Our Coaches 2017-11-21T12:05:11+00:00

Our Coaches

Rochester Boat Club is delighted to have the following coaches on staff:

Anthony Petrella
Anthony PetrellaCoach Anthony
What do you like best about rowing?
“What I enjoy about rowing has changed significantly over the past several years. As my relationship with the sport evolves from rower to coach, I find myself enjoying the therapy it provides more and more. There’s nothing more calming than a quiet summer morning on the canal with a train passing by. All you can hear is the chug-a-lug of the engine and the thump of collars locking in at the catch. It’s peaceful and I try to show my athletes that side of rowing.”

What other hobbies do you have besides rowing/coaching?
“I love gardening and spending time outside. I try and spend most of my free time meditating or learning something new.”

How did you become interested in rowing?
“My older sister was the one who got me into rowing. She rowed for Fairport Crew and I wanted to do everything she did when I was younger.”

Jordan Short
Jordan ShortCoach Jordan
What do you like best about rowing?
The team camaraderie. In rowing it’s not about how good you are as an individual, it’s what you bring to the team and what the team brings to you. Good rowing comes from being able to trust and rely on your fellow teammates and vice versa. I’ve always been drawn to this aspect of the sport.

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us.
I played trumpet for about 8 years before coming to college. I had the great opportunity to play at the White House and Carnegie Hall!

What other hobbies do you have besides rowing/ coaching?
I’m a BIG movie fan. I love going out to the movies. I’ve also recently started making short films with my friends which has been a lot of fun! I also enjoy sailing, biking and hiking.

How did you become interested in rowing?
I had played baseball all the way up through high school and I was looking to try something new. One of my school administrators I knew outside of class suggested I try rowing because it was challenging and because I’d get to spend time on the Connecticut river. I started my freshman year, and I’ve been hooked since! I rowed competitively in high school and college.

Maddie Davidoff
Maddie DavidoffCoach Maddie
What do you like best about rowing?
How diverse it can be. Rowing is a sport suitable for anyone regardless of age, fitness level, or physical ability. I love meeting new people, so RBC is a great place for that!

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us.
I am a crazy cat lady. I LOVE cats.

What other hobbies do you have besides rowing/ coaching?
I play the flute, piccolo, and ukulele. In my free time, I enjoy reading, crafting, and finding new coffee shops in Rochester!

How did you become interested in rowing?
One of my close friends convinced me to join during my freshman year of high school. I started as a rower and absolutely hated it. Following my first season, my coach asked me to be a coxswain for summer learn to row programs which sparked my passion for the sport! I coxed through the rest of high school, then made the switch to rowing in college.