Falcon’s Crew practices in the Stony Brook Harbor, a waterfront oasis on the campus of The Knox School.
Knox Rowers Achieve World Records!
Highlighted in this image are Coach Liam Doughty and two Knox student-athletes who have broken multiple world records under Coach Doughty’s leadership during the 2019-2020 season. Featured on the left is Izzy Halpin ’22 and on the right is Jihyun (Alex) You ’23.
MEET THE COACHES
Head Crew Coach
Coach Liam knows what it takes to be a winning athlete and draws from these experiences when training our student-athletes every day.
Coach Liam first began rowing in high school where he made it to the medal podium at both states and nationals. He went on to row competitively at the University of Connecticut where he majored in Sports Management. Coach Liam continued his winning streak in college where he medaled in every race he entered, including prestigious regattas such as Head of the Fish and Head of the Housatonic. After college, he spent time at the Craftsbury Sculling Center learning from some of the top coaches and athletes in the country and then went on to coach at both Hofstra University and Stony Brook University before joining the Knox team.
His track record as a coach is as impressive as his performance as a rower. In six years coaching at the high school level, Coach Liam’s teams have won six state championships, which include seventeen crews finishing top three in the state. He was instrumental in helping our Knox student athletes bring home the first two state championships in the program’s history. This success was not limited to the state level – since Coach Liam joined The Knox School’s coaching staff, our student athletes have broken a total of six world records on the rowing machine and four of our rowers were invited to compete with the USRowing Olympic Development Program.
For all of his coaching efforts, Coach Liam continues to be recognized at the top of his game. He was named Best Coach on Long Island in 2021 by the Bethpage Federal Credit Union’s Best of L.I. and has been nominated again for 2022. This past summer, he was invited as a guest coach to the USRowing High Performance Camp.
Currently, Coach Liam is finishing his MBA from the Edinburgh Business School and serving as The Knox School’s Athletic Director. As Athletic Director, he aims to bring the same rigor to all of our athletic teams.
Coach Demi has over 8 years of experience rowing at the high school, collegiate, and master levels. In high school, her JV 4 boat medaled at The NYS Scholastic Championship, qualifying for Nationals. From there, she went on to row for The University Of Tampa where she was the member of a 2 year national winning lightweight 4 boat. In addition to team training, Coach Demi has trained independently with multiple programs throughout the states learning various rowing techniques and strategies.