ROWING

Since 1984, the Deerfield Academy Boys’ Rowing program has been logging miles on the beautiful Connecticut River in their endless pursuit of excellence. While the competitive season is in the spring, many of our aspiring oarsmen will have the opportunity to learn the basics of the sport during a fall novice season. This five day per week, non-competitive co-curricular offers our students the chance to try a sport that may be completely new to them under the careful guidance of our varsity coaches. By the end of the fall, they will have developed an understanding of the fundamentals of rowing while engaging in a basic training program that will have exposed them to the physical demands of the sport. Armed with this experience, they will be prepared to make an impact on the competitive team later in the year.

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How we Compete

Our regular season features weekend competitions against other league teams in the lead up to the NEIRA Championships at the end of May in Worcester, MA. Postseason race opportunities include the US Rowing Youth National Championships and Henley Royal Regatta. 

We race fours in the highly competitive New England Interscholastic Rowing Association. Our racing season runs from March through June, starting with a spring break trip south, continuing through dual races most weekends, and culminating in the NEIRA Championship and USRowing Youth National Championship in May and June, respectively.

Where we Row

The team will spend their afternoons at the Hammerschlag Family Boathouse, located on the banks of the Connecticut River, a quick ten minute drive from campus. The Boathouse is a 5,900 square foot facility housing 20 rowing shells ranging from singles to eights. Two team rooms are equipped with ergs, free weights, and exercise and video equipment.

The middle level in the new Athletics Complex features a Rowing room with two crew tanks and an erg room with 25 ergometers.

Coaches

  1. Melanie Onufrieff

    • Head Coach - (Girls): Varsity
    • Head Coach - (Coed): Novice
  2. Spencer Washburn

    • Head Coach - (Boys): Varsity
  3. Thaddeus Bennett

    • Assistant Coach - (Boys): Varsity
    • Assistant Coach - (Girls): Varsity
  4. Samuel Chapin

    • Assistant Coach - (Boys): Varsity
    • Assistant Coach - (Coed): Novice
  5. Samuel Morris

    • Assistant Coach - (Boys): Varsity
    • Assistant Coach - (Coed): Novice

Frequently Asked Questions

Deerfield students are encouraged to step outside their comfort zone and try new experiences. If a student wishes to play a new sport, then he/she can participate in tryouts along with the other athletes, and will be placed according to their skill level. Most sports at Deerfield have multiple teams, so those new to a particular sport will usually have the opportunity to play at an appropriate level. Beginners should be sure to notify the coach if they require guidance in navigating a new sport.

Students are required to participate in a co-corricular each term. “Co-curriculars” do not necessarily have to be an interscholastic sport. Other options include community service, dance, theater, recreational sports, or even managing a sport. Additionally, students with talents in certain areas such as the arts may apply for a co-curricular exemption, in which they pursue their talent under the guidance of a Deerfield faculty member. Freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to participate in at least two terms of interscholastic athletics per year.

Varsity candidates will typically have preseason tryouts before school begins, and therefore should plan on arriving three or more days early. Coaches notify candidates during the summer if they should arrive early, and arrival dates are posted on the Deerfield Academy calendar.

Deerfield does provide laundry services for athletic clothing. Students should be aware that due to turnaround time they may want to have multiple sets of clothing to avoid any problems.

Each sport holds tryouts at the beginning of the season to determine appropriate placement for students trying out. Deerfield does its best to put all of its students in the position to succeed and grow as athletes, and these efforts are reflected in the composition of its teams.

All students, faculty, and staff can seek help from Deerfield’s skilled athletic training staff regardless of their involvement in Deerfield athletics.

Certain equipment, including game uniforms and practice clothing, is provided by the Athletic Stockroom. Some non-clothing items are also available for loan upon request, or available to purchase through the Athletic Store. Because each sport has varying equipment needs, students should be in touch with their coach or the stockroom staff when they arrive on campus. If students need to purchase athletic equipment or clothing not found in the Athletic Store or stockroom, they can usually find it at any one of several local retail stores.

Recreational sports are typically open to juniors and seniors as a co-curricular option, but some may allow underclassmen to participate with the coach’s permission.

The athletic facilities, including the gym, pool, tennis courts, and squash courts, are open to all students, faculty, and staff during their hours of operation. At the beginning of the year all students participate in an orientation that walks them through proper use of the fitness center, and all new students take a required swim test before they can use the pool. Hours for athletic facilities are posted online.

Contact Athletics

athletics@deerfield.edu
413-774-1430

Office West Gym
Mail PO Box 36
Deerfield, MA 01342