Coach Steve Hetman began his rowing career in 2007 as a walk on rower for O’Neill High school where he fell in love with the sport. During his time there he earned several awards for his team as well as competing for several of the other local programs and building a strong and diverse foundation in sculling and sweep rowing.
Following high school Coach Steve attended Drexel University, after receiving a scholarship from the Division 1 rowing program as well as the United States Army as part of their Reserve Officer Training Corps, ROTC. During college, he coached at his former high school while working as an engineering intern in Rockland County.
During the three years Coach Steve was Assistant Coach at O’Neill the team achieved the highest success rate in its history. A highlight moment was in 2012 when every boat that went on the water achieved podium finishes at every local race, including an appearance at the New York State Finals in the Lightweight girls 4+ finishing 4th overall. After graduating Drexel University with a Bachelor’s of Science, Coach Steve took 2 years off from rowing to focus on his military training including attending the Army Engineering School at Fort Leonard-Wood, Missouri where he further developed his leadership style.
Coach Steve joined the Viking family in August of 2016 as both the Youth and Masters Head and has had a profoundly positive impact. Since his arrival, CCRA has continued to grow and improve exponentially. With the support of CCRA members and the hard work and dedication of every rower, the Vikings Masters have seen dramatically improved finishes at head races in the fall. This effort is shown in the Youth Program as well. In the 2017 Spring season our Boys team finished 1st in the Division C Varsity 8+, and 3rd in the Division C lightweight 4+ with the team earning podium finishes all the way. Our girls team went undefeated for the entire spring season earning 1st place in Division C in the Varsity 4+ and going on to be the HVRL Champions.
Coach Steve has a philosophy of row smarter, and he, along with CCRA, firmly believes that a person’s background or financial standing should never be a limiting factor of their success. He sees rowing as an opportunity for every member of the community to build confidence, physical strength and expand their horizons.
Assistant Masters Instructor
Jonathan rowed his freshman year at Cornell. The following summer, he trained with the NYAC Crew and raced in their Intermediate Lightweight Eight which won Silver at the Empire State Games and Bronze at Nationals. He learned to scull during the summer of 2014, at HRRA in Poughkeepsie, and joined CCRA that August. Since then he has been active instructing Novice Masters and rowing hard with men and women who share his desire to become better, stronger, faster, and healthier rowers, amidst Nature’s Beauty.
Row to Music Instructor
Michele started rowing shortly after CCRA was formed. The timing was perfect because she and her husband had just become empty nesters with two kids off to college. She has been a constant presence at the Row to Music sessions so it was a perfect fit when the opportunity came up for her to start leading R2M in the fall of 2016. Michele enjoys preparing high energy music for each class and teaching newcomers the basics of rowing.
Little Vikings & Row to Music Coach
Coach Amy joined CCRA in 2013 as a two-for-one deal, bringing her then 6 year old daughter, Norah, along with her as much as possible. In 2015 she started the Little Vikings program as a way of nurturing younger rowers’ interest in the sport and giving them the experience of being out on our beautiful local waterways. Amy loves sharing eclectic music playlists during her indoor Row to Music sessions and encouraging rowers to find their untapped inner strength.
Row to Music Instructor