Background: Joe started rowing in 1972 at Father Judge High School in Philadelphia. He has been an Undine member since 1977, served as Undine’s assistant coach from 1992-1994, and head coach since 1995.
Coaching highlights (US National Team):
- 2000, 2001, and 2007 LM4x Coach at World Championships
- 2003 LW2- National Team Coach (the 2003 LW2- was the first Undine women’s crew to compete internationally)
- 2006 LM2x Coach at World Championships
- 2015 U23 LM4x World Championships
Coaching highlights (Canadian Henley):
- 1995, Men’s Senior Quad, first place
- 1999 and 2005, Men’s Lightweight Quad, first place
- 1999, Men’s Senior Double, first place
- 1999 and 2005, Men’s Lightweight Double, first place
- 2001, Men’s Championship Single, first place
- 1974 Men’s Youth Eight, Head of the Charles Champions
- 1986 Men’s Double US Sports Festival Bronze Medalist
- 1988 and 1989 Men’s Senior Quad US National Champion
- 1989 Men’s Senior Eight US National Champion
- Undine men winning 94 medals in national championship competition since 1995 including 37 gold, 30 silver, and 27 bronze medals
- Undine athletes winning national championships in the men’s intermediate light single for five consecutive years (2000 to 2004)
- Undine men’s light quad being named club crew of the year in 1999 by the Independent Rowing News
- Undine athletes winning elite national championships in the men’s double, men’s quad, and light men’s quad in 1999
Mike Naughton, Assistant Coach
Background: Mike started rowing at La Salle College High School in Wyndmoor, PA. He rowed sweep as an undergraduate student at the University of Miami, and learned to scull at the Lake Merritt Rowing Club while in graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley. Mike competed for Undine for seven years, from 1995-2002.
Since 1995, Mike has worked at Nielsen-Kellerman, manufacturer of rowing electronics. He is currently Director of Product Management and has been a major contributor to the development of every product since 1999, including the CoxBox, SpeedCoach XL, SpeedCoach GPS, and Interval.
- 2004 LW2x Coach of 2nd place finishers in Olympic trials, who went on to earn bronze at World Championships
- 2005 LW4x Coach of Canadian Henley Gold Medalists
- 2006 US LM2x Coach at Lucerne World Cup
- 2006 DOM LM1x Coach at World Championships
- 2006 LW4+ Coach of Head of Charles Champions
- 2007 US LW1x Coach at U23 World Championships – 2007 LW4+ Coach of Head of Charles Champions
- 1999 Elite LM4x US Champion
- 1999 LM4x Canadian Henley Champion
- 2000 Elite LM2- US Champion
- 2001 Elite LM2- US Champion
- 2001 M4x Competitor Princeton World Cup
- Being named club crew of the year by the Independent Rowing News in 1999.
- Winning the LM2- at Elite Nationals in back-to-back years with different pair partners.
- The big pile of medals won by our small group of women at Elite and Club Nationals in 2008
Christopher McElroy, Assistant Coach
Background: Christopher McElroy rowed for St. Joseph’s Prep and Northeastern University. Chris has won multiple National Championships as a lightweight sculler and continues to race competitively. Chris is currently on staff at William Penn Charter School as a Sculling Coach.
He began coaching at St. Joseph’s Prep in 1991 through 1996 and then again from 2008 through 2010. In 1995, he joined St. Joseph’s University’s men’s coaching staff through 1999. He has also been on staff at Mount St. Joseph Academy between 2010 and 2014. During the early ’90s, he resurrected the Penn A.C. Junior Rowing program. Before his return to Undine, he coached at Penn Athletic Club, Crescent Boat Club and Malta Boat Club between 1991 and 2014.
- 2003 USA M2x Coach at Junior World Championships
- 2013 USA LM4x Coach at World Championships
- 2015 USA LM4x Coach at U23 World Championships
- 2015 PUR LM1x Coach at World Championships
- 1999 Senior M4x and LM4x US National Champion
- Advancing from an Intermediate to Senior to Elite status as a Lightweight Sculler in one weekend at Syracuse, in 1999
- Coached numerous scholastic and collegiate crews to Stotesbury and Dad Vail Championships