Coaching Staff

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Head Coach, Executive Director

Eric Catalano

Eric Catalano began ARION with the desire to continue his professional development while helping develop sculling athletes for international competition for USRowing. Since its inception, Cat has placed multiple athletes in the World Championship Women's 4x (2017, 2018), won multiple medals in Champ events at the Head of the Charles, as well as overseeing the development of the U-23 women's program and the ARION men's program that both produced international boats in 2018. Outside of ARION, Cat has won many races at all levels - SRAA Nationals, Youth Nationals, Junior Worlds, Henley, U-23 trials, Canadian Henley, and the Head of the Charles - and often presents at conferences about his approach to athlete growth, rigging, and many more rowing topics.

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U23 Men's Coach/Senior Team Assistant

Emanuel Valentin

Coach Manny (Ithaca College, M.S., Sports Psychology) has been with SRA & ARION since June 2017.  In that time, he's worked with several aspects of the organization, including long-term athlete curriculum development, regatta and volunteer operations, and ARION administrative duties.  Specifically with ARION, Manny has coached current athlete Michael Landuyt to a Top 3 finish at the Head of the Charles in the Champ Lightweight Single and led the 2018 Men's lightweight quad at the World Championships.  

U23 Women's Coach

Savannah Davison

Coach Savannah is a ARION team alumni who transitioned to coaching at Saratoga Rowing full-time after retirement. Savannah discovered rowing as a walk-on at Washington State University after swimming for twelve years in her hometown of Aberdeen, Washington. During her collegiate rowing career, Savannah raced two seasons in the 1V8, was named to the Pac-12 All-Team, and was a member of the seventh-place finishing team at NCAA’s - one of the program's best placements at Nationals. While at SRA, Savannah has worked with all levels of athletes from novice middle schoolers to ARION u23’s. When she’s not coaching, Savannah is likely taking photos of her cats, Meatball and Noodle, or walking with her dogs, Juno and Stevie.

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U23 Men's Spring Coach

Burt Apfelbaum

Burt brings over 35 years of successful coaching experience to our program.  Burt has coached at the high school, collegiate, club and elite levels.  During his 13 years at Shaker High School he coached athletes to State, Stotesbury and National Championships; he took two of those boys to the World Championships in the double where they had the highest finish to date for an American crew in that event.  Burt began rowing in college and continued training after college in the National Team Camp system.  He won the Championship Single at Canadian Henley.  A graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, CT, Burt is a Financial Advisor with MassMutual.

Summer 2021 ARION U19 Coaching Staff

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Head Coach

Stacey Apfelbaum

Former National Team Member and World Champion, Stacey has over 30 years of coaching experience at the high school, collegiate and club levels. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Stacey was varsity coxswain for three years before becoming involved with the US National Team. While a member of the Pioneer Valley Rowing Association, Stacey won the Head off the Charles three times, numerous National titles and Canadian Henley. As a coach, she has led crews to the podium at the NY State Championships, Stotesbury Cup, Dad Vail, SRAAs and USRowing Youth and Senior Nationals. Stacey has been a teacher at the Academy of the Holy Names for 17 years.

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Associaite Head Coach

Beth Greene

Beth Greene concluded her 10th season as a member of the Bomber staff in 2019-20. Under her guidance, Ithaca scullers have earned top finishes at the Green Mountain Head, Head of the Fish, and the Collegiate Small Boat Challenge. Her novice sweep crews fare equally well each spring, and are regular medalists at NY State Championships. Greene was part of the team that coached Emily Morley '16 at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. As a rower, Greene enjoyed an undefeated novice year with the Ithaca Bombers. She raced in the 1998 NCAA Championships, was the program’s first First-Team All-American, and earned Ithaca’s Outstanding Achievement Award as a senior. After college, Greene competed at the elite level, sculling at several National Championship, Canadian Henley, and National Team Selection Regattas. Greene graduated Ithaca College in 2000 with a BA in Drama. She maintains a CSCS designation, and instructs Emergency Health Care and Personal Fitness courses at the college.

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Assistant Coach

Jake Filby

Jacob Filby was hired as a Trinity men's rowing assistant coach in the winter of 2020. Prior to coming to Hartford, Filby coached the freshmen/novice programs at Winter Park High School and Canisius High School. He was also previously the novice coach and the head boys' coach for Unionville High School. Filby was an intern with the 2018 USRowing Men’s High Performance camp before coaching the 2019 USRowing Olympic Development Program in Sarasota, Florida. Filby coxed collegiately for the University of Delaware, helping the program win the 2017 and 2018 Men’s Points Trophies at the Dad Vail Regatta. He has also trained with Vesper Boat Club, holds a Level II Coaching Certification from USRowing, and won the 2018 University of Delaware Men’s Crew “Good Humor” award, given to the funniest athlete on the team.

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Assistant Coach

Laura Foster

  • Coaching experiences include PNRA/Mercer Novice Camps (Summer 2015); Queens' College, Cambridge Women's Third VIII+ (Winter 2019), Men's First VIII+ (Summer 2019); PNRA/Mercer Varsity Girl's Assistant (Sept 2020-present)
  • Rowing experiences include PNRA/Mercer Juniors (2009-2013); University of Michigan Women's Rowing (2013-2017); Cambridge University Women's Boat Club (2017-2020)