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
Kristina Latta-Landefeld Director of Rowing email@example.com Kristina Latta-Landefeld hails from Toledo, Ohio, but has spent the last decade in Northampton, Massachusetts. She began rowing in 1998 for her high school and has loved it ever since. Kristina rowed in college at Smith College and also competed for New York Athletic Club. In 2011, she graduated with a M.S. in Exercise and Sport Studies from Smith. She's coached middle school through adult rowing, Learn-to-Row through high performance. She may occasionally be seen on the Allegheny River in her unmistakeable single. Contact For: High School Membership, High School Camps & Adult and High School Races
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.
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".
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.