Eric Catalano: Executive Director & Varsity Girls Coach

Eric Catalano is the head coach and executive director of Saratoga Rowing Association. He began coaching for Burnt Hills Rowing Association in 1993 while attending Union College. Since then, Catalano has worked with the USRowing Junior Women's Development Program, Radcliffe novice lightweights, and Saratoga Rowing Association. From a town of less than 30,000 residents, Saratoga Rowing Association functions without school support and attracts a junior program of 170 athletes spanning seventh to 12th grades. Saratoga Rowing Association counts among its successes numerous Division I and Ivy League recruits, regular medals at SRAA, CSSRA, Head of the Charles, and USRowing Youth National Championships. Hosting the Head of the Fish, Tail of the Fish, SchuylerSkiff, Saratoga Invitational and NY State Championships, Saratoga Rowing is also among the country’s leaders in regatta hosting.
 

 

Chris Chase: Regatta Director & Freshman Boys Coach

Chris Chase started coaching in 1996 when he founded the Saratoga Rowing Association, while teaching social studies at the local high school. Since its inception, the club has grown into one of the largest in the country. As a coach, Chase’s crews have won or medaled at the American Schoolboys, Canadian Schoolboys, Stotesbury Cup, Youth National Championships and Head of the Fish. His athletes have gone on to accomplish much more, with 106 earning Division I rowing opportunities to date. Chase also runs six regattas a year in and around Saratoga, including the Scholastic National Championships (twice), New York State Scholastic Rowing Championships (since 1998), Head of the Fish, Saratoga Invitational, Junior B/C Championships and Schuylerskiff. In addition to coaching and running regattas, he is a former member of the USRowing Youth Committee. Chase also hosts the U.S. Junior B Development Camp, which is designed to identify younger, talented American athletes and introduce them to sculling at an earlier age. In his spare time, Chase is a representative for Swift Racing, and father to two young boys, Tristan and Connor. He is married to a very understanding wife, Cora. 

 Alida Durrant: Assistant Varsity Girls Coach & Freshman Coach

 Alida Durrant is in her 4th year coaching at SRA. Alida spent three years as the girls assistant varsity coach and has most recently begun working with the girls freshmen team as well. Alida began rowing in high school at SRA. She rowed from 2001-2004. Her accomplishments include 3 medals from the Head of the Charles, State Championship medals from 2001-2004 and National Championship medals from 2002-2008. After graduating high school Alida become a Huskie at Northeastern University where she studied in the field of Criminal Justice. Alida rowed for the Huskies for 4 years, was a 4 year letter winner and co-captained her senior year on the team. During her summers at Northeastern she also attended the Boston U23 development camp and rowed for River Side Boat Club in 2008.

Before starting her rowing career Alida spent most of her time riding horses, skiing and playing soccer.

Matt Brady: Boatman

Matt Brady serves as the Men’s Assistant Varsity Coach as well as the Boatman for Saratoga Rowing Association. Matt rowed for SRA from 1998-2004, captaining the team his senior year. After his time rowing at SRA he went on to coach the freshman that fall before moving on to SUNY Geneseo, where he was an assistant coach with their Men's Club Rowing program. After Geneseo, Matt returned back to his roots working at SRA in 2008. As the teams boatman he cares for the fleet of equipment shared by over 200 juniors, masters and coaches alike. 
Matt also works as an on ice official for the ECACHL D-1 Hockey as well as an evaluator for USA Hockey in NYS. He also takes great pride in his flow.

 

 

 

 

 

 Brad Maxwell:  Varsity Boys Coach 

Brad comes to us from Iona Prep, where he began as an athletic trainer.  Shortly after he began working there, he started a rowing program at the boys prep school, from then on he worked double duty as the head athletic trainer and the head coach of the new program.  During his time there the program quickly blossomed and he coachedcrews to multiple state championships, a 2nd place at Stotesbury, and a National Championship at SRAAs... extremely impressive for a brand new program... especially in the 4+'s events (those are typically the events with the most entries).  Most recently, Brad was the Head Men'scoach at the prestigious New York Athletic Club (NYAC).  Last summer he led the men from NYAC to 3 gold medals at the USRowing Club Nationals in the Intermediate 8+, Intermediate 4+, and Senior 4x.... then, following that impressive performance, he went on to lead the guys to 3 Canadian Henley gold medals in the Senior Lwt. 8+, senior Lwt. 4-, and the Lightweight dash.

 Brad is also an SRA alumnus.  He rowed for SRA  between 1999 and 2001, and then went on to row for Marist.  This will be a homecoming for Brad.  His mom still lives in the area, and Brad has always had a special place in his heart for SRA.

Fun Fact:. Brad takes pride in having a beard befitting of a burly man 

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Isa Rahman: Assistant Varsity Girls & Freshman Coach

 

Coach Isa comes to us most recently from New York Rowing where he worked with the varsity program, novice program, as well as middle school program. Isa is a graduate of Brown University. He has the unique distinction of being part of one of the best seasons ever. In his senior year, Brown swept the entire Eastern Sprints regatta winning every event they entered. Isa's concentration at Brown was economics, and he has done extensive tutoring in math and economics. Isa will be helping out with the girls program.

 

 

Bob Tarrant: Youth Sculling Coach

Bob Tarrant’s full time coaching career began in 2002. Soon after Bob started coaching he became the Head Crew Coach at the Emma Willard School in Troy, NY. Along with coaching high school level athletes at Emma Willard Bob joined the SRA team in 2005 as the Head Coach for the Masters Program. Bob’s experience shows through all his accomplishments as a rower and as a coach. Bob began rowing as a master himself receiving a gold medal in 1988 in the coxed four at US Masters Nationals, he attended the FISA World Masters Championships in 1988 & 1989, the Empire State Games in 1989, the Head of the Charles Regatta in 1995 where is received a bronze medal and attended the royal Henley Veteran’s Regatta in 1997. Along with the few accomplishments listed above Bob’s teams have won many State Championships and National Championships. We are very excited to have Bob as a modified coach and the head coach of our youth sculling program. Rowing has not been the only interest in Bob’s life. He studied Economics in college has three daughters, all former SRA rowers and camp instructor and when he’s not coaching he enjoys playing with his two Labrador retrievers. 


  Jean Tarrant: Babes with Blades

 

Jean "Bean" Tarrant has been coaching rowing since 2001, and is the co-founder of the Saratoga Rowing Center (SRC) along with her husband, Bob. SRC has been offering sculling camps for children aged 8-12 for the last decade, the last 5 years in conjunction with SRA. Bean was the varsity sculling coach at SRA from 2007 to 2012, and is currently coaching the modified girls squad. Over the years her scullers have won several National and State titles and many have gone on to row and compete at the collegiate level. Bean also coaches an adult program lovingly nicknamed Babes with Blades. Most recently, Bean and Bob were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Junior Coaches Conference in January 2013. The Tarrant’s have three daughters, all former SRA rowers and camp instructors. When she's not coaching, Bean enjoys rowing her single in Lake George and Fish Creek and figure skates in the off season. 

Lou Baish: Head Modified Coach

 

Lou started rowing in Buffalo, NY while in high school. He has been coaching for over 10 years and began his coaching career at Burnt Hills where his two sons rowed and he was a master’s rower himself. Lou rowed as a master in the FISA World Masters Championships in Montreal in 2000. He has spent all but one of his coaching years with the Modified Crews and was instrumental in developing “Mod” rowing in the Capital Region.  He has been the president of the NYS Section 2 Modified Rowing League since its inception. Lou’s passion is rowing and coaching. He love introducing the sport to others and also coaches in SRA’s Adaptive and Masters Programs when needed.  Lou has been an Occupational Therapist for 36 years and has worked with children with disabilities for the past 27 years at BOCES in Saratoga. Lou has a lovely wife Marilyn and two grown sons Nick and Mike who have also been rowers and rowing coaches in the past. Lou enjoys all outdoor activities, but like hiking, kayaking, and cycling the most.  Lou’s background in OT and love of teaching/coaching make him a highly effective and respected coach. His crews have enjoyed many successes.

Edwin Cunningham: Assistant Varsity Boys 
Edwin comes to us from Newburgh, NY where he has been involved with rowing for over ten years. He began his rowing career as a freshman for Lourdes High School in Poughkeepsie, NY. He then went on to row for the Newburgh Rowing Club and the Newburgh Free Academy Men's Varsity team. During his time with Newburgh he competed in two Empire State Games, earning two silver medals in the 4+ and one in the 8+. In his senior year, he helped NFA recieve its first ever New York State Championship in which he competed in the 4+. His successes led him to pursue a Bachelors Degree in Education from Cortland, where he studied the arts and sciences of coaching and teaching. Prior to coaching for SRA, Edwin was the Varsity Womens coach for both NFA and NRC.  

 

 

Susan Pruiksma: Office Manager

Susan Pruiksma began working as the Office Manager for Saratoga Rowing Association in the fall of 2009. Susan’s extensive background working for non-profit and for for-profit organizations has given her the necessary tools to maintain daily office operations at SRA. Susan’s daily operations consisted of bookkeeping, correspondence and general office management. Susan completed a degree in Business Administration from Adirondack Community College and has been utilizing it ever since. For the past 15 years Susan has been working in the accounting field. Prior to that Susan spent time in the purchasing field. Although Susan has never rowed she has adapted to the rowing world and the running of regatta’s quite well. Susan likes to visit her daughter in South Carolina and hopefully her son in Hawaii! Susan is also an avid animal lover who enjoys hiking with her husband and her two Dobermans.  

  Lauren Piro: Master Coach