Port Rowing Coaches

At Port Rowing, we combine over 100 years of coaching experience under one program. All coaches work together to help our athletes to develop into rowers, as well as build an appreciation for the sport, become young leaders and develop a strong work ethic. Rowing is one of America's oldest sports, and it began here in New York. We work to continue that great history and help each child develop his/her own legacy.

Michiel Bartman - Director of Rowing & Head Coach

Michiel BartmanCoach Michiel Bartman brings tremendous experience in both rowing and coaching to the club. He comes to us most recently from Harvard University, where he was the Head Coach for the men’s and women’s lightweight teams. While at Harvard, he led his teams to 4 Eastern Sprints Championship titles and 8 medals at the IRA National Championship.

Prior to coaching at Harvard, Coach Bartman was Head Coach at Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia. Vesper Boat Club is one of the oldest and most prestigious rowing organizations in the country. While there, his team won numerous awards at both the national and international level.

As an oarsman, Coach Bartman’s career was both long and distinguished. A member of the Dutch National Team, he won several World Championship and World Cup medals, but the highlight of his career were winning 3 Olympic medals. He won a gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics (in the men’s eight), a silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics (in the quadruple sculls), and a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games (in the men’s eight).

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Isa Rahman - Head Women's Coach

Isa head photoIsa joins us from Saratoga Rowing Association, where he has spent the last 5 years. While at SRA he coached boats to numerous New York State Championships in both rowing and sculling. In addition to success at the state level, he has coached boats to finals and medals at Canadian Henley, Canadian Schoolboys, Scholastic Nationals, National Schools, and Stotesbury Cup. He has also coached and assisted at USRowing Jr. B sculling Camps.

Prior to coaching in Saratoga Isa has coached juniors and middle school level athletes in rowing and has coached wrestling at the Moses Brown School in Providence RI. As a 4 year letterman on the Brown University crew team, Isa learned under head coach Paul Cooke, freshman coach Luke McGee, and Joel Scrogin. He was introduced to the sport of rowing at Tabor Academy.

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Holly Byrne - Executive Director & Adaptive Team Manager

Holly headshotHolly joined the Port Rowing family first as a parent of the inaugural team and later as Executive Director. Her role at Port Rowing is a perfect blending of her background in non-profit management, fitness, and as a naturalist. While not a rower yet, Holly has extensive experience in the fitness industry as teacher, trainer, and manager holding several industry certifications. Holly currently works with local non-profit groups as stewards of parks in Port Washington. Holly is passionate about promoting the abilities of the adaptive rowing team and witnessing the progress and joy the participants experience in the program.

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Anne Ross - Middle School Coach

Anne RossAnne Ross has been part of port rowing since its existence. Her oldest son started crew with the program and is now a senior at Columbia still part of the rowing team. Her daughter was part of the program for 6 years. Remaining is her tenth grade and an 8th grade sons. Anne became part of the port rowing masters team 7 years ago. She competed in a 4 and won silver at the Head of the Schuylkill. As years went by her interest and participation in rowing are still strong. Her years of learning and teaching martial arts have helped her to improve her rowing technique, focus and endurance. She is happy to pass on her knowledge to the middle school. 

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Amanda Gregus - Assistant Coach

AG headshotAmanda is a recent graduate from Schreiber High School and Port Rowing, where she rowed for four years. During her time on the team, she won multiple silver and bronze medals at Long Island Championships, as well as a bronze at NY State Championships, in the Women’s V4+, in 2016. In 2013 she rowed at the Head of the Charles, and returned again as an alternate in 2015. Amanda has been working with the adaptive program for almost three years and looks forward to expanding her reach within the team. She is now attending St. John’s University and is proud to be back with Port Rowing.

Jordan Martin - Assistant Coach

Jordan graduated from Schreiber High School in 2014 and spent the last two years of his high school career with Port Rowing.  During his time with Port Rowing he secured medals in multiple events including Men’s V4+, Men’s V8+ and Men’s V4x.  After graduating High School, Jordan went on to spend two years at Clarkson University, where he joined their rowing team.  During his time with Clarkson Crew, Jordan helped coach the collegiate rowing novices and he also sat on the Clarkson Crew Executive Board as Treasurer for his second year with the team.  Jordan is currently taking classes at Nassau Community College, working towards a degree in mechanical engineering.

Michael Small - Assistant Coach

Mike rowed for SUNY Albany from '86 through '88. During the summers of '86 and '87, he also rowed for Al Borghard at Sagamore Rowing in Huntington, competing and medaling in several NY Empire State Games. More recently, Mike assisted with Port Rowing's Middle School and Masters Programs. In the Summer of 2012, Mike started the Learn-to-Row for adults for Port Rowing with incredible success. Mike assists Port Rowing's developmental program and has the Masters competing in several races. Mike currently resides in Port Washington, NY with his wife and 3 children.  His son Austin has graduated from Port Rowing, and is now competing at the College level. Mike and his wife Mary both row for the Port Rowing's Masters team.

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