Chris Pucella enters his first season as assistant coach for the Canisius College rowing team. In his position, Pucella will assist the women's varsity program, while serving in the role of the head coach for the men's club team.
Pucella joined the Canisius rowing staff from Marietta College in Ohio, where he served as the head coach of the men's team for seven years and was a faculty member. In his time at Marietta, his crews captured the team crown at the Dad Vail Regatta twice and medaled three other times. In his final appearance at the Dad Vail with Marietta, his Freshman Eight placed first. In that season, his crew received an invitation to compete at the 2011 IRA Collegiate National Championship.
Prior to Marietta, he was the men's freshman coach at the University of Central Florida for two years. In addition, he has coached at U.S. Rowing Development Camps in Philadelphia and at the Buffalo-based West Side Rowing Club. During the summer of 2009, he directed the U.S. Senior Heavyweight Men's Development Camp at the Westside Rowing Club.
Pucella earned both a bachelor's of arts in political science in 1997 and a master's in education in 2002 from the University at Buffalo. As a student-athlete, Pucella was a Dad Vail champion, three-time Royal Canadian Henley Cup champion, and a U.S. National Champion.