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Sam Bradford

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Head Boys Coach

Sam began rowing in high school at the Gunnery where he served as team captain his junior and senior years. He went on to row another four years at Connecticut College where he served as team captain and received Most Improved and MVP awards as well as the recipient of multiple medals in national championship regattas. Sam was a National Team candidate and accepted into training camp for World Championships. He was a Gold Medalist in U.S. Rowing Assoc. (USRA) National Championships rowing for the Vesper Boat Club of Philadelphia in the Men’s Heavyweight Four with Coxswain, affiliated with the New Haven Rowing Club and winner of the Northeast Regional Regatta in the Men’s Heavyweight Eight, Bronze Medalist in the USRA Masters National Championships in the Men’s Heavyweight Singles, and Gold medalist in the elite singles at the inaugural Audi International Sprints on the Charles River, Boston MA.

In 2022, Sam was inducted into the Connecticut College Athletics Hall of Fame.

Jeff Smith

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Novice Boys Asst. Coach

Jeff has been associated with GHS crew since 2015 as a team member parent, FOGRI board member (Safety, Nominating and Competition Committees) and as a volunteer coach for the boys novice team. 

His Glastonbury athletics coaching journey includes Youth Football, Hartwell Soccer, Youth Wrestling and GHS Boys Novice crew.

Riverfront Recapture's rowing program is where Jeff was first introduced to the sport in the early '90's. His certifications include CIAC coaching, Safesport, Red Cross First Aid, AED ,Concussion and US Rowing Referee

Jeff is an avid runner, dedicated gym rat, well known dog lover and in awe of the GHS rowing coaching staff.

Jeff is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University where he played football and wrestled.

Brian Speers

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Junior Varsity Girls Coach

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Joe Pecoraro

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Junior Varsity Boys Coach

Joe rowed for Saint John’s University and the New York Athletic Club from 1975-1979. Joe rowed Eights and Fours, and was the recipient of eight first place medals including Freshman Four Metropolitan Intercollegiate NYRA Championship and Freshman Eight LI Sound Intercollegiate Championship. Participation in annual rowing events included head races in Philadelphia, Boston, and Connecticut, Frostbites and Dad Vail Regattas.

Pre-retirement, Joe served as CFO/VP Finance with major corporations such as Pittway Corp/Honeywell, Oncore Mfg/Golden Gate Capital, Arthur Andersen & Co.

In his free time, Joe served as Scoutmaster Boy Scout Troop 474 Guilford (70 families) from 2001 -2007 and has been an active backpacker including high adventure trips along Appalachian Trail and Alaska Talkeetna Region. He has been married to his high school sweetheart for 43 years and proud parents of two children living in NY & Boston. Joe is an active drummer in various shoreline bands covering various music genres as well as active boat owner and lover of the water.
 

Jason Post

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Head Girls Coach

Jason has a strong background in crew having rowed for 4 years at GHS and 4 years at UCONN. While studying Healthcare Management and business at UCONN, he maintained a successful rowing career collecting various medals from races across the Northeast. He rowed in nearly every seat in the 1V and 2V boats at UCONN and was also instrumental in the management of the team during his final two years. During his senior year, he also took up the role of novice coach, helping his coaches teach the incoming class. Jason is currently attending the Graduate Business School at UCONN, pursuing a master's degree in Business Analytics and Project Management. He works part-time as a database management with VKEYO analytics. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking, learning new practical skill, reading and programming. 

Sean M. Peoples

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Novice Boys Coach

Sean was a novice men’s heavy weight 8 coxswain at Connecticut College and went on in his sophomore and and the fall of junior years to cox a J.V. heavy 4 and Varsity heavy 8.  In the spring of his senior year he was the coxswain of the Varsity light-weight 8 that won the New England Championship and a silver medal at the Dad Vail U.S. Small College Championship in Philadelphia in the Spring of 1983. Sean returned to coach a freshmen lightweight 8 and J.V. four at Connecticut College from 1983-84.  Sean was a substitute coxswain while attending graduate school at Columbia University in 1984-85.  He has coached various crews at Glastonbury High School from 2002 to the present.

Julia Canova

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Novice Girls Coach

Julia Canova is an assistant coach for GHS, coaching the novice girls. She started her rowing career in 2011 with the learn to row program at Riverfront Recapture. She started rowing for Avon High School her freshman year, and rowed there for her full high school career. Starting her sophomore year, she was rowing with the first varsity, often as a stroke seat or 2 seat, and with her high school crew rowed at the head of the Charles regatta in 2013. After graduating, she was recruited to row for Franklin Pierce University on their D2 team, where she rowed in the head of the Charles 2 more times in the 3 seasons she participated there. She continues to row recreationally, sculling at Riverfront during the summers. From sculling to sweep, singles to eights, she’s done it all. She is currently an art teacher at Ellington High School. In her free time she enjoys rock climbing, making art, and cooking and baking. 

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