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 

Girls' Coaching Staff

Head Girls Coach: Kirsten Preskenis - Kirsten begins her first season this fall as Head Coach, and returns for her third year with the boys team. In addition to Farmington, Kirsten also coaches at Central Connecticut Rowing in Middletown. 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 lightweight sculler with Farmington Valley Rowing Association in Windsor, where she also serves as the team's vice president and winter training coach. Kirsten is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and a USRowing Level II Certified Coach.