Program Director & Head Coach


Dave Bender

After a successful coaching campaign during the Spring 2018 season, Dave has as stepped forward to assume overall leadership of Shen Crew and its competitive programs.

Growing up rowing, swimming, and diving his collegiate athletic years were spent as a Division 1 springboard and platform diver for Southern Methodist University. 

His post-grad years led him back to rowing at Argonaut RC (in Toronto) and then to Aqueduct Boat Club with whom he continues to compete. Professionally, once moving back stateside he coached the varsity boys program at Niskayuna for 3 years before going on to open Contemporary Athlete in 2012 a highly successful sport-specific training facility in Clifton Park. Dave holds a number of certifications as a coach and trainer.

When he isn’t empowering others to become their best, Dave can be found outdoors enjoying all that is offered there, generally spending time hiking the high peaks or engaged in other training or mentorship endeavors. Off the water his resume includes multiple marathons, both traditional and ultra distances, numerous trail races.


Head Modified Coach

Dave Clayman

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

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 Coaches



Danielle Duguid (Girls' Freshman & Varsity - Assistant)

Lindsay Blake (Modified Program - Assistant)

Maria Shorkey (Modified Program - Assistant)

Summer 2018 Program Coaches


Mark Rotondi

Mark Rotondi joins the Shen Crew coaching staff for the Summer of 2018.  Mark holds a Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training from Marist College and is pursing his Masters in Science in Exercise Physiology at Ithaca College. Mark is a board certified Athletic trainer and NYS certified EMT.

Mark's collegiate career was sadly shorter than planned, only the 2014-2015 season at Marist. Due to a heavy clinical requirements in pursuit of becoming an athletic trainer he was forced to focus strictly on the school end of things.  He began coaching over the summers at HRRA, and rejoined the Marist Rowing program in the spring of 2018 as a volunteer assistant coach where he combined his rowing experience with his sports medicine background.

Mark's rowing career began at Niskayuna HS where he was a team captain and year-round athlete in both sculling and sweep rowing.  As a outstanding youth oarsman he was a member of the 2013 US Rowing Jr. National Development team at Steel City Rowing Club. 

Mark is looking forward to working with the SHEN rowing program and hopes to continue sharing his passion for the sport. 


Michael Campone

Michael comes back to us as a 2018 Summer Season coach after his first successful season at the University of Delaware as a member of their lightweight team. During his Freshman campaign he won the ACRA’s championship in the Frosh 8. 

Michael started rowing at Shen Crew in 6th grade and continued on until his senior year when he graduated in 2017. During his career at Shen he placed 1st at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta, 1st at SRAA Nationals, and 3rd at Youth Nationals in the Varsity 2x. 

He loved his high school team and is happy to come back as a coach for the summer.