Jasmine Howard is the current Program Coordinator of BLS Crew. Jasmine has been a part of BLS Crew since Spring 2013. For five years she was the coach of the Girls Novice team, leading the team through a period of significant growth in both size and success. In 2018 she moved to the Girls Varsity team, and with co-coach Beata Coloyan, in Spring 2019 led the team to a second place finish at NEIRAs (only the second public school to medal in the race's 70+ year history) and to win the Mass Publics Championship.
Prior to coaching at BLS, Jasmine was a coxswain at Boston College. During her time at BC, Jasmine lead her crew to BC's highest-ever finish at the Head of the Charles. Jasmine holds a JD/MPH dual degree from Northeastern University School of Law and Tufts University.
Girls Varsity Assistant Coach
An alumni of Boston Latin School, Nick Carter rowed for 4 years at UMass Amherst from 2010-2014; he spent the summers of 2013 and 2014 sculling at Union Boat Club. After graduating from college, Nick coached at the Gentle Giant Rowing Club in Somerville and then joined the BLS coaching team. He is also an active member of Riverside Boat Club, where he rows and races with the Men's Sweeps team.
Boys Novice Head Coach
Patrick Dent began rowing as a freshman at Gonzaga College High School in Washington DC. After a 4-year high school rowing career, which included 2 SRAA National Championships and a trip to the semi-finals at the Henley Royal Regatta, he was recruited to row for the heavyweight squad at MIT, where he rowed for 4 years. Patrick’s coaching experience includes 2 summers as a learn-to-scull instructor at Thompson’s Boat Center in DC, 5 summers as a head instructor at Gonzaga’s learn-to-row camp, and one summer as an intern with the USRowing Junior National Team High Performance Camp.
Novice Assistant Coach
Morgan McCarty is an alum of Boston Latin School and one of the original members of its boys team during its relauch. Morgan was one of the most decorated members of the team during his time at BLS. He now attends Northeastern University and coaches the novice team.
Girls Varsity Head Coach
Conor Fearon began rowing at Glastonbury High School in Connecticut in 2007. After high school Conor rowed for Pennsylvania State University where he served as the team’s captain and fundraising officer. At Penn State he also helped run their summer learn to row program. Conor returned to his alma mater, Glastonbury, in the Fall of 2014 where he served as both the girls Head Coach and Novice Coach. At Glastonbury he coached the girls to a Connecticut Public Schools State Championship. After four years with Glastonbury he moved to Boston to start a masters program in secondary education at Northeastern University. He spent one year with the MIT Openweight Women as the Volunteer Assistant Coach before coming to BLS.
Girls Novice Assistant Coach
Lizzy Houston started rowing in high school at Pelham Community Rowing Association. She was then recruited to William Smith College where she made one NCAA appearance in the Herons' 1v. During her summers, Lizzy spent time rowing with Vesper Boat Club where she won the Senior/Elite National 8+ and U23 8+ at Canadian Henley. Lizzy moved to Boston for its strong rowing community and opportunities along the Charles.
Lizzy graduated with a degree in Media and Society and English in May 2019. When she isn't rowing or coaching, she's spending time with her puppy, Gunny, whom you'll get to know around the boathouse!
Novice Assistant Coach
Maggie O’Byrne started her rowing career right here at BLS, joining the novice team in eighth grade in Spring 2014. She earned a seat in the Head of the Charles boat in her junior and senior years. After graduating from BLS in 2018, she entered the Exercise Science/ DPT program at Simmons University and has been a member of the crew team since freshman year. Maggie was made a captain in 2020, and has led many workout sessions for her teammates and creates a fun Saturday workout to keep members engaged during COVID. Maggie will enter the DPT graduate program on June 1, and is looking forward to gaining some coaching experience. She is honored to be back at BLS, and is looking forward to working with and supporting the novice team.
Boys Varsity Head Coach
Chris DePaola began rowing as a middle school student in Connecticut, continuing in high school and all four years at Hobart College. Since graduating from Hobart in 2014, Chris has played a variety of coaching roles at Farmington High School, as Head Coach of Girls Varsity and with both Boys and Girls JV squads. Chris also spent three summers as a coaching intern with USRowing’s Junior National Team, and he has USRowing Level 2 coaching certification. From an intern to a head coach, Chris has had lots of experience working with boats, equipment and student athletes. Outside of rowing, Chris looks to find new ways of challenging his body’s limits. Chris’ most recent achievement involved competing at the Spartan 24 Hour Ultra World Championship race in Iceland, where he finished 7th in his age group.
Girls Novice Head Coach
Jack Mancini began his rowing career at McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester New York in 2011. He was a member of the Inaugural Row 4 Hope, where he and his teammates raised $25,000+ for the American Cancer Society by rowing the length of the Erie Canal. Jack capped his senior season off by earning the first Senior 8+ bid to Scholastic Nationals in program history. He then continued his Coxswain career at Syracuse University, where he earned a bronze medal at Eastern Sprints in the Varsity 4+. After graduating from Syracuse in 2019 with degrees in Marketing and Advertising, Jack moved to Boston with his eyes set on a coaching opportunity that would allow him to share his passion and knowledge of the sport with others, and he is thrilled BLS has given him that opportunity.
When he's not on the water, you can find Jack spending time with his dog Onondaga (Oggy for short, named after the lake Jack rowed on at Syracuse), who is just as thrilled to start his regatta dog career as well.
Novice Assistant Coach
Harry Burke started rowing his freshman year of high school in 2014 at Saugatuck Rowing Club in Westport, Connecticut. For three years he rowed for the US Junior National Team, winning bronze in 2016 in the 4+ and silver in the 8+ in 2017 and 2018. He rowed for Harvard University, winning Eastern Sprints and the Harvard-Yale race in the JV during his first year. He is rowing out of UBC, cycling around Massachusetts, and coaching novices at BLS while on leave from Harvard.