Jasmine Howard (Program Coordinator)

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.

jasmine@blscrew.org

Chris DePaola (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.

chris@blscrew.org

Conor Fearon (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. 

conor@blscrew.org

Jeff Schafer (Boys Novice Head Coach & Boys Varsity Assistant Coach)

Jeff has an infectious enthusiasm for rowing that inspires his athletes to work hard and strive for excellence. He started rowing on the Hudson river in Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1975. He rowed at Syracuse University, where he won 2 IRA medals. After college, he started a rowing program in Albany that has continued to grow and flourish. Jeff progressed to master’s rowing and has won over 50 medals in both national and international Master’s rowing events, including 2 wins in the Head of the Charles Regatta. Jeff began coaching after college and split his time between working as a stockbroker and a rowing coach. He rebuilt teams, such as the US Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point and St. Anthony's High School on Long Island, to national prominence. Jeff later moved to Boston and was an assistant coach at MIT and Northeastern Universities. He had a hiatus from coaching to work at Gentle Giant Moving and returned to coaching in 2011. Since then, he has coached at Wayland-Weston, Bromfield-Acton-Boxboro, and the Windsor School. At Riverside Boat Club, he has coached both junior athletes and the high-performance group during summer and fall programs, including several athletes who have been selected for junior national teams and an athlete who won World Championships last year. Jeff is married to Lisa, who is also a rower. They enjoy rowing, canoeing, paddle boarding, and archery.   

jeff@blscrew.org

Hannah Elder (Girls Novice Head Coach and Girls Varsity Assistant Coach)

Hannah Elder joined BLS Crew for the Fall 2018 season as the Girls Novice coach. Hannah began rowing at Newport Aquatic Center in 2012 before going on to row at UCLA. At UCLA, she won a silver medal at the PAC 12 Championships and raced at NCAA's in the 2V, and she served as captain during her final two years. She graduated in 2018 with a degree in History. Hannah now trains with Riverside Boat Club's High Performance Group.

hannah@blscrew.org

Lizzy Houston (Boys Varsity Assistant Coach and 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! 

lizzy@blscrew.org

Nick Carter (Girls Varsity Assistant Coach)

An alumni of Boston Latin School, Nick 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. 

nick@blscrew.org

Alek Estrada (Boys Novice Assistant Coach)

Alek is a  BLS Crew alum. He rowed with BLS starting in the first season of the Boys team in Spring 2014 and until graduating in 2017. He is currently a student Northeastern University.

alek@blscrew.org

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