Phil Carney - Head
Men's Crew Coach
- A 1985 graduate of Trinity College where he was a co-captain of the Bantams varsity heavyweight crew, Phil is in his 26th year at Wesleyan and holds the rank of adjunct professor of physical education. Phil coached the frosh at Trinity for two seasons before coming to Wesleyan in 1987. Phil owns several medals won at the USRA Nationals as a member of the Pioneer Valley Rowing Association and has been active in coaching lightweight men since that time as well. He was a U.S. Rowing lightweight development coach in both 1988 and 1992. In 1993, Phil founded the Riverfront Recapture Rowing Club, a community rowing program serving the Hartford area. He continued in his role as head coach there through 1996. In the summer of 1997, Phil served as a guest coach at the Craftsbury Sculling Center in Vermont. In the summer of 1999, Phil took over the head coaching job for the Middletown parks and recreation department crew program and for several year fashioned a team that went on to compete during the fall at the Head of the Connecticut and the Head of the Charles Regattas. In 2008, all three of Phil’s varsity eight Wesleyan entries (first varsity-bronze, second varsity-silver and third varsity-bronze) captured a medal at the New England Rowing Championships.
Steve Baranoski - Assistant Coach
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- Steve Baranoski, a 2011 graduate of Marietta College in Ohio, is an assistant men's crew coach at Wesleyan for the first time in 2012-13. Last spring, he served as an assistant coach for the Wesleyan women's crew program.
A doubled major in education and Political Science at Marietta, Steve was a member of the Pioneer crew team under head coach Chris Pucella. Steve was selected to compete in the IRA Championships and medaled in numerous races throughout his rowing career including the Knecht Cup, SIRAs and the Dad Vail Regatta.
During the summer of 2012, Steve was a coach at the Middletown Park and Recreation rowing camp and worked with both youth and master rowers. He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree at Wesleyan.
Norm Graf - Associate Coach
Formerly the head crew
coach at Trinity College for nearly 20 years,
Norm Graf joined the Wesleyan coaching staff in 1995, serving as
an associate coach through 2002.
He returned to lend a hand again in 2006-07 after a four-year
hiatus and completed his second straight year with the program again in 2007-08.
He continues to lend a hand with the program on a part-time basis. A 1951 graduate of Rutgers, where he rowed for
four years, Norm also coached the Yale
lightweights for five years during the 1960s.
With an impressive 85-percent varsity winning
percentage during his tenure at Trinity, Norm led
his men's varsity crew to a 1976 victory in the
Ladies Plate event at the Henley Royal Regatta.
In recent years, Norm has spent a portion of his summers
at the Craftsbury Center in Vermont, as well as
coaching two masters women's crews to the
Canadian Masters Championship.