Crew

Crew

The Hill Athletics program creates opportunities for student-athletes to compete at the highest level of independent school sports.  We are committed to providing an experience that develops character, emphasizes teamwork, and encourages healthy lifelong habits. Within that context, Hill crew seeks to kindle in each rower, at all levels from novice to varsity, a passion for the highest standards of balanced personal, boat, and team achievement.

We believe all growth and success comes from good operational skills: we teach rowers how to develop step-by-step goals and how to achieve them, integrating mental alertness, physical toughness, technical expertise, emotional steadiness, and a cheerful approach to life and especially to adverse weather and water conditions. We strive to win races as an expression of these attributes.

Hill crew’s highest values are athletic competitiveness, an irrepressible can-do spirit, and all-around sportsmanship—three areas that we believe define the sport of rowing. Our objective metric is thus boat speed and the winning of races. Race results—and regular, honest assessment of them—reflect directly the quality of both athlete and coach preparedness, consistency, and resolve. Hill crew’s subjective metric, to be developed over the four years of a student’s rowing career, is the development of good character. A specific area worthy of note is a healthy, mutually-supportive relationship between the boys' and girls' sides of the program.
 

Hill crew strives to compete aggressively in the MAPL Championships and other May championship regattas in order to attend Scholastic Rowing Association of America Nationals, National Schools Championship Regatta, U.S. Rowing Youth Nationals, Women’s Henley Regatta (U.K.), and Henley Royal Regatta (U.K.).  Similarly, in the course of striving to provide a premier athletic experience for all, Hill Crew expects to produce college-recruitable rowers and coxswains.  That expectation rests in part on the coaches’ development of passion and skill in all our athletes and in part on making Hill competitive with peer rowing schools for recruitment and financial support of rowing talent at the time of admission to Hill.

With School support, Hill crew is engaged in ongoing study of water, land, facilities, and endowment development to support this vision over both medium- and long-term time horizons.

Schedule and Results

Opponent Date Time Location Details Result Status
vs.
Manny Flick Philadelphia
"Philadelphia, PA" Details CANCELLED
vs.
Manny Flick Philadelphia
"Camden, NJ" View Recap
vs.
Blair Academy
Paulinskill Lake View Recap Other
vs.
Manny Flick Philadelphia
TBD
"Philadelphia, PA" View Recap
vs.
Manny Flick Philadelphia
TBD
"Philadelphia, PA" View Recap
vs.
Mercer Sprints
TBD
NJ", "Mercer Lake Details
vs.
Mercer Sprints
TBD
NJ", "Mercer Lake Details
vs.
Mercer Sprints
TBD
NJ", "Mercer Lake View Recap
vs.
Cooper Cup
"Camden, NJ" Details CANCELLED
vs.
MAPL Championship at Mercer Lake
NJ", "Mercer Lake View Recap

Coaching Staff

Program Director and Head Girls' Coach: Steve Ciraolo |  sciraolo@thehill.org
Coach Ciraolo is an Athey Family Master and teaches in the Classics Department. Ciraolo attended St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia and holds a B.A. in economics and government from Cornell University, class of 1990, and an M.A. in Classics from Villanova University. Prior to his appointment at Hill, Ciraolo served on the faculty of The Baldwin School and of Tabor Academy, where he coached rowing for fourteen years, seven as program director. He took Tabor crews to Henley Women’s Regatta twice and Henley Royal Regatta four times. In the fall, he is an assistant boys’ cross country coach and he is an avid runner; in the winter he assists particularly in the running portion of the winter crew power-endurance program. In all areas of Hill Crew, he is particularly interested in fostering a culture that serves to the very highest developmental standards for all comers, from complete novices to top athletes.

Head Boys' Coach: D. Will Scully |  wscully@thehill.org
Coach Scully teaches physics and math. Scully holds a B.S. with honors in physics and German language and literature from Trinity College, class of 2014. He rowed for Simsbury High School in Simsbury, Conn. and then for Trinity, where he was captain his senior year. Since graduating, Scully has also rowed competitively in the U23 programs at Penn AC in Philadelphia and Mosman RC in Sydney. Scully has coached part-time at Simsbury, Trinity, and Middletown High School; in summer, 2018 he coached at Craftsbury Sculling Center in Craftsbury, Vermont. At Stotesbury 2018, Will’s 1V handily defeated 62 boats to win gold medals in the junior 4+ division. Will also heads up the winter crew power-endurance program, well-known on campus for its hard work and its attention to technical performance. 

Assistant Coaches
Kate Erickson
Sophia Gantenbein
Amanda Molitor
Bill Woodruff 

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News

Rowers Compete in MAPL Championship

The Hill boys' place third and Hill girls' take fourth; Girls' Novice 8 becomes first Hill boat to win a race at the MAPL Championship.

Program Director Stephen Ciraolo announced the promotion of Will Scully to head boys' coach and the addition of several new assistant coaches.

Rowing Beyond The Hill

Below are recent Hill graduates who have pursued rowing in college:

Ethan Hempel '19 - Lehigh University

Liz Buck '18 - Lehigh University

Haley Weller '17 - Syracuse University