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*Charles L. Fontana (Crew Coach, 1964-1979) - Fontana began the crew program at Canisius College, coaching the team from 1964-1979. His own crew career began at the age of 13 in 1935. He was a member of the Lafayette High School crew that won the National Eight Oared Championship in 1942. Fontana won 15 Canadian Henley medals and countless other awards. As a coach, his career included stints at Lafayette, Bishop-Timon, Canisius and St. Joe's where we coached the 1968 squad to the world youth rowing championship regatta.  Numerous New York City Metropolitan Regatta championships and frequent trips to the prestigious Dad Vale Regatta in Philadelphia gave the Canisius crew team a national reputation among small colleges.

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