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2009 Tied For Dad Vail Regatta Men's Points Trophy

2009 Tied For Dad Vail Regatta Overall Points Trophy

2008 Dad Vail Regatta Men's Points Trophy Winners

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Head Coach Chuck Crawford

Chuck competed in rowing during the sixties and seventies. As a rower, he rowed in national youth (junior) and elite lightweight championship crews that placed third in world junior championships and first in the lightweight championship.

He has served as an assistant and head coach at the high school, club and collegiate level since 1978. His first major coaching success came in 1980 while he served as Head Coach at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia, which won the Scholastic Rowing Association of America Championship and finished second at the Royal Henley Regatta in the Princess Elizabeth Cup Competition.

His successes now include coaching many national champion crews at the high school and club level, along with an earlier stint serving as the first head coach at the University of Delaware from 1991 thru 1996. He built both the Delaware men’s and women’s programs into very competitive teams in a very short time, having both programs finish in the finals at the Dad Vail Regatta before resigning to return as an assistant high school coach at St. Joseph’s Prep and head club coach at Penn AC. In 2000 the athletes he worked with at St. Joseph’s Prep won the Princess Elizabeth Cup at the Royal Henley Regatta.

Since returning to Men’s Head Coaching position at the University of Delaware in 2002, the Blue Hen crews have meteorically risen to a very competitive level. In his first year back, the lightweight varsity 8 finished second at the Dad Vail Regatta and the next year finished first in the same event. The Heavyweight Varsity has also been developing into a formidable crew.  With a strong Junior class leading the way in 2010, the Heavyweight Hens are sure to have a promising next 2 years.

Head Heavyweight Coach Joe Kleiman


Joe began his high school rowing career at the Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club. Sitting six-seat in CJRC’s heavyweight 8+, Joe and his crew won The USRowing Junior National Championship in spring 2001. He then went on to compete internationally at the Henley Royal Regatta, held in the town of Henley-on-Thames, England, where he won the Marlow Regatta and advanced to the third round in the Thames Cup.

Joe attended Rutgers University and competed in the country’s most prestigious regattas, including the Eastern Sprints and national Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta. During his novice year, Joe was honored with the “Most Outstanding Freshman” award. He was later named “Hardest Working Oarsman” and Team Captain his senior year before graduating with an undergraduate degree from Rutgers in Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology.

Joe began coaching at Delaware in 2005. In 2007, he led his freshman heavyweight 8+ to a silver medal finish at the Dad Vail Regatta and an invitation to the esteemed national IRA Championship Regatta. The following year he was promoted to head freshman coach of both the heavyweight and lightweight divisions. His 2008 lightweight 8+ and undefeated heavyweight 8+ both won gold medals at the Dad Vails and finished notably at IRAs.This past year, his frosh 8+ won the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship and earned a silver medal at the Dad Vail Championship.

Varsity Lightweight Coach Joe Federici

FedericiCoach Federici began his rowing career at St. Augustine Prep High School where he was a member of varsity lightweight eight in both his junior and senior year. During his high school tenure, Federici was a part of varsity lightweight crews that won the New Jersey State Rowing Championship (junior year) and Philadelphia City Championship (junior and senior year).

In 2001, Federici walked onto the Rutgers lightweight rowing team. During his freshman year, he was a member of the 1F lightweight eight and later rowed in the varsity eight during his sophomore and senior year. Federici was awarded the “Mason Gross Award” during his junior year for being named the team MVP and during his senior year, he served as team co-Captain with Delaware freshman coach, Joe Kleiman.

In addition to rowing for Rutgers, Federici raced for the Undine Barge Club in 2003-2004 and Penn A.C. in 2005.    

Federici earned a B.A., with honors, from Rutgers University-New Brunswick in 2005 where he majored in both History and Political Science. In 2008, Federici graduated from Rutgers University School of Law-Camden where he earned his juris doctor degree. He is currently admitted to practice law in the State of New Jersey.

After leading his Varsity Lightweight’s to victory at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship and the Dad Vail Championship in 2009, Coach Federici returns in his second year at the helm of the Varsity Lightweight squad looking to build upon last year’s strong performance.

Freshman Lightweight Coach Phil Kleiman

Phil Kleiman started rowing in high school for the Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club. Phil sat bow in CJRC’s heavyweight eight in 2004 that finished the season undefeated and won the USRowing Junior National Championship.

Phil began rowing for the University of Delaware in the fall of 2004. He raced in the Varsity Lightweight 8 for two years and competed at Eastern Sprints for four years and the IRA National Championship for three. Phil graduated in the spring of 2008 with a degree in Criminal Justice.

Kleiman began assisting the freshmen heavyweight and freshmen lightweight squads during the 2008-2009 season. Highlights from the 2009 spring include winning the S.I.R.A regatta and placing second in the freshmen heavyweight event at the Dad Vail Regatta. In his second year as assistant coach, the freshmen heavyweights placed 3rd at the S.I.R.A Regatta and 3rd at the Dad Vail Regatta. The freshmen lightweights had a solid regular season and ended their spring season combining with varsity rowers to finish second in the varsity lightweight category at the Dad Vail Regatta.

Phil is in third year coaching at Delaware. His first as the Freshmen Lightweight Coach.

Coach John Williams

John L. Williams came to the UD program in 2001 after two years of coaching while in law school at Emory University. He has coached primarily the heavyweight freshman since, both as head-freshman coach and assistant, all his crews have made the finals of the Dad Vail regatta.

From 1990 to 1994, John Williams rowed for the Wilmington Youth Rowing Association. He then rowed for Williams College, where he won the New England Championship in 1996, finished third in the ECAC regatta, competed twice at Henley-on-Thames, as a spare-pair and in the Temple Challenge Cup. Notably, in 1997, his eight set the course record at the Head of the Charles regatta in the Club Eight event, that is still standing, ten years later. In 2003 he won the Head of the Charles again, this time in the Club Single event after starting 44th in a field of 57. He still competes with the Wilmington Rowing Center master's crew.

When he is not rowing, he is a Delaware lawyer who practices law and manages The Williams Law Firm, P.A. and incorporates and forms Delaware LLCs through Agents and Corporations, Inc. He is licensed to practice law in Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.