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Tradition. Family. Pride.

"Benedict's Hates a Quitter!"


Since 2011 parents, alumni, and friends have helped to make the rowing program at St. Benedict's Prep a reality. The coaching staff continues to recognizes your commitment and financial sacrifice with our warmest regards. Everything we do for the kids is noticed, and we are eternally grateful for your generosity.The donation of your time and or resources is the lifeblood of the 1,500-year-old Benedictine tradition of Christian education.

Rowers & Coxswains - past and present - we are extremely proud of how much you all have grown. But we have miles to row before we can rest... Rowing, like no other sport, builds true character; you will learn the importance of family, the need to strive for excellence, and how to overcome adversity.

Wherever life takes you, follow our tradition. Be committed to yourself, your brothers, and your family. Benedict's HATES a quitter!

Important Procedures & Donations


The finances of sustaining a competitive rowing program make it extrememly difficult for our Athletic Director and Advancement Staff to fully support our monetary needs.

Equipment purchases, maintenance, regatta fees, and transportation are an ever present concerns. Our families actively run and participate in fundraising events year round to make opportunities/resources available. But if you have the means, please consider making a donation today. Contact Coach White so we can thank you properly for your support.


All donations should be made out to St. Benedict's Prep Rowing.

Our athletes appreciate your support:


COVID Testing/Procedures

St. Benedict's is offering COVID testing each Wednesday for anyone in our extended SBP community. Space is limited and is offered on a first come first serve basis. You must reserve your spot by 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening to be eligible for testing that week. Testing is open to anyone in our SBP community: Monks, Students, Faculty/Staff, Parents, other family members, Alumni, etc. Remote learners are welcome to come to testing. We are offering testing each week. You will need to make an appointment each time you would like to come. However, you only have to complete the clinic registration form your first time. Get tested as often as you would like.

Click Here to learn what you need to do.

Click Here to schedule an appointment.

Cardiac & Concussion Testing

In coordination with the American Heart Association and The American Academy of Pediatrics and their recommendations, our athletic department requires all school athletes to receive cardiac and concussion screenings. The testing includes a baseline EKG and resting blood pressure along with a thorough review of medical history and EKG interpretation by a pediatric cardiologist.

Many SBP Rowers will need to be tested at the beginning of the fall/ spring seasons. There is no cost associated with cardiac and concussion screening at St. Benedict's.

Just Click Here to print/ download the form and return it to the Athletic Department ASAP. The Rowing team's first screening date will sometime during August of 2021. The final date will be annouced once Summer Phase begins.


    If you are interested in recuiting a rower and/or coxswain from our program please feel free to reach out.

    Contact Coach Eric Lombeyda with your name, program information, and a brief description of interest or opportunity.

  • Dedicated Alumni & Friends

    Since 2011, various alumni and friends of the program have donated over $200,000.00 to the development of our rowing program at St. Benedict's

    Which does not include the financial contributions made by our parents each year to cover the operational expenses of attending regattas up and down the east coast.

    Contact our Athletic Director Tom Leahy, or our Head Coach Craig White II, to attend a practice/ regatta. Witness for yourself how rowing is impacting the young men within our community. We encourage you to invest in an experience that has proven to change lives.

    Click here to give today.


2020 - 2021

Academic Year

  • 2021 Spring Season Has Begun

    Practices for the 2021 Spring Season [Winter Term/ Spring Phase] are currently taking place remotely for Varsity athletes only. All Freshmen and New Transfer students interested in rowing will be given an opportunity to continue/begin their training on March 1st, 2021.

    Click Here for more information.


    Participating full time in any athletic sport while meeting your academic demands is challenging at St. Benedict's Prep. Since our inception, the members of the Rowing Team at St. Benedict's have consistently demonstrated both academic and athletic excellence. We have the highest average GPA of any team at the school; and that will continue to be the case...

    Click Here for more helpful tips.


    Stay up to date with what the program is doing. You now have access to the lastest news about our kids, coming events, meetings, and regattas.

    Click Here for more information about the Rowing Program at St. Benedict's.

  • Parent Meetings

    Parent Meetings will be held monthly during the Fall and Spring seasons. Parents, make sure you set time aside to attend.

    Click Here for more information.

    Follow Us on Instagram

    Parents, family, and friends our program now has a live twitter account which you can use to stay up-to-date on everything from practice schedules and locations, fundraising events, regatta results, and random Benedict's schenanigans.

    Follow us on Instagram today! Go Gray Bees!


    Our equipment campaign for the 2020-21 Academic Year is outlined below. Please keep in touch, share your ideas, and or resources so we can reach this goal before January of 2022!

    Thank you again for all that you do!


We're a family that loves what we do

  • Volunteer for SBP Rowing

    It takes a lot of people to make our rowing program run smoothly, year to year. In addition to the time you spend taking care of your own sons (and we know it's time-consuming) we depend on parents to help plan and run our fund-raising events, prepare and serve food for our crews at out-of-town regattas, organize team gear, and help with other administrative duties.

    Click on the link below for more information about how you could best help to serve our kids.

    Parent FAQS

    Many components of this website have been prepared specifically for our crew parents. There are a lot of pages here to help you understand, enjoy and participate in the sport of rowing.

    If you're a parent of a new member of SBP Rowing program, welcome aboard! There are several FAQs and answers provided on the webpage linked below. If you still have questions after taking a closer read, please let us know what other information we should be providing.


    SBP Rowing needs volunteers to continue successfully supporting the kids within our program. As a community, we all need to do our part. Please review the volunteer opportunity before you sign up.

    Click the link below to sign-up today. Thank you for your support!

  • Community Service

    We want to give back to our community the most valuable gift anyone can share: time. Each SBP Rower and Coxswain will spend some time learning to appreciate the history of the Hive by working as a team to improve and maintain our school and the greater Newark community.

    If you have community service opportunities available please contact our Head Coach, Craig White II, at your earliest convenience. We will do our very best to lend a helping hand.

    Contacting Parents

    Communication is a key component of any organization. In order for our program to operate effeciently, we need the cooperation of all of of student athletes and their families.

    Please make sure you have shared your contact information on the spreadsheet below, so we communicate effectively with one another. Raising children takes a village, especially if they row. Do not be afraid to reach out to one another! That is how we make our program run well. Thank you for your cooperation.

    Coaching Staff

    Mr. Craig White II - Head Coach

    Ms. Hannah Stafford - Assistant Coach

    Mr. Eric Lombeyda - Assistant Coach

    Parents & Friends, please follow us on Twitter for daily updates concerning practice schedules, regatta information, and general happenings at the Hive.



Assistant Coach

Mr. Eric Lombeyda

Assistant Coach

Ms. Hannah Stafford

Head Coach

Mr. Craig A. White II

School Address

520 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

Newark, NJ 07102

Boathouse Address

927 Passaic Avenue

Kearny, NJ 07032


Athletic Director's Office - Mrs. Judy Leahy

973.792.5701 (O)

Athletic Director - Mr. Thomas Leahy

973.792.5707 (O)