Stan Nelson

Stan Nelson - Head Coach
Stanley is a Head Coach for Rye High School Crew. Although not the original founder, he is responsible for keeping the program going and growing it to its current size today as the Rye High School Crew.

Stan assumed head coaching responsibilities prior to the team’s second season in the fall of 2007. He is now in his 12th season. During his tenure the team has grown from 10 athletes to more than 70 athletes this year, and has evolved from a club sport into a full varsity sport at the high school.

His coaching philosophy emphasizes developing the technical skills necessary to become an accomplished lifetime rower, followed by the mental and physical strength skills needed to compete at the junior level.

Stan rowed collegiately at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA for three years and also at the Penn AC boathouse in Philadelphia, PA.

He and his family have been Rye residents for the past 12 years.



Matthew Kessenich

matthew-360x360Matthew graduated from the University of Connecticut, Storrs with a degree in Physiology and Neurobiology, and a minor in Psychology.

Matthew started rowing in 2009 where he rowed for Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, VA for 3 years. He continued rowing in college for the University of Connecticut, and rowed in the top varsity boat all four years. Matthew helped revamp the program by pushing to establish a boathouse, erg room, and level of competitiveness.

In 2015, he earned 2nd at the American Collegiate Rowing Association Championships in the Varsity 2-, placed 7th at the Head of the Charles in the College 4+, and won the Head of the Fish in the Varsity 4+. In spring of 2016, he stroked the Varsity 8+ in a dual with Harvard and Boston College, made the B finals in the New England Rowing Championships, and finished 17th in the ACRA Championships out of 31 boats where he also made the Northeast All-Region Team.

Matthew has been coaching since 2012, starting with the Bull Run Rowers, a masters rowing club in Burke, VA. In the summers of 2014 and 2015, he worked with the USRowing Junior National Team in Pittsburgh, PA.


Diana Gryszkiewicz

Diana graduated from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, with a degree in Human Development in May of 2015.

She was a member of the varsity rowing team for four years, and was voted captain by her teammates for the 2014-2015 academic year. In addition to being elected captain, she received the University of Connecticut Husky Award recognizing her leadership ability and received the Drive Award recognizing her commitment to the sport of rowing during the 2014-2015 year.

Diana medaled at the Big East Conference in 2012, and medaled at the American Athletic Conference in 2014. In addition to her rowing career, Diana has five years of club coaching experience, working with master’s rowers, racing teams, and middle school programs.