Crew Introduces new Head Coach
By: Denny Matheou
The BW Rowing Team began indoor conditioning last week at the
new wing of the CRF boathouse with brand new equipment and their
new head coach Mark Silverstein. Coach Mark accepted the
volunteer position over the winter and has worked hard to
jumpstart the program to take it to a new level. He has only
been rowing himself for just over seven years where he learned
right here on the Cuyahoga River through the Adult Learn to Row
Besides owning his own business, BWS Pack Services (BWS
assembles surgical packs for area hospitals), he is the
President/Executive Director of the Cleveland Rowing Foundation.
He has two grown children, his son is an attorney in LA, and his
daughter is a graphic designer in Chicago. She works for Midway
Games and recently designed the fighting world for the newest
Mark initiated the Row for the Cure (having raised over $45,000
for Breast Cancer over the last three years), started the
Cleveland Visually Impaired Rowing Program for adults, and
restarted Summer Urban Rowing Program for Cleveland School kids.
He is currently working with several groups to expand rowing
opportunities for all Clevelanders.
This season, Jacket Crew will travel to Ohio State, Ohio
University, Charleston WV, and Philadelphia, PA. The team is
looking very strong this year and they plan on bringing some
Although Spring season doesn’t start until the week after spring
break, the team is already looking for new people who are
interested in learning a new sport, having a good time, and
competing against colleges from all over the Midwest and east.
For more information about the team, you can contact Coach Mark
Crew Bids Farewell to Coach Dan Diangelo
By: Denny Matheou
After five years of dedicated volunteer service, Jacket Crew's
founder and first coach, Daniel Diangelo has stepped down from
the position to pursue other ambitions down south.
Through his tenure, he has built a strong and thriving
collegiate rowing program out of nothing. He woke up at 5am
every morning for seven seasons without any expectation of pay,
but out of his love for the sport.
Coach Dan began his rowing career coxing at St. Ignatius High
School and on to the University of Cincinnati. He later
transferred to Cleveland State where he pulled a team with
Baldwin Wallace in 2000. Since then, he also took coaching
positions for adaptive (visually impaired) and inner city youth
rowing teams (also volunteer positions).
The Cleveland rowing community owes a great debt of gratitude
to Dan for his dedication and hard work. He will be missed.
Last Updated On: 11/24/03 10:25pm