Boys & Girls Crew

The Knox School is the prime location for competitive rowing on Long Island. Because the campus rests on the shore of Stony Brook Harbor, students are able to participate in this highly competitive sport in both morning and afternoon sessions. With coaches who reside on campus, and boats that launch from the campus shoreline, Knox Crew is a WINNING tradition!

Our Mission

Knox Crew seeks to promote competitive scholastic rowing as a tool to intellectually stimulate students and to better prepare student-athletes for the rigors and complexities of life through participation in physical and mental athletic training and competition.

Our Vision

To develop an interest in competitive team-based rowing as a scholar-athlete through joyful participation in a safe and positive environment. To instill a character-based program and impart an appreciation of the rigorous training process, by reinforcing genuine loyalty to each other. To create a positive and transformative experience so that rowers will leave the program leading meaningful lives. To encourage rowers to continue competitive rowing after Knox.

Image of student athlete at Knox, Long Island’s oldest boarding and day school - USA
Image of student athlete at Knox, Long Island’s oldest boarding and day school - USA

Falcons Crew is a full-year sport with training both outdoors on the water, and in our state-of-the-art indoor rowing facility with 18 ergs and a full weight room for strength and conditioning.

Our Program Features:

  • 1 College Level Erg Room
  • 30+ Boats
  • 2 Undefeated Seasons
  • 2 State Championships
  • 7 World Records
  • 3 Seasons of Sport (Fall, Winter, Spring)
  • 4 Coaches with Collegiate Rowing Experience
  • 4 Athletes in the Olympic Development Program
  • 10+ Regattas per year

Coach’s Awards 2023


D1 at University of Kansas

Congratulation, Kellyne Stephens ’22 who will row D1 for the University of Kansas Jayhawks

Best Coach on Long Island

Rowers Achieve World Records

Image of Knox rowing coach and two student-athletes

Highlighted in this image are Coach Liam Doughty and two Knox student-athletes who have broken multiple world records under Coach Doughty’s leadership. Featured on the left is Izzy Halpin ’22 and on the right is Jihyun (Alex) You ’23.


Stephanie Kilgannon
Crew Coach

Coach Stephanie's Bio

Coach Steph joins the Knox family with over 20 years in the sport. She began her crew career in 2001 as a college freshman at Stony Brook University, rowing on the same water that she coaches on for Knox today. As a rower she trained year-round, spending winter and holiday seasons at Miami Beach and summers on the Connetquot River. As a college senior her 4+ boat had a remarkable year, taking gold at several head and sprint races, as well as placing top half at the Head of the Charles.

Coach Steph held various e-board positions on the Stony Brook Crew Team and when she graduated continued with the team as Head Coach. Where previous coaches were unpaid volunteers and funding through the university was low Coach Steph proposed and was able to obtain more support for the club team from the SBU administration. Similarly, she spent a year as Head Coach for Long Island University Crew team, rallying for more support of the club team and the sport.

Coach Steph went on to be the Varsity Women’s Coach at Manhassett High School. During her time there the girls medaled several times over at Head of the Charles, New York State Scholastic Championships, Stotesbury Cup, US Rowing Nationals and Youth Nationals. Most recently Coach Steph worked as the Assistant Coach at Iona Preparatory High School. During the pandemic, tailoring virtual, off-water, and limited workouts to keep the team on track, the Men’s Jr 4+ was able to obtain gold at the 2021 New York State Invitational Championship.

Over the years Coach Steph has attended various rowing clinics and conventions and has completed her Level 1, 2 and 3 US Rowing Coach certifications. She continues to row recreationally and competitively at the master’s level.

Coach Steph also serves as our School Counselor and holds two master’s degrees in her field. She is currently applying for her PhD in Counselor Supervision and Education.