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.

Stephen V. Mawn – Assistant Coach

Steve was raised within walking distance of the McQuaid boathouse and graduated from McQuaid in 1973.  He rowed four years for Georgetown University and was an assistant crew coach during his first two years at its School of Medicine.  After graduation, he trained several years in neurosurgery and later became board certified in occupational medicine.  Into his thirties he rowed for clubs in Washington (Potomac Boat Club), Buffalo (Westside Rowing Club) and New Orleans (New Orleans Rowing Club).

After receiving a law degree at Loyola University in New Orleans in 1991, Steve was assigned to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington.  While there, he advised military and federal civilian attorneys on negligence cases, lectured on medicolegal topics and served as editor of a continuing medical education publication.  Following 24 years of service in the Navy, he became the medical director of occupational health for a healthcare system in Racine, Wisconsin.   He assumed a similar position at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia then Rochester Regional Health when his family moved back to the Rochester area in 2013.  


Steve is married to Karen, a pediatrician, and they have three adult children and two grandchildren.  After a failed retirement within three months in 2021, he has been back in clinic one or two days a week and recently began assisting Head Coach Jon Covney with the McQuaid Crew.



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