More than two dozen Haverford School students will continue their athletic careers at their respective colleges and universities. Director of Athletics Michael Murphy hosted a virtual celebration to honor the boys’ commitment to their athletic careers and wish them well as they transition to their respective colleges and universities this fall.
Head Coach: Jon Stephanik
National Rowing Hall of Fame inductee and 50-year Haverford School rowing coach Jim Barker handed the reins of The Haverford School's storied crew program to Jon Stephanik, who began as head coach in 2013. In 2015, Stephanik was awarded the School's inaugural endowed Martinelli Family Chair of Rowing.
Stephanik was a three-sport athlete through high school and went on to row at Syracuse University as a four-year varsity letterman. He began coaching at The Episcopal Academy in 2003 and joined Rutgers University in 2011 as the heavyweight freshman coach.
Haverford's crew program has long operated at a high level of success. I've tried to add an additional layer of structure and set expectations for the boys, parents, and alumni. This helps with goal setting, establishing parameters for the program, and gauging our progress. I want the boys to get the most of of their school experience while learning the life lessons that crew provides - time management, discovering your limits, and formulating strategies to break through those limits to achieve new levels physically and mentally. Head Coach Jon Stephanik
The Haverford School crew team christened a new rowing shell to honor retiring Upper School English and history teacher W.D. Ehrhart on June 2, 2019 at the Conshohocken Rowing Center.
More than two dozen Haverford students will continue their athletic careers at their respective colleges and universities in 11 different sports. Go Fords!
The Haverford School crew team and Friends of Haverford School Rowing christened two rowing shells honoring outgoing Head of Upper School Matthew A. Green and former Head of Upper School Donald J. McBride. The boats are strong additions to the long tradition of Haverford School crew, and will contribute to the continued success of the sport, the team, and the James J. Barker Sculling Center.
Thirty student-athletes from the Class of 2018 will be playing sports for their respective colleges and universities this fall.
The Haverford School's first competitive boat took to the Schuylkill River in 1938 and won the Schoolboy Eight. Since then, Haverford Crew has produced hundreds of medal winners and competed in Canada, England, Europe, Israel, and Egypt. During the 1980s and 1990s, Haverford Crew won the Boys Varsity Quad 18 straight years. Winning more than 100 Scholastic Championships, 75 Stotesbury Championships, and 300 Philadelphia city and local championships, our program is one of the most successful in the country.
Haverford is part of the PSRA, Philadelphia Scholastic Rowing Association. We compete in the Philadelphia Flicks Series that consists of over 30 permanent members and close to 80 associate members, resulting as one of the most competitive leagues in the country. The League concludes its season with the Philadelphia City Championships. Haverford Crew is also a perennial competitor at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta and Scholastic Nationals, and went to the Henley Royal Regatta in England in 2017.
Haverford moved into its state-of-the-art rowing facility in October 2014. The Conshohocken Rowing Center is a 6-bay building that houses The Haverford School, Malvern Preparatory School, and the Borough of Conshohocken. The operation of the building is a public/private relationship that will encourage local and youth rowing. Prior to 2014, Haverford rowed out of Undine Barge Club on Boat House Row in Philadelphia.
For more information about The James J. Barker Sculling Center, named for National Rowing Hall of Fame inductee and 50-year Haverford School coaching veteran Jim Barker, visit the Conshohocken Rowing Center website.
A recent issue of Haverford School Today, our school magazine, highlighted the history of the rowing program and the traditions of sportsmanship, excellence, and competition.
Important dates and upcoming events:
All boys interested in rowing with the Haverford Crew this spring should email Coach Stephanik.
Important information for Spring 2021:
For any additional information or questions reach out to Coach Stephanik. Go Fords!