Farmington Crew Coaching Staff

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Boys' Coaching Staff

Head Boys CoachLaura Butterfield, Ph.D. - Laura rowed novice thru varsity, including stroke seat, at WPI for 3 years. She has completed the USRowing level 1 and 2 coaching certification programs. In addition to being in her 14th year of coaching the FHS Crew, she is in her 20th year as a science teacher at FHS. As the head coach for 4 years, she managed all aspects of the program, and in that time was responsible for increased recruitment and retention (from 35 participants to nearly 100) and improvements in competition. She is currently the Head Boys and Varsity Coach, taking all varsity boats to silver and gold medals in the CT State Championships in Spring 2007, 2008, and 2012, and first boat to the petit finals at NERIA in Spring of 2008.  We are poised in 2020 to do it again!

Assistant Coach: Kirsten Preskenis 

Novice Boys Coach: Nick Donelan - This is Nick's first season coaching with Farmington Crew. He is attending UConn with the goal of becoming a high school history teacher. Nick rowed for four years at FHS, and graduated in 2019. Most recently, he worked as a lead counselor with the Farmington Recreation Department, and has been involved in their summer programming since 2017. 

Girls' Coaching Staff

Head Girls Coach: Kirsten Preskenis - Kirsten begins her second year this fall as Head Girls Coach, and returns for her fourth year with the boys team. Kirsten started her coaching career in 2012 at her alma mater, Stony Brook University, where she led novice and varsity crews until 2014. Most recently, Kirsten coached at Trinity College in Hartford, taking the Bantam 3V women to a 4-year program best at the NIRC. 

Aside from coaching, Kirsten has fifteen years of rowing experience at the high school, collegiate, and master levels. She learned to row and compete at Simsbury High School, then continued the sport for four more years at Stony Brook University in New York. Currently, Kirsten is a competitive sculler with Farmington Valley Rowing Association in Windsor, where she consistently medals in regattas across New England and New York. Kirsten is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and a USRowing Level II Certified Coach.

Assistant Coach: Jennifer Wagner - Jennifer begins her third season coaching with FHS Crew this fall. She rowed for Marietta College, and spent her summer breaks rowing for Vesper on Boathouse Row in Philadelphia. While at Marietta, she competed in 4's and pairs at several large regattas. After college, Jennifer rowed at the masters level until she moved to Brazil to teach. She runs marathons and triathlons, but hopes to get back into a boat soon!

Novice Girls Coach: Ryeed Khan Ryeed began rowing at East Lyme High School 10 years ago. He has done a combination of rowing and coaching at various clubs in the region but calls Blood Street Sculls home (Old Lyme, CT). He is currently attending UConn Dental School in Farmington to pursue a career in dentistry. This will be his third season coaching at FHS.