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Crew Board of Directors


John Brewer
Program Director


 Jen Grobe
     Head of Fundraising

Robin Brewer
Marketing &





Pat McDonald
Club Treasurer


Allyson Babcock



Denise Kerns

Club Consultant





Allan Brinton
Club Consultant


 Laura Brinton
     Club Consultant





Board of Directors:

John Brewer –Program Director
Jen Grobe - Head of Fundraising
Robin Brewer - Marketing & Communications
Pat McDonald - Club Treasurer
Allyson Babcock - Equipment and Transportation Coordinator
Denise Kerns - Club Consultant
Allan Brinton - Club Consultant
Laura Brinton - Club Consultant

Advisory Board:

Bill Lamb: [email protected] / 610-420-0715

Head Coach, St. Joseph's Preparatory School 1983-2008

Advisor for LaSalle Rowing and Archbishop Carrol Crew 2009-2015

Bill Lamb graduated from the Prep in 1979 and St. Joseph’s University in 1983. He first joined the Prep coaching staff in 1981. Under his leadership, Prep Crew grew into arguably the largest and most consistently successful junior rowing team in the nation. Rowers from his tenure have gone on to row at every Ivy League University as well as Cal-Berkeley, Northeastern, Syracuse, the U.S. Naval Academy and many other Division I institutions. Among his protégés are multiple U.S. Olympians and several more junior and senior national team members. Among his team's top accomplishments are a complete sweep of every 8-oared event at Stotesbury in 1997, the Royal Henley Championship in 2000, and a staggering 4 consecutive national titles for the lightweights from 1997-2000. Also, swept the Stotes in 2008.  Bill is now self employed owner of a pharma component manufacturing company in Ambler, Pa

Maria McDevitt: [email protected]

Assistant Freshman Coach, St. Joseph’s University

Head Coach, Owen J Roberts High School

Maria is a Philadelphia University graduate, where she rowed all 4 years.  Her freshman year, 2006, was the University’s first year having a program. She rowed in the Frosh 8 that spring which won Dad Vail gold. Her sophomore, junior, and senior year she raced for Philadelphia University at the NCAA championships.

Her passion for rowing Post College led her to coaching the sport at Owen J Roberts High School, where she initiated the program and served as assistant coach for 1 year and head coach for 4 years.  Maria is currently the assistant freshman coach at St. Joseph’s University and an active member at the University Barge Club on Boathouse Row in Philadelphia.  Maria continues to row and compete at the pre-elite level.

Jay Cavalcanto: ij[email protected]

Experienced Rower and Great Valley School District Resident

Drexel University – Collegiate Division I Rower

Drexel University – Alumni Rower

Jay is a Drexel University graduate, where he rowed for four years.  At Drexel, an injury sidelined him from baseball.  He had no prior experience with crew and rowed his first year as a novice.  Jay was instantly hooked on this iconic sport.  He made the varsity boat his next 3 years at Drexel and loved every minute of it.  Every part of his college experience was wrapped around rowing and so much of who he is today came from his time on the rowing team.  Jay is now the IT Vice President of Cloud and Infrastructure Engineering at Exelon and has served on a variety of boards both professionally and for housing communities.  Hs is married with two children in the Great Valley School District and currently rows with the Drexel Alumni program.

Annette Herceg: [email protected] / 609-707-3971

Former Board member of Haddon Township, NJ Crew Club, 3 years

Presently team Liaison for Junior Men’s Team – Drexel University

Parent of State Champion winning HS Rower, Named Captain in 2012, now rowing at the collegiate Division I level at Drexel University

Haddon Township is a sculling program with an unmistakable launch of competitive success, during Annette’s tenure.  The Program quickly went from a novice team to a state champion in three years.  Annette has extensive experience with fundraising for her Crew Club.  She also has experience with board-school relationships and she served in the roles of fundraising, board meetings pertaining to equipment, facilities, coaches, and was the travel coordinator. 

Patrick McDonnell: [email protected] / 484-459-5314

Rowing Coach, Archbishop Prendegrast H.S., March 2006 – June 2010 (4 years 4 months) Drexel Hill, PA

Asst. Rowing Coach, Drexel University, September 2002 – May 2005 (2 years 9 months) Philadelphia, PA

Assistant Men's Varsity Coach until spring 2003, then Men's Freshman/Novice Coach to spring 2005

Pat rowed all four years at Father Judge High School in Philadelphia, PA.  Then he went on to row at Drexel University, and become their Assistant Rowing Coach for three years before becoming Drexel’s Men’s Freshman and Novice Coach from 2003-2005.  After leaving Drexel he coached at Archbishop Prendergast for over 4 years.  Pat is now married with a child working in Project Management for a Mechanical Company in West Chester, PA.

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