Junior Rowers

PCRA offers two programs for junior rowers, the race team and the development team.

The race team competes at many regional, national, and international regattas including:  NY State Championships, Youth Nationals, Royal Canadian Henley, and the Head of the Charles Regatta.

We have proudly graduated youth over the years from our junior program to schools such as: University of Virginia, Michigan, University of Delaware, Syracuse, Boston University, Boston College, UMass, Holy Cross, NYU, Bowdoin, Trinity, Williams, Bucknell, Canisius, Fairfield, Georgetown, Ithaca, and all of the Ivy Leagues.

PCRA offers a development team program for athletes in the 7th and 8th grade. This program focuses on teaching the fundamentals of rowing, producing athletes who row well and are prepared for the race team.


We have a dedicated and talented coaching staff which promotes integrity, discipline, hard work, skills development, health, happiness, and fun.

Head Girls Coach – Kendell Donoho

With an MA in Graphic Communications from NYU and a position as Production Manager at a global branding company, Kendell was well on her way in a career in design and communications, yet she couldn’t stop thinking about rowing.  Kendell missed coaching and working with PCRA’s young athletes part time ultimately did not prove to be enough. When she decided to pursue her passion full time, the club jumped at the chance to bring her on board.

Kendell has coached at both PCRA and the New York Athletic Club. She found rowing as a Novice walk on at UConn, finishing her first year at the D1 program in the varsity eight. Collegiate rowing brought numerous awards and medals, (including the Husky Award for leadership, friendship and dedication) and produced two USRowing Selection Camp invites  -both Freshman Camp and Pre-Elite & Development Camp in her senior year. Graduate work in New York City led to 7 more years of rowing at the New York Athletic Club where she was one of the Womens 8+ who brought home a bronze medal at the 2009 Elite Nationals, behind USA A and B. Equally proficient in the art of sculling as sweeping, Kendell has also competed in multiple National Selection Regattas and the Pan Am trials in a 2x.  Her numerous medals at the elite level include gold from multiple Canadian Henley’s and Club Nationals.

Head Boys Coach- Trish Patterson

PCRA is pleased to announce that Trish Patterson has agreed to be our  Head Boys Coach this summer. Trish brings a wealth of experience to PCRA, and is excited to step in and lead the boys team while we complete our search for a full time Head Boys Coach.

Trish has been involved in rowing for 38 years, both as competitor and coach. Her rowing career began at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire and continued at the collegiate level for Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Moving to Chicago, Trish rowed as a master with Lincoln Park Boat Club for many years competing in Midwest regattas as well as Head of the Charles and Masters Nationals. Now a resident of New York, Trish rows out of the New York Athletic Club.

As a coach, Trish has taught both youth and masters programs since 2000. Her collegiate coaching experience includes Northwestern University as well as Sarah Lawrence College.

Trish is also an Official and Referee, which gives her both an interesting perspective as well as a broad reach in the rowing community. A perspective and reach that aligns with our dedication to delivering a competitive racing program, alongside our community rowing aspirations.