Head Coach & Varsity Girls Coach
Coach Schenk returns to Bishop O’Connell Crew as the head of the crew program and varsity girl’s coach. During his prior tenure with O’Connell, he served as the varsity girl’s coach for two years and the assistance boy’s coach for one year. Before returning to Bishop O’Connell, Coach Schenk was the assistant girl’s coach for Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, where he helped the girl’s 2nd varsity 8 qualify for the finals at the Stotesbury Regatta in 2014. He also brings coaching experience at the collegiate and club level as the freshman men’s coach at American University and the head coach of Capital Adaptive Rowing Program for physically and mentally disabled rowers. Coach Schenk began his rowing career at Bucknell University and Penn State University. He holds an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and is the co-owner and COO of Finish Line Shell Repair, the premier rowing shell repair facility and pre-owned rowing shell sales company on the east coast.
Varsity Boys Coach
Greg Smith began his rowing career in Marietta, GA for St. Andrew's Rowing Club in 2004. Since then, he attended Trinity College in Hartford, CT, where he competed on the varsity men's crew team. During his time at Trinity, Greg competed in many prestigious races, such as New England Championships, Princeton Chase, Head of the Charles, Knecht Cup, ECACs, and the Royal Henley Regatta. Greg also competed on the Penn AC Men's Lightweight Sculling Team in the summers, and raced at regattas such as Canadian Henley and Club Nationals. Post-grad, Greg continued his rowing career for Potomac Boat Club, and recently completed a successful fall season. Greg completed the most recent spring season as the men's varsity crew coach at St. Johns College High School.
Laura Saracina, a native of Falls Church, VA, graduated from Bishop O’Connell in 2010 where she was a member of the varsity swimming and rowing teams. As a Knight, she spent two years as a rower before transitioning to the coxswain seat, finishing her career as a captain and MVP award recipient. Following graduation, she continued her rowing career as a coxswain and two year captain for the women’s rowing team at Villanova University, where she studied Political Science with concentrations in International Relations and Pre-Law. During her time at Villanova she competed in major regattas such as the Dad Vail Regatta, Head of the Charles, the Big East Championship, and San Diego Crew Classic. After graduating in the spring of 2014, Laura has been working full time with the National Waste & Recycling Association with plans to attend law school next fall. She joins the coaching staff with hopes of bringing her passion, energy and experience in the sport of rowing with the pride she has for the O’Connell community.