Jonathan Covney - Head Coach

Jon was a member of the founding crew at McQuaid as a Freshman in 2003. That spring he was in the novice 4 that won the program's first medal, a gold at Pittsford Regatta. After graduating in 2006, Jon went on to row all four years at Ithaca College, with two appearances in the grand final at ECAC national championships. He graduated with a degree in sport studies from IC in 2010. He stayed at Ithaca to get his Masters degree and started his coaching career as a graduate assistant working with the Men's novice 8 which took bronze in the 2011 ECAC National Championship. Upon moving back to Rochester after college, Jon worked for Pittsford Crew as a varsity assistant coach to both the boys and girls programs as well as the program coordinator; in his last year at Pittsford (2015-2016) Jon was the Varsity Boys head coach. in the fall of 2016 he was named the Head coach at McQuaid, where he is starting his 7th season. In 2019 Jon was invited to be an assistant coach for the USRowing Northeast Region Olympic Development Program; he has also served as the crew coach for St. John Fisher.





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