Our Mission Statement

"Friends of Shenendehowa Crew, Inc. is committed to providing opportunities to develop and instill positive values amongst members of the local community through the unique sport of rowing." 

The Friends of Shen Crew Club (FOSC)


FOSC is organized to promote, support, and operate the rowing program at Shenendehowa High School. Established in 1994, Shenendehowa Crew is a growing program that annually involves about 95 student-athletes per season.

We row out of the Burnt Hills boathouse at: 

801 Maritime Drive

Alplaus, NY  12008. 

The Club is recognized for its top-quality coaching staff, its dedicated athletes, and its success in local, regional, and national competitions.

Shenendehowa Crew athletes also are outstanding students who are strongly committed to academics; the discipline and time-management skills needed to become an outstanding athlete often translate into excellence in schoolwork.

Not-For-Profit Club Status

The FOSC are a 501c3 not-for-profit organization established under New York not-for-profit law, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.  Club sports in the Shenendehowa School District do not receive financial aid from the school or the county, hence Shen Crew relies on community spirit and generosity to support the athletes' goals.  All donations are tax deductible

Safesport Committee

PURPOSE: To establish guidelines and universal rules for acceptable behaviors and procedures to ensure a safe and productive environment for all rowing members of FOSC.

Is there something you want to bring to the attention of the Safesport committee?  Please, send us an email at: SafeSport@shencrew.com

FOSC Seasonal Rowing Programs - what we offer

Shen Crew Programs

We field Grades 6-12 Scholastic teams with year-round training, plus Learn-To-Row in the summer

Spring : Early March to early June. Coaches continue the momentum from the previous seasons to prepare athletes for championship racing season. Races are side by side and just under a mile long. Many HS races involve travel to top races of Stotesbury Cup in Philadelphia, and SRAA Nationals in addition to local state championship races. Middle school teams do not travel but local races and scrimmages are focus at this level to gain racing experience

Summer : Late June to mid August in various capacities. HS summer program includes one away race and early morning practices. Coaches begin to prepare athletes for the Fall whether they are just learning or fine tuning.  Middle school practice follows HS for mid morning on the water and cardio. We also offer town 2-week Learn to Row camps.  An opportunity to race at the Canadian Henley (first full week of August) is possible depending on interest of team.

Fall : Starts in late August for High School /early September for Middle school and both end early November.  Coaches focus on technique and endurance. Races are timed against the clock and are longer distance (2-3 miles) than in the Spring.  Athletes participate in a Rowathon fundraiser in beginning of season. All regattas are local with the exception of one travel regatta for HS teams in October, and a select travel regatta to the Head of the Charles in Boston, MA

Winter : Starts in late November through early March in various activities. We use a local gym for the HS athletes to train after school five days a week on ergs, weights, and other exercise equipment.  The focus is on continuing to build strength and technique developed in the Summer and Fall and prepare for the Spring Sprint season. Middle school teams focus on cardio and bodyweight circuit training three times a week in on of the Middle School gyms and ergs when possible

Friends of Shenendehowa Crew Board of Directors

Executive Board - Officers

Mark Smrstik, President


Gregg Brown, Vice-President


Jen Leonard, Treasurer


Scott McDonald, Secretary


At-Large Directors