About Haddonfield Crew
Haddonfield Crew Club offers HMHS-affiliated rowing teams during the fall, winter, and spring seasons. The club also offers middle school programs in the fall and spring and "learn to row" programs in the summer. The Haddonfield Crew Club is a non-profit organization with 501c3 status that is funded by rowers' families, fundraising, and sponsorships.
Rich Henderson joined Haddonfield Crew Club as Head Coach in 2020. Although Coach Henderson was a competitive swimmer throughout his youth and in high school, in college he made the switch to crew and rowed for Clemson University’s mens lightweight team. Prior to coming to Haddonfield Crew Club, Rich coached crew at Camden Catholic High School and at Moorestown High School. His crews have won a number of medals at regattas at the local, state, and national levels, and over 60 of his rowers have gone on to row in college. When he’s not on the river, you can find him hanging out with his wife, also a rower, three children, and two dogs.
Ryan Taras began coaching at Haddonfield Crew in 2021. He began rowing in high school at Saint Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia. After high school, Ryan continued to row competitively for the University of Pennsylvania’s men’s lightweight team. Ryan currently coaches the boys varsity and novice crews, and has also served as a coach for the team’s middle school learn to row program. He loves introducing new rowers to the sport and helping his experienced rowers improve in any way they can. Ryan also enjoys travel and spending time in the outdoors.
Ryan started rowing at Rutgers University (Camden, NJ) winning multiple Division III Varsity 4 events. After college he rowed for the College Boat Club on the Schuylkill River, competing in various regattas including multiple showings at the Head of the Charles. He coached at Bishop Eustace Prep and at HMHS, where his team won multiple first place finishes in various regattas including the Philadelphia City Championships, and a 4th place finish at the SRAA National Championships. Ryan moved to Maine in 2014 and coached at
Megunticook Rowing. He also helped start Camden Hills Crew. He continues to row and coach with Megunticook Rowing during the summer months and in Philadelphia with Undine during the fall. Ryan recently moved back to NJ and resides in Hainesport with his wife Saadiya and two children.
Board of Trustees
Robert Berman, President
Jay DiMarino, Vice President
Cheryl Tarditi, Secretary
Greg Shields, Treasurer
Dori Shields, Photographer
Beth Wassell, Website
Jennifer Davis, Fundraising
Geoff Mulvihill, Food Tent
Thomas Hazlett, Food Tent
Rachel Baylor, Events
Jennifer Bauman, Social Media
Thriving On and
Off the River
Our rowers thrive on and off the river. All of our athletes are involved in other school or community activities. Our current rowers have leadership positions in National Honor Society, Jewish Culture Club, the Gender and Sexuality Alliance, the Lemon Club, the Asian American Club, and many others. They also work part-time jobs during the summer and on the weekends. Most importantly, you'll often find them engaging in service through nonprofit organizations or in faith-based communities.
Teamwork, collaboration, and communication are key in the boat, but our rowers also have built a strong community and sense of belonging. HCC's seasoned rowers serve as mentors to the novice rowers. Our community is nurtured by team events, such as pre-regatta dinners, an annual banquet, family gatherings, and the regatta food tent, "the heart of the team," where rowers, families and friends come together at each regatta for fun, food, and fellowship.
Going on to
HCC rowers go on to great things. Many have earned scholarships and continued to row in college. Recent HCC athletes have gone on to row at prestigious institutions such as Fordham, Clemson, Drexel, UPenn, Dartmouth, Rutgers, Stanford, St. Joseph's, Southern Methodist, Syracuse, LaSalle, Washington College, George Washington, Sacred Hart, Stetson, US Naval Academy, Franklin & Marshall, UC Berekley, Univ of Delaware, West Virginia, Tufts, Duquense, Northeastern and many others.