The Steel City Rowing Club (SCRC) began in 1997 through the efforts of Laci and Dori Tompa and has grown to serve hundreds of youth and adults who try rowing for the exercise and beauty of the sport and who may go on to compete because of the thrill of competition and the chance to row alongside their teammates. The SCRC stands-out because of its Geographic Location, the Results of its rowers, and the Sense of Responsibility that it engenders.
MIssion: "Steel City Rowing Club in Verona, Pennsylvania is a non-profit organization devoted to developing the strength and character of individuals of all backgrounds through the discipline and teamwork of rowing and through opportunities to serve others."
Dori Tompa, Executive Director Dori.Tompa@Steelcityrowing.org
Dori Tompa serves as Steel City Rowing Club's Executive Director, focusing on the development of the new programs and the new boathouse.In addition to eight national titles, Dori is an indoor rowing world champion and five-time US National Champion. Contact For: Development & Fundraising
Ladislau Tompa (Laci), Head Coach Laci.Tompa@Steelcityrowing.org Laci is a three-time European Champion and seven-time Romanian National Champion with vast experience in rowing technique and training methods. The U.S. Rowing Association has certified him as a Level III coach, the highest level attainable. Contact For: USRowing Sculling Development Camp, High Performance Rowing & Boatman
Lucy Tuttle-Smith, Coach firstname.lastname@example.org Lucy is an avid rower and promoter of the sport. Introduced to rowing by her two children in 2002 she has gone on to receive her Level III Coaching Certification from US Rowing in 2011. Contact For: Youth Camps, Adult & High School Learn to Row
Patty McAuliffe, Coach Coach Patty, also a USRowing Level III certified coach, is a Pittsburgh native that has worked at the Riverview Children's Center for 25 years. Steel City Rowing's first youth camp was programmed by Coach Patty in 1999.
Suzanne Maddamma, Coach Suzanne Maddamma rowed as a SCRC Junior, rowed and attended the University of Michigan and will be attending Chatham University beginning the fall of 2013. Suzanne has coached with SCRC for 3 years and has supported SCRC's USRowing National Team Development Camp, the SCRC Competitive and High Performance Juniors and SCRC Adult rowers. Her experiences on the USA National team as Junior makes her a good compliment to Laci's High Performance program.
.Sierra Pastel, Coach .Sierra Pastel entered the wonderful world of rowing with the Three Rivers Juniors. Since then, she has rowed for the University of Pittsburgh, worked as a coxswain with adult crews of varying skill levels, and coached high school scholastic rowing. Sierra is a USRowing Level I Certified coach as well as an EMT certified in Pennsylvania.
.Evan McConnell, Coach .Evan McConnell has joined the SCRC coaching staff for fall and will be one of the primary coaches for the juniors along with Coaches Laci, Lucy and Sierra. He rowed in high school at Ridley College (where the Competitive Camp stayed this summer in Canada for Henley) and also St. Lawrence University where he received his degree in B/Arts in Communications. His experiences rowing will greatly enhance our junior program this fall. He will join us on September 3. Until that time we have great support from Alumni and other coaches.
Dana Patsey, Program Administrator email@example.com Dana has been an adult rower at SCRC for the past year. She has moved up to the advanced classes very quickly and enjoys racing annually. She has one son in the high school rowing program as well as another younger son attending school in Oakmont. Contact For: Adult Membership, Adult Rowing and Fitness Classes, Youth Camps, Brewfest & Facility Rental
SCRC offers interactive outdoor education through our SCOPE program. This program can include a half or full day of events at our boathouse which is located on the Allegheny River. Activities include kayaking, canoeing, rowing, geo cashing, indoor fitness, water safety demos, exploring our "green" building, paddling to Sycamore Island, local wildlife information, environmental education, and a history of "our end of the river". For a brief description of activities please see HERE. For a full listing including times, partners and prices please see HERE. Once your activities are chosen, please fill out THIS FORM and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We partner with local organizations such as the Allegheny Land Trust as well as with guest historians from the area to provide quality programming.
Contact us today and let us inspire your area middle school, junior high or high school students to explore the outdoors through education and fitness. Our staff will provide you with a proposed agenda and will continue further discussion to tailor the program to your student’s needs.
SCRC is dedicated to providing quality, affordable programming to the community. One of the ways we are able to do so is to provide scholarships through our Ivan M. Szocs Memorial Scholarship Fund. Please see the Scholarship Donation Form. Other ways to donate include participateing in our Annual Brewfeset as a Brewer or as a Sponsor. There are several ways to donate your time as well! Juniors can become a camp counselor during the summer, see application here. College students are encouraged to apply for an internship.
Adults can volunteering at the club, please see volunteer calendar.
Board and Parent Group
The SCRC is led by the following Board of Directors:
Randal Bryant, President, Tom Joyce, Vice President, Stan Wetschler, Secretary, Jennifer Cairns, Neil Cope, Dave Fawcett, Robb Rusiewicz, John Visconti, Dori Tompa, Ladislau Tompa, Davitt Woodwell
SCRC Parent Committee Representatives: Nikki Navta and Nancy Beyerco as Co-Presidents, Carol Sebastian, Teasurer and Brenda Gazica as Secretary
*For access to the Parent Commiittee Website CLICK HERE* This Wiki Website is a private space that only people that have been invited via e-mail will be able to access it. Please contact Nikki Navta for an invite.
Located in the quaint river community of Verona this venue offers a truly unique setting for any event. Our new GREEN facility over looks our park and affords a panoramic view of the Allegheny River from the deck accessed from the Boathouse Community Room. From meetings and classes to wedding receptions and corporate parties, SCRC offers a beautiful atmosphere and functional layout . Use the Community Room for meetings and retreats or invite friends and family to a special event that can utilize our large balcony overlooking the river, two floors of gathering, park and riverfront area. Facility Rental Document. Directions to the boathouse.