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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Kevin O'Brien - Head Novice Coach

Kevin OBrienKevin, a Long Island native, began his rowing career at St. Anthony's HS where he received a variety of accolades including 3 NY State Championships, NJ State Championships, the Head of the Charles regatta and many more. Kevin was recruited by UC Berkeley (Cal) where he honed his skill and gained a deeper knowledge of rowing under head coach Steve Gladstone and freshman coach Geoff Bond. Kevin enjoyed continued success at the collegiate level by winning his second Head of the Charles, a gold medal at the PAC-10 Championships, a silver medal at the IRA National Championship and competed at Henley Royal Regatta in England. After college, Kevin went on to coach the varsity women's team at Arlington HS in Poughkeepsie, NY, where he utilized his knowledge and experience in the sport to help coach and prepare his team to a Section 9 Championship and a strong showing at NY States. Kevin sees joining Port Rowing as an exciting new chapter in his coaching career, where he will share his knowledge, experience and passion for the sport of rowing.

Alex Acuna - Middle School Coach

AlexAlex is a recent graduate from Stony Brook University. Born and raised on Long Island, she started rowing at East End Rowing Institute, where she was trained in the art of sculling. She later became a coach for youth and adult learn-to-row programs where she taught beginners of all ages the fundamentals of rowing. Alex went on to sweep in the Women's Varsity four and the Women's Varsity pair at Stony Brook University where she medalled in regattas including the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference Championship. Alex's passion for the sport continues to grow and she is proud to become a part of the Port Rowing team.

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Eva Tamkin - Assistant Middle School Coach

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Eva has been a rower at Port Rowing for five years. During her time rowing, she has won multiple gold and silvers at Long Island Championships, silver at NY states, and rowed at Youth Nationals at Sarasota, FL in 2015 in the lightweight 4+. As a middle schooler, she stroked a 4+ that won the North American B/C Championships and rowed in the novice finals of NY States. She is currently a senior at Paul D. Schreiber High School.

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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