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.
Boys Varsity 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
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.
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 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.
Suzanna Yeung began her rowing career right here at Boston Latin School. During her years at BLS crew, the team went though an enormous transformation, ultimately qualifying for Scholastic Nationals and winning back the Salvo Cup against Brookline after 5 years. Suzanna graduated from BLS in 2015 and continued her coxing career for UMass Amherst Women's Rowing team. During the summers and small boat season, she enjoyed rowing a single alongside her teammates. Suzanna graduated spring of 2019 with a B.S. in Building and Construction Technology where she now works in construction management. Suzanna is excited to be back with BLS crew where it all began!
On her days off or after work/practice, Suzanna spends anytime she can outdoors, hiking, backpacking, and paddle boarding, with her border collie pup, Oliver.
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.
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.
Kayla Monks rowed at Latin from 2003-2008 and served as Captain in her senior year. At the time, the team was still in its early years and Kayla is thrilled to see how much the team has grown. Since her years on the water Kayla has become an endurance athlete, completing multiple marathons and triathlons as well as her first full Ironman in Lake Placid earlier this year. She credits her success as an athlete to her years of rowing where she learned the importance of discipline and dedication.
Kayla is a registered dietitian and works full-time at Beth Israel Transplant Institute where she works with solid organ transplant patients. She loves working with individuals towards reaching their goals and improving quality of life through healthy living. Kayla is excited to be back at BLS to support the team.