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Girls Varsity Head Coach and BLS Crew Program Coordinator

Conor Fearon

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. 

Boys Varsity Assistant Coach

Lizzy Houston

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

John DiGiacomo

John DiGiacomo is an alum of Boston Latin School and served as the boys team captain in his senior year (2016-2017). That spring, John became the first boy since the team's relaunch to go sub-7 minutes in a 2K erg assessment. More importantly, he was part of the boys first 4+ to medal at Mass Publics, earning bronze in the final event. John continued rowing into his freshman year at Tufts University, which ended in a first place finish as part of the Men's Novice 8+ at NIRCs.

After his first year at Tufts, John put aside rowing to focus on his passion in film production. He graduated in 2021 with a degree in FIlm & Media Studies and Psychology. When he's not hunkered down watching movies, you can still find him working out with his friends from BLS or punching some pads at a Martial Arts gym.

Boys Varsity Head Coach

Chris DePaola

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.

Boys Varsity Assistant Coach

Sean Richardson

Sean Richardson started rowing at UMass Amherst as a walk-on in 2017 and worked his way up to become a captain, member of first varsity 8+, and an executive board member. He also trained with the NYAC and ARION U23 groups during his time as an undergrad and currently trains with Riverside’s High Performance Group. Over the years, Sean has podiumed at USRowing Nationals, Fall Speed Order, Oakridge Invitational, Head of the Housatonic, and Head of the Fish regatta in sweep and scull boats.

Sean graduated with a degree in Sport Management in 2021 and holds a USRowing Level 2 coaching certification. When he’s not rowing or coaching, Sean can be found hiking, reading, or baking food for his housemates.

Boys Novice Assistant Coach

Christopher Haigney

Christopher Haigney is an alum of Boston Latin School and rowed with the Boys Varsity team where he enjoyed the challenge of rowing and met many of his closest friends. Outside of rowing, Christopher enjoyed being part of the French Club and tutoring elementary school students. Often Chris can be spotted riding his bike or running on the Esplanade. He will be attending Middlebury College in the spring of 2023 where he plans on majoring in Biochemistry and continuing his rowing career. He is very excited to coach BLS Crew and hopes to bring all he learned from his varsity years to the Novice program.

Varsity Assistant Coach

Jack Mancini

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.

Boys Novice Coach

Morgan McCarty

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. 

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