We believe in building life skills like teamwork, determination and physical fitness while exercising character traits that encourage young adults to passionately pursue personal achievement.
Rowing is also known to provide scholarships and recruitment opportunities to the top Universities in the world such as Harvard, Yale and Princeton to name a few. The chances of college scholarship for Rowing is 2:1 vs. Lacrosse at 48:1
We strive to provide a great way to get involved in the community and meet new friends while building skills and reaching fitness goals. Physical fitness, learning new skills and achieving goals have an incredible impact on all aspects of people's lives. We believe rowing can make people feel better about themselves and help establish meaningful friendships.
The village of Port Jefferson and James have worked together since November of 2018 to bring rowing to the Harborfront and surrounding communities. Previously James coached college level at Harvard University where he was responsible for the development of freshman/novice rowers and lower level varsity boats. A 2010 Rutgers University graduate, Finke immediately found interest in coaching with St. Anthony's High School, a private catholic school in Long Island, NY. There he developed his passion for teaching the rowing stroke and being a student of the sport. In a short time, Finke found himself as head coach and managing all aspects of a program. His time at St. Anthony's was highlighted by a New York State championship in the Men's Senior Varsity 8+, a first for the school. While at Rutgers, Finke found the sport as a novice and was influenced by his coach Chris DeYoung. He attributes a lot of his success to the basics he learned while at Rutgers.From 2010-2015, Finke helped programs such as Hofstra University, Manhasset High School and Port Rowing to success.
Anna MacDonald is an adventurous coach, athlete, educator and practicing artist. In high school she hiked above the arctic circle with four international friends and participated in a row around Long Island to promote environmentalism. As a four-year collegiate NCAA Division I oarswoman at Dartmouth College, MacDonald became the first novice freshman to seatrace into the first varsity womens' 8 and compete at Nationals in the spring of '99. She earned several team awards, medaled at the Head of the Charles (Club Four '00) and was nominated NCAA scholar athlete in '02. After serving Dartmouth College as Faculty Intern, she was hosted by the Universität der Künste where she practiced sculpture in Berlin, Germany with the aid of a Fulbright scholarship. While in Berlin, MacDonald also competed for Herta 03 in Germany's club soccer Verbandsliga. Upon earning her MFA in Sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art, MacDonald provided photographic documentation for an archaeological dig in Albania for the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, and taught boat-building carpentry to at-risk youth through the Living Classrooms Foundations in Baltimore, MD. She continued her career as a freelance artist in Seattle, WA where MacDonald also taught sculpture at Seattle Pacific University, and served the University of Washington’s DXArts Program as Instructional Technician. MacDonald is currently employed by the Stony Brook School, where she serves as the Visual Arts Chair, coaches soccer, and hopes to generate more interest in the sport of rowing. She competes with the Port Jefferson Masters Program and is a dedicated wife and mother of three.
Growing up I was always an athlete, I grew up playing multiple sports and fascinated by all sports. In college I joined the cycling club at Stony Brook University and that’s when my cycling career began. I have worked really hard in becoming a competitive cyclist, and along my career I have picked up Duathalon racing along with Triathlon racing. I have participated in several races earning my spot on the podium in each race. I am now a dual athlete, and have won many individual races in the sport. In the season of 2018, I won three consecutive races in a row for first place for Duathalon racing. Which resulted me in earning a spot to race at the USAT Northeastern Regionals. After receiving the honor to race at regionals. I immediately began training like never before. In July 2019, I raced in my first USAT professional Duathalon race in Massachusetts for the USAT. I placed second place in the race, earning my spot to race in Nationals with hopes to making the Olympics. In 2017 I decided to take the CrossFit level 1 and since then I have been coaching athletes along the way. I love to coach, it brings me joy when those who I have coach accomplish their goals. As a coach I have learned to listen to my athletes and work hand in hand to meet their needs. One of my biggest joys as a coach is interacting with my athletes on a daily basis, and listening to their personal goals and working alongside them to achieve their goals. That’s what makes it all worth while as a coach the community and time spend with each and every athlete.
Loriana is currently attending Stony Brook University for her Masters of Arts in Teaching. She recently received a B.S in Biology and Psychology with a minor in chemistry. Loriana started her rowing career when she transferred to Stony Brook from Bucknell University in 2017. She quickly became infatuated with the sport and enjoyed learning the technique behind the rowing stroke. Her passion for the team sport encouraged her to become a member of the Executive Board for Stony Brook University Crew where she learned what it takes to run a rowing club. This, along with her love of teaching, inspired her to start coaching at Port Jefferson Rowing.