Andy McLaughlin Appointed Girls Varsity Coach

McLaughlinI am very excited to let you know that Andy McLaughlin will take over as the girls varsity coach starting this fall. After an extensive external search we found the answer within our own coaching staff.

Andy began his rowing career at Hanover High School back in 2006. He rowed with the program for three years and made several appearances at NEIRA.

Andy attended Skidmore College where he continued to row. During his three years in the varsity boat he earned medals at the Head of the Fish, and competed at Dad Vails and ECACs. He was elected captain his senior year, and graduated with a BS in Exercise Science in 2012.

Andy has been a JV and novice coach with Brookline and Riverside for two years and we are very excited for him to take over the girls team this fall.

Katy Ruderman
Program Director
Head Coach, Boys Rowing
Riverside Boat Club Juniors
Brookline High School, Brookline, MA

Brookline High rowers asking for support in annual Crew-a-thon

By Alex Friedman
Posted Mar. 10, 2014 @ 7:54 am

Sunday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Brookline High School rowing team will be walking around Brookline, answering questions and collecting tax-deductible donations for the 18th annual Crew-a-thon.

Brookline High girls varsity rowers at winter training in Austin, Texas: Camille Newsom, Sophia Rintell, Hallee Wong, Sara Feldstein-Nixon, Nora Redgrave, Kate Finnerty, Abigail Herscovici, Celia Cumminsky and Sofia Ordonez. Contributed photo
Brookline High girls varsity rowers at winter training in Austin, Texas: Camille Newsom, Sophia Rintell, Hallee Wong, Sara Feldstein-Nixon, Nora Redgrave, Kate Finnerty, Abigail Herscovici, Celia Cumminsky and Sofia Ordonez. Contributed photo

Each year the team needs to raise $50,000 to fund boats, oars and coaches’ salaries, not covered by the high school’s athletic department. The Crew-a-thon, which raises about two-fifths of the total funds, is one of the ways that the team fundraises for the expensive sport. The students provide their own uniforms and their families donate generously to the program.

Last year the team sent seven boys to the U.S Youth Nationals Championships in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Jordi Cabanas, class of 2015, and Jack Ruske, class of 2013, won the gold medal for the lightweight double, making the pair first in the nation. In 2011, the girls team sent a lightweight double to the A finals at Nationals. The boys team also won silver medals for all three eights at the Massachusetts Public School Spring State Championship Regatta last year.

The Brookline High School crew team was founded in 1904, making it one of the oldest in the country, and has consistently been one of the top public school teams in New England. Rowing has increased in popularity at the high school over the past few years, now attracting about one-fifth of the school’s spring athletes with more than 130 rowers this year.

In preparation for the upcoming season, members of the nationally recognized team went to Austin, Texas, over February vacation to get some time on the water while the Charles River’s ice continues to thaw. The team hopes to get out onto the water as soon as possible, but until then, the rowers will continue working out indoors.

The Brookline rowers are excited to reach out to the community again and are thankful for the last 18 years of continuous, generous support from their neighbors.

For more information, please go to

The Friends of Brookline Rowing operates under the Brookline Community Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, please send it to:

Steven Herscovici, treasurer
Friends of Brookline Rowing
87 Thorndike St.
Brookline, MA 02446

Checks can be made out to Friends of Brookline Rowing/BCF

You will receive a receipt for your donation.

Alex Friedman is a senior at Brookline High School.

Crew-a-thon, Sunday, March 23rd

Attention Brookline Rowers and families, mark your calendars. The much awaited 2014 Crew-a-thon is scheduled for Sunday, March 23rd from10:00 am to 3:00pm. This teams most important fundraising event.

This is a MANDATORY and FUN event for ALL rowers.  As always there will be LOTS of FOOD.

More details to follow.

See you all there!

Novice Parents and Coaches Meeting – March 10

There will be an informational meeting for the parents of Novice Rowers on March 10th, from 7:00-8:30pm at the BHS Cafeteria. We will also cover a lot of valuable information which will be very helpful to you and your athlete throughout the season. Don’t miss this meeting!

Tentative Agenda:

– Overview of BHS Crew
– Introduction and presentation by coaching staff
– Spring Regatta schedule
– Food Committee (very important)
– Friends of Brookline Rowing Overview
– Crew-a-thon
– Questions and answers from parents
– Breakout session with coaches
– Carpool arrangement by parents

BHS Winter Training 2014

Sign ups for Winter Training 2014 are now open to Varsity and Novice athletes. Click on the Winter Training tab above and select the Varsity or Novice link to register.

If you have any questions contact;

Katy Ruderman
Boys Coach & Program Director

Lenni Coffman
Girls Coach