Rowing Coaches

Ethan Curren: Director of Rowing

Ethan Curren Director of Rowing and Head Coach

Ethan Curren joined  Genesee Waterways Center in 2015 as our Director of Rowing. Coach Curren spent 22 years at Community Rowing Inc. (CRI) in Brighton, MA, where more than 100 medals were won at the USRowing Club Championships under his tenure. He was integral in helping CRI grow to be the largest rowing club in North America.

While at CRI, Ethan helped build a vibrant adult sweep program. Serving at various times as the head coach of recreational sweep and competitive masters, he has worked with rowers of all ages and skill levels. He also designed and coached the sculling programs at CRI, and has extensive experience coaching both novice and experienced scullers.

Coach Curren also served as the Director of Coaching Education at CRI, helping to start the Institution for Rowing Leadership (IRL), a graduate level program in rowing coaching. At IRL he taught courses on training plan design, mental preparation for rowing and program design, and orchestrated extensive lecture series, round tables and professional development conferences for coaches.

He has served on the USRowing Youth committee since 2001 as well as the USRowing education committee and the Junior Women’s Committee. He has been honored as the Junior Coach of the Year from the Joy of Sculling, runner up for Coach of the Year from Rowing News and received a lifetime service award from the SRA Junior Conference.

Jon Covney

Jon is the Head Coach for McQuaid’s Friends of Scholastic Rowing team. He joined McQuaid’s program in the fall of 2016 after being the Program Coordinator and Boys Head Coach at Pittsford Crew for the past few years.

Jon is also an Alumnus of McQuaid, where he rowed for four years. He also competed for Ithaca College for four years.
Jon is a USRowing Level II Coach.

Emily Farrar

Emily is the Head Coach for Mercy Crew and will be coaching our experienced masters this summer.

Emily rowed for Pittsford Crew throughout high school. She then rowed for the University of Tulsa (a Division 1 school), competing on the varsity team for four years. She is a proficient sculler as well, competing at numerous regattas in singles, doubles and quads. Emily is a USRowing Level II Coach and is pursuing continued coaching education.

Dennis Fronheiser

Dennis has been a member of the Genesee Waterways Center since  its inception in 1996 and prior with the Rochester Rowing Club.  He is a USRowing Coach Level II and US Rowing Judge-Referee. Dennis does pretty much all the boat repairs around GWC, and contributes in invaluable ways across many of GWC, from facilities to livery to safety to programming.