articles on the humanities and their place in education and has exhibited his own art work.
He was an associate in secondary curriculum development and later an associate for humanities education at the state Education Department.
Prior to his position with the Education Department, he was an art and humanities teacher at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School in Hyde Park for 22 years.  He left in 1962 to become an assistant professor of art at Elmira College.
His most recent position was as an instructor of art at the Junior College of Albany, where he taught sculpture, drawing and structural design.  he retired in 1980.
He was an Army veteran of World War II.
He was a member and past president of the National Association of Humanities Education, the state Art Teachers Associate, the American Crafts Council and the Dutchess County and Bethlehem Art Associations.
He was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Delmar.
Survivors include his wife, Claire Riddeford Clauss; two sons Richard A. Clauss of Greenwich and Mark W. Clauss of Jamesville, Onondaga County; and a sister, Particia C. Costello of Poughkeepsie.
Rocco Cordato
    Years:  ?

Edson Decker
    Years:  1956-1959

Edson Decker was a former oarsman for Navy.  He left RHS after the 1959 season to become the Freshman Crew Coach for Columbia University. 
Mr. Farnum
    Years:  1955

Kelly Floryan
    Years:  2005-2006

A. Friedrichsen
    Years:  1998


Harry Harrington
    Years:  1999-present

Coach Harrington is a 1977 graduate of FDR High School.  While a student in FDR Coach Harrington was involved in multiple sports.  He was a member of the football and wrestling teams for four years.  Coach Harrington also was a member of the FDR Crew team which was coached by David Vertullo and Scott Sanford.
After leaving FDR as a student Coach Harrington continued to keep sports activities at the forefront through coaching.  His coaching career includes:  Hyde Park Little League - Coaching Staff, Hyde Park Pop-Warner Football - Coaching Staff, Haviland Middle School Modified Football- Head Coach, FDR HS Junior Varsity Football-Head Coach, FDR HS Varsity Football- Head Coach, FDR Novice Crew- Head Coach (1999-2004), FDR Varsity Crew  - Head Coach (2004- Present).
In addition to his coaching activities Coach Harrington has served as the Pop-Warner Eastern Regional Football Commissioner, Vice Regional Director for Eastern Regional Pop-Warner Football, and Vice President of the Hudson Valley Rowing League.

Shannon Harrington
    Years:  ?

Ed Holsapple
    Years:  1996

Richard King
    Years:  1960-1962

Kevin Piotti
    Years:  1999, 2001

Jason Planke
    Years:  1996

Lyndsey Posner
    Years:  2012-2014

Coach Lyndsey Posner is a 2002 graduate of FDR High School and has been the Girl’s Novice Coach since the 2012 season.
Coach Lyndsey was a rower for FDR and HRRA throughout High School and briefly rowed while attending SUNY Maritime and SUNY Oswego.
She graduated from SUNY Oswego with a Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Education/ Science and SUNY New Paltz with a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She is currently a K-2 Special Education Teacher at Germantown Central School District, where she also resides.
In addition to coaching and teaching, Lyndsey is a competitive equestrian who also owns a rescued horse.
Evan Quest
    Years:  2010-present

Since 2010 Evan has been the coach for the novice boys team.
Coach Evan Quest is an FDR graduate and former member of the FDR Crew team. He graduated from Marist College with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Communications.
Evan  also earned a  Personal Training Certificate from the American College of Sports Medicine and is a certified fitness instructor and personal trainer.  Evan is currently employed at Mike Arteaga's Fitness Centers and  specializes in all types of personal training, from free weights and injury rehabilitation to power lifting and sport specific training.
In his spare time, Evan enjoys long runs, rowing, and basketball. Catch him if you can!

Jody Sanford
    Years:  1993-1995

Scott Sanford
    Years:  1965-1976

David Vertullo
    Years:  1976-1986

Mike Vertullo
    Years:  1995-1998 ?

Dal Veeder
     Years:  1991 - 1994

Dal Veeder was the Girls Varsity Coach from 1991-1994 when he was hired by Vassar as their crew coach until 1998.  He also volunteered at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics at the Rowing Venue.
Gary Veeder
   Years:  1988 - 1993

Gary Veeder coached the boys novice from 1988-1993 He was well known for wearing LOUD pants- the louder the better-in fact he was given several pairs by his rowers over the years. He also volunteered at the Rowing Venue at Lake Lanier for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

The photo shows Gary (obviously on the left) with Ray Barnum and Dick Czech.

Everett Westa
    Years:  1959-1961