Director of Rowing/Men’s Head Coach
Christopher Register was named Director of Rowing/Men’s Head Coach at Bolles in 2017. Register returns to Bolles after leading the Stanton-River Bank Rowing program the last two years.
He served as the Bolles Women’s Varsity Head Coach from 2010-15 with former Director of Rowing Oli Rosenbladt. He also assisted in running the Men’s Junior National Team High Performance Rowing Camp during the summer of 2015 and expanded on that role in 2016, coaching the men’s eight to a win at the CanAmMex regatta.
“I learned so much from Oli and I am very excited to be back at Bolles and give back to such a great program,” Register said. “I am excited to see what great things we can do here—we have terrific kids and a beautiful facility—it’s a place where rowing can thrive.”
Register began his rowing career at Stanton College Prep. During his four years at Stanton, he medaled at Scholastic Rowing Nationals twice. He placed fourth in the Freshman 8+ in 2003, second in the Men's 4+ in 2005, and first in the Men's 4+ during his senior year.
Register continued his rowing and academic career at Mercyhurst College where he rowed as a varsity lightweight. He medaled at the Dad Vail Regatta four years consecutively, placing first on three occasions. He placed third in the Lightweight 8+ in 2007, first in the Lightweight 4+ in 2008 and 2009, and first in the Lightweight 8+ in 2010. During the summer of 2009, he represented Mercyhurst at the English Henley Royal Regatta placing second to Oxford in the Men's 4-. Later that summer, Register placed third in the Canadian Henley Regatta in the Under-23 Men's Pair.
Women’s Rowing Head Coach
Conny Kirsch was named Women's Rowing Head Coach at The Bolles School in 2019. Kirsch joins Director of Rowing/Men's Head Coach Chris Register in helping guide Bolles' year-round, nationally competitive, interscholastic and club rowing program.
Kirsch brings extensive experience as a coach and athlete at the international and collegiate levels. Her 16 years as a college coach include serving as an assistant at the University of Massachusetts, Indiana University and most recently at UCF. At UCF, she helped the Knights to five consecutive conference team titles, guided the 2V8+ to four straight titles from 2015-2018 and coached the V4+ to a conference title in 2019. At Indiana, she served as the lead recruiter and coordinator, working with athletes from around the world. She helped the Hoosiers’ 2nd Varsity Eight to the most wins in program history in 2011. Kirsch began her college coaching career at UMass, coaching freshmen, varsity four and lightweight rowers as well as coordinating team travel and recruiting.
Kirsch has coached rowers from age 13 to masters. She guided masters rowers at the Greater Columbus (Ohio) Rowing Association in the summer of 2006. She recently worked with youth scullers in USRowing’s Southeast Junior Olympic Development camp, held at Bolles. Since 2007, Kirsch has coached at the Junior B Sculling Development Camps in Saratoga Springs, New York, and Orlando.
As an athlete, Kirsch won two junior world titles as a member of the German National Team. She won gold in the 4x- boat in 1995 and 2x in 1997. She also earned silver in the 2x boat in 1998. In her collegiate career at Ohio State University, Kirsch earned First Team All-America honors and was named Big Ten Co-athlete of the year as a senior in 2002 and was a three-time First Team All-Big Ten selection. She was named an Ohio State Scholar Athlete in 1999, 2001 and 2002.
Kirsch received her master’s degree in Counselor Education from Ohio State in 2006 and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies in 2003.
Middle School Coach: Ilene Lansaw
|Alexander Bryan||2020||Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University|
|Cate Haskell||2020||Princeton University|
|Stone Henderson||2020||University of California, San Diego|
|Rayna Kuthiala||2020||Boston University|
|Salma Shaalan||2020||Clemson University|
|Mario Vargas||2020||Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University|
|Zayne Blackwell||2019||Stetson University|
|Ashley Dodd||2019||Northeastern University|
|Chase Haskell||2019||Princeton University|
|Richard Sollee||2019||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Ian McPheters||2018||Boston College|
|Julian Abuzeni||2017||University of Delaware|
|Annie Pentaleri||2017||United States Naval Academy|
|Ericka Roseberry||2017||Stetson University|
|Travis Kennedy||2016||Boston University|
|Daniel Perez||2016||Dartmouth College|
|Alex Muzaurieta||2015||Syracuse University|
|Matthew Pentaleri||2015||United States Naval Academy|
|Hamilton Eng||2014||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Regan Hamilton||2014||Boston University|
|Kayleigh Painter||2014||Florida Institute of Technology|
|Alex Wulbern||2014||St. Joseph's University|
|Aurelio (AL) Muzaurieta||2013||Harvard|
|Michael Pentaleri||2013||United States Naval Academy|
|Isa Griffay||2012||University of Wisconsin|
|Heather Nearing||2012||US Naval Academy|
|Jake Mendelson||2012||University of Pennsylvania|
|Matt Taylor||2012||Columbia University|
|Conor White||2011||US Naval Academy|
|Walker Wulbern||2011||Yale University|
|William Leeser||2011||Haverford College|
|Mya Nguyen||2011||Auburn University|
|Sarah Dibble||2010||University of Florida|
|David Rice||2010||Rollins College|
|Eric Eriksen||2009||Princeton University|
|Bryan Smith||2009||The College of William and Mary|
|Kristin Drew||2008||University of Florida|
|Christina Lambiase||2008||Columbia University|
|Mimi Southall||2008||Duke University|
|Tess Wood||2007||Princeton University|
|Daven Farnham||2006||Columbia University|
|Stephen Davidson||2005||Georgia Tech|
|Rad Murphy||2005||Harvard University|
|Steffan Wolfe||2005||Columbia University|
|Sarah Blankstein||2004||Harvard University|
|Sara Jane Donovan||2004||University of Florida|
|Joe Milo||2004||US Naval Academy|
|Taylor Wiatt||2004||University of Central Florida|
|Brandon Smith||2003||Georgia Tech|
|David Bass||2003||Cornell University|
|Amanda Randall||2003||University of Central Florida|
|Kristi O'Connor||2002||Colby College|
|Joy Irby||2002||University of Florida|
|Peter Flynt||2002||Merchant Marine Academy|
|Courtney Beeckler||2002||Northeastern University
University of California, Berkeley
|Tony Jennings||2001||Syracuse University|
|Joe Lisska||2001||Brown University|
|Josh Davis||2001||Columbia University|
|Neal Turbow||2000||Carnegie Mellon|
|Stephanie Tilly||2000||University of Miami|
|Chanley Howell||1999||Harvard University|
|Katie Marshall||1999||Yale University|
|Lane Koster||1999||Harvard University|
|Windy Booher||1998||Amherst College|
|Holly Fling||1997||Harvard University|
|Steven Kurosko||1997||Columbia University|
|Tom Schumacher||1996||Georgetown University|
Rowing at Bolles dates back to the school’s founding in 1933 with cadets participating in the naval programs. As Roger and Agnes Cain Painter were utilizing the former San Jose Hotel to open a new military school, they added a $1500 boathouse to store cutters and rowboats. In the 1940’s, Colonel Painter enlarged the fleet by adding the 45-foot training cruiser, the Manana, as the flagship of the Bolles fleet. The naval activities continued until 1962, when Bolles transitioned from a military school to a college preparatory school.
The following school year, Richard Zahner joined the faculty after serving at a northern school with an active rowing program. According to Bolles alumnus John Carswell ’63 as noted in the spring 1995 edition of About Bolles, Zahner found an eight-man canvas-hull shell in a shed on campus and recruited students to participate in an informal venture. That canvas shell may have served more as a recruiting tool than seaworthy vessel and Zahner managed to acquire two wooden eight-man shells. That spring, the Bolles crew members participated in two competitions, one against Jacksonville University, and the other against JU and the Princeton JV. It is believed a fire claimed the original boathouse and shells later that year and the Bolles rowing program lay dormant for another three decades.
In the spring of 1994, then Senior Vice President of Student and Support Services Bill Borg ’70 called a meeting on the banks of the St. Johns River to propose a new rowing program. Current Director of Upper School and Boarding Admission Mark Frampton took on the duties of head coach and welcomed 38 Bolles students as the inaugural crew in the fall of 1994.
Bolles has grown to include over 100 students, finding success on the water and in matriculating students to some of the top college rowing programs in the country. Sixteen crews, eight for the boys and eight for the girls, have claimed state championship titles in the program’s history. Since 1996, 50 members of the Bolles crew have gone on to row in college at nearly every Ivy League school, MIT, Georgetown, the United States Naval Academy, Duke, and more.
The Bolles rowing facilities have grown significantly as well. The program utilized a garage style building along with an open air shed for boat storage until 2009. The Peyton Boathouse and Rice Family Crew Complex was dedicated in 2009, providing nearly 10,000 square feet of enclosed space, two boat bays, a repair area, a training room, weight room, changing rooms, office space, and a multi-purpose room.
The Bolles rowing program continues to expand, currently offering year-round, competitive rowing encompassing scholastic, youth, and adult programs at all levels.