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Executive Director and Head Coach
Varsity Boys Coach

Sean O'Brien


coach imageSean graduated from Shenendehowa High School in 2000. During high school he spent most of his time as a coxswain, and became the men's team captain during his senior year.

Sean attended the University at Albany, where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration in 2004. During his time at college he returned to Shenendehowa as an Assistant Coach. There he spent 3 years coaching both freshman/novice boys and girls, modified, and spent time with varsity crews.

After college Sean accepted a position as Head Men's Coach at Schenectady rowing club in 2004, and became the team's Head Coach in 2006 coaching both the Varsity Men and Women. Sean was able to bring much success to Schenectady with the teams first ever Sectional and State Championship in his first year there.

Sean currently works at Dick's Sporting Goods and is excited to have the chance to return to Shen Crew.


Varsity Girls Coach
Mike Gilbert



Mike joined our Shen Crew family on June 30, 2015 as varsity girls coach  and will be working with Coach Sean to refine and develop our training program at all levels.  

Coach Mikes resume is impressive and extensive.  Some highlights from his 22 years as a college and high school level coach include stints some of the top teams in the region including  Hamilton College in Clinton, CRI in Boston, and both Saratoga and Niskyuna in the Capital District.  His crews have won an impressive 30 national medals, three Charles medals and one Henley title.  In addition he has developed training programs designed to increase proprioception, performance, and prevent injuries.  We are very excited to be able to add such an experienced and successful coach to our roster and look forward to utilizing his skill and experience to bring our club to the next level.


Head Modified Coach and Modified Boys

Dave Clayman


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Coach Dave Clayman has joined Shen rowing to lead the Modified program. Coach Dave was the head coach at SGS Rowing.  Prior to coaching at SGS, Coach Dave coached at Schenectady, Niskayuna, and Aqueduct Rowing. He has 20 years of coaching and 40 years of rowing experience going back to the days of wooden boats and wooden oars.  Coach Dave continues to row his single and club boats with Aqueduct Rowing Club. Coach Dave is a retired Mechanical Engineer.


Assistant Modified Coach

Sarah Wells


coach image Sarah graduated from Schenectady High School in 2009 and is currently taking a year off after attending Schenectady County Community College pursuing a degree in Human Resources.

Sarah rowed with Schenectady Rowing Club from 2004 to 2009, attending two high intensity training camps, one in her sophomore year, the second as a junior. Also, during her junior year her 4+ finished with a bronze medal in the New York State Championships. She continued to row in college while coaching for SGS Rowing Club.


Assistant Modified Coach

Lindsay Blake



Assistant Modified Coach

Maria Shorkey