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*Charles Fontana, Crew Coach (1964-1979)

  • He started the crew program and coached the team until 1979
  • Member of the Lafayette High School crew that won the National Eight Oared championship in 1942
  • Would also coach high school teams in Lafayette, Bishop-Timon, Canisius and St. Joe's, where he coached them to a world youth rowing championship regatta in 1968
  • Earned numerous NYC Metropolitan Regatta championships and frequent trips to the prestigious Dad Vale Regatta in Philadelphia, which helped give the crew team a national reputation among small colleges
  • First member of the crew program, and its first coach, inducted in the Hall of Fame

 


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