Men’s crew debuted as a club sport at Fordham in 1915. After a hiatus caused by World War I, crew resumed in 1957, beginning a half-century of successful competition. The team has competed at the IRA National Championships, the Henley Royal Regatta and the San Diego Crew Classic, with victories at both the IRA and San Diego. The focal point of the spring racing season is the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, the largest collegiate regatta in the nation. Fordham men’s crews have captured medals at 11 of the last 14 Dad Vail Regattas in either the varsity eight, varsity lightweight eight or lightweight four, with three championships in the four (2001, 2004, 2007), two in the lightweight eight (2002, 2008) and one in the heavyweight eight (2009).
Fordham Crew trains at the Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse on the Harlem River, under the direction of head coach Ted Bonanno. During Bonanno’s 24-year tenure, Fordham has had 10 undefeated crews and 16 national championships, 10 at the Dad Vail, three at the ECAC National Invitational Collegiate Regatta, one each at the Division-I national championships, IRA Championship and US Rowing Collegiate Championships. In the off-season, Coach Bonanno has run a senior national team development camp that produced numerous U.S. National and Canadian Henley championships. As a competitor, he participated on the US national team in the 1970s. Bonanno has also served as the head coach of the Puerto Rican, Guatemalan and Indian Olympic rowing teams.
Over the years, with Bonanno at the helm, several crews have shown great success. In the 2008 season, Fordham’s top men’s eight capped an undefeated regular season as a lightweight crew with a victory at the Dad Vail Regatta. At the 2009 Head of the Charles, Fordham took home the gold and shattered the course record by nearly 10 seconds in the Collegiate Four event, defeating Notre Dame, University of Toronto, defending champion Michigan and 32 other crews. In the spring of 2009, Fordham competed throughout the season as a heavyweight eight, placing third at the Dad Vail.
Become a Team Member!
The team is divided into frosh/novice and varsity squads and heavyweights and lightweights train together. The varsity squad is made up of upperclassmen and those freshmen who demonstrate an ability to compete at the varsity level. Frosh/Novice rowers include both those who are new to the sport, and incoming recruited freshmen who are not rowing in the top varsity crews. Many members of Fordham’s championship crews began their careers as novices at Fordham.
Fordham Men's Crew always encourages new students to join. Interested high school rowers should fill out the Prospective High School Athlete Form. High school students are highly encouraged to contact Coach Bonanno or Coach Dawe with any questions about our men’s rowing program. If you are currently a student at Fordham, you can get involved with Fordham Men's Crew by contacting Coach Bonanno or Coach Michelson.