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About Coach Ted Bonanno
Ted Bonanno has served as head crew coach for both the men’s and women’s programs at Fordham University since 1989. During this time, his crews have medaled at the Dad Vail in eighteen consecutive seasons and nine of his crews have had undefeated seasons. Ted’s Fordham crews have won seventeen national championships, including a Division I National Collegiate Championship, the I.R.A National Championship, eleven at the Dad Vail Championship, and three at the ECAC National Collegiate Invitational Regatta. His crews have also won the San Diego Crew Classic, Augusta Invitational and the Varsity Open Four title at the Atlantic-10 Championships six times.
Ted has taken Fordham crews overseas to the Henley Royal Regatta four times and the Women’s Henley Regatta twice. His Fordham team has also raced and trained in Ireland, winning the Galway Regatta in 1999. In addition to his responsibilities as Head Coach, Ted also serves as Assistant Athletic Director at Fordham.
Ted began his college coaching career at Rutgers University in 1970 and directed their lightweight program to its best team performance at the Eastern Sprints in school history. He served as head coach and director of rowing for Columbia University for eight years during which time his varsity heavyweight eight won the nationally acclaimed Rusty Callow Award and produced the school’s top four finishes at the I.R.A. in the last 77 years.
During his outstanding collegiate coaching career, Ted has also been actively involved in domestic and international rowing. While he was a head coach of the New York Athletic Club, his crews won more than 500 medals at the US Nationals, and Canadian Henley. He has also run Senior National Team Olympic Development Camps for the United States Rowing Association during seven summer seasons and produced gold medal performances at US Nationals and Canadian Henley each year. Ted directed the Nereid Boat Club’s summer program for four years, and brought Nereid to national prominence with a second place finish in men’s and women’s rowing at the 2002 US Rowing Championships. More recently, he is directing the summer program for the New York Rowing Association from the Peter J. Sharp Boathouse.
Internationally, Ted rowed on the U.S. National Team in the 1970’s and has continued competing world wide as head coach of national teams for Puerto Rico, Guatemala, and India. He has been selected to coach at four Olympic Games, including the 2000 Games in Sydney, Australia. In addition, Ted has competed in five World Championships and two Pan American Games.
In addition to coaching, Ted has served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the U.S. Rowing Association, and chaired the National Lightweight Rowing Committee. He is currently serving as chair of rowing coaches for the Atlantic-10 Conference.
Ted lives with his wife Barbara, near the Fordham Campus, in the neighborhood where he was raised, the Country Club section of the Bronx.
About Coach Nick Dawe
Recent US National Team athlete, Nick Dawe, enters his fourth year on the Fordham Rowing staff as the Recruiting Coordinator/ Assistant Coach.  Dawe began his career at Fordham in 2010 as the Women's Freshmen/Novice coach and led one of the largest novice squads in Fordham Women's Rowing history to a strong finish in the Novice Eight at the 2011 Dad Vail Championship.  In his second year, Dawe was elevated to full-time assistant coach and recruiting coordinator and helped Fordham Rowing break an all time record at the 2012 Dad Vail Championship with seven crews advancing to the Saturday semi-final and grand-final racing.  Dawe, working closely with Ted Bonanno helped develop all seven of the Dad Vail semi-finalist crews.
Dawe began rowing as a freshman in high school for the Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club. He helped lead his team to four undefeated regular seasons, 7 gold medals at the Midwest Regional Junior Championships, gold and silver medals in varsity heavyweight 8 at the 2004 and 2005 US Rowing Youth National Championship and a fourth place finish in this event in 2006. He also competed in the Princess Elizabeth Cup at the 2005 Henley Royal Regatta in Great Britain advancing to the quarter-finals. As co-captain his senior year, Nick won the Cincinnati IndoorRowing Championship and was awarded a St. Xavier High School Most Valuable Player award.
As a collegiate athlete, Dawe continued his rowing career at Dartmouth College on the Men's Lightweight Crew.  He was part of a very successful freshmen crew (5-1 dual race record) and continued on as a three year member of the first varsity eight.  He twice competed in the lightweight 8 grand finals of the IRA National Championship and finished 4th in the varsity lightweight 8 at the 2010 Eastern Sprints Championship.  Dawe also served as Commodore of the Lightweight Crew and Vice-President of the Dartmouth Rowing Club his senior year.  Dawe received the "Timothy Ryerson Outstanding Freshmen Oarsmen" award for his athletic performance and leadership role on the freshmen team.  The following year he was awarded the "Class of 1990 Underclassman of the Year" award for his achievements as a sophomore on the varsity squad.  In addition to his stellar collegiate athletic career and while a full time student at Dartmouth, Nick also worked for Rowing News Magazine in Lebanon, NH throughout 2008.
Nick has twice competed at an elite level. Most recently in 2012, Dawe competed for the United States at the World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria in the four seat of the US Lightweight 8. During the summer of 2009, he was a member of Riverside Boat Club's elite summer program and competed in their top priority lightweight crews at the Royal Canadian Henley finishing 2nd in both the U23 Lightweight 4- and Senior Lightweight 8.
About Coach Veli Etropolski
Coach Veli Etropolski begins his first year on the Fordham coaching staff at the Varsity Men’s Assistant Coach. Coach Etropolski has over forty years of experience as a rowing competitor and coach. As a former member of the Bulgaria National Team he has repetitively established himself as a National Champion. Prior to Fordham, Veli served as an assistant rowing coach at Blair Academy in Blairstown, NJ as well as the Penn Athletic Club in Philadelphia, PA. From the years 1980 to 1985 he coached the CSKA “Tzcherveno Zname” Juniors where they earned five gold medals and 3 second place finishes at the Bulgaria National Championships. As a member of the same club from 1968 – 1986, Coach Etropolski earned eleven first place finishes and six second place finishes at the Bulgaria National Championships.
In addition to his experience in rowing, Coach Etropolski is also an avid skier and has over twenty years of experience as an alpine ski coach. He also has a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics, Hydrogeology, and Engineering Geology.
About Coach Trevor Michelson
For the 2013-2014 season, Coach Trevor Michelson enters his first year as head of the Men’s Frosh/Novice squad. Trevor is a recent graduate of Wesleyan University, where he spent four years in the Varsity 8+ and captained the team his senior year. He lead Wesleyan to their most successful season in nearly a decade.
Trevor first met Fordham University’s Head Coach Ted Bonanno while in High School. Ted had an enormous influence on his rowing career, where as a junior he won the New York State Championships in the Junior 4x and earned a bid to the USRowing Youth National Championships.
At Wesleyan, Trevor was an integral member of the Varsity 8+ for four years. His most notable results include two 10-2 dual seasons, 2 victories at the Head of the Housatonic in the Men’s 8+, a 2nd place finish at the Head of the Charles in the Men’s Collegiate 4+, and a 4th place finish at the New England Rowing Championships. Trevor won numerous awards while at Wesleyan University; the Captains Oar, Founders Oar (MVP), and Peter Coffey award twice, and was selected First Team All-Sportmanship and First Team All-NESCAC his senior year.
In the summers, Trevor Competed for both the New York Athletic Club and Vesper Boat Club, winning numerous medals at the USRowing Club National Championships. He is currently training with the New York Athletic Club, where he recently won 2 National Championships in the lightweight 4+ and 8+ respectively, and a Canadian Henley Gold in the Senior Lightweight 8+.

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