Love rowing? Want to share your rowing passion with others? Want to make a little extra money on the side while enjoying the beauty of the outdoors? Interested in becoming a Charger coach? The Chargers are looking to hire additional novice and experienced coaches for Spring, Summer and Fall of 2016. Never coached before? Don’t worry, we’ll train you! Simply complete the attached application and submit! We’ll be in contact with you shortly.

Read about our AMAZING staff of coaches!  Former collegiate athletes and masters of the sport to enthusiastic and talented newcomers – the Chargers have the biggest and best staff of coaches around to help you learn about the sport of rowing or send you off to victory!


Dave Cusano


David has been involved in the sport of rowing since 1992. David is a 1994 graduate of Liverpool High School, where he began rowing as a sophomore and continued through his senior year.  In college he rowed for the SUNY University of Buffalo where he was voted Most Valuable Lightweight for the program in 1999.

Following graduation from the University of Buffalo, he moved to Toledo (Ohio) where he wore several hats, including time as coach of the Toledo Rowing Club’s Masters and Summer Junior programs, as well as the Toledo Rowing Club treasurer. He also served as Head Coach of the Anthony Wayne High School rowing program. While in Ohio, he earned Level III coaching certification through the United States Rowing Association and continues to be an active member of the USRA.

He is currently the Head/Varsity Coach of Fayetteville-Manlius H.S. rowing program where he began coaching during the 2005 season. He coached both the Novice Girl’s and Novice Boy’s programs, then became the Boy’s Varsity Coach in 2006 and the Head Coach in 2007. Dave’s crews have had multiple successes during his tenure!

He currently serves as both the Boathouse/Equipment Director for the CHARGERS and the treasurer of the New York State Scholastic Rowing Association.


Val Manzo

Screen Shot 2014-06-07 at 7.33.44 PMCoach Manzo started her rowing career with Liverpool High School from 2000-2003. She then went on to row and coach for Clarkson University. After completing her BA and MS in education, Coach Manzo returned to Liverpool as head coach in 2009 for the Liverpool High School Girls’ Varsity team.

Along with coaching for Liverpool in the spring, Coach Manzo also coaches in the summer and fall for the Syracuse Chargers. Coach Manzo enjoys sharing her passion for the sport of rowing with others.


Megan Garvey


Megan rowed four years at Liverpool High School and six years for the Chargers Rowing Club. She has coached at Liverpool High School for two years working with both the Men’s and Women’s novice teams.  She has also coached for three years at Baldwinsville High School working with both the Varsity and Novice teams. She is currently also serving as the lead coach for the Le Moyne Club program.


Peter Budmen

peterPeter has rowed with the Chargers for almost thirteen years. Peter started in the Chargers Youth Learn to Row and has participated in about every program since. Peter also rowed under Coach Larry Laszlo and Anthony Morris at Liverpool High School where he had success in the Lightweight category.

Peter has been coaching for the Chargers Rowing Club since 2012. Peter is a rising senior at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. There he is majoring in Public Policy, minoring in Biology, and working on his Teaching Certification for grades 1-6/Special Education.


Casey Kohler


Casey has been coaching for the Chargers Rowing Club since 2012. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in May of 2014 in Childhood Education from SUNY Cortland.

Casey has also coached both the men’s and women’s rowing teams of Fayetteville Manlius High School during their winter training season. Casey is very much looking forward to shaping the minds of Charger rowers, young and old!