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Tradition. Family. Pride.

"Benedict's Hates a Quitter!"


Since 2012 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 Forms & Documents

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 2018. The final date will be annouced once Summer Phase begins.


In recent years the state of NJ has made significant changes to the physical requirement for participating in high school athletics and intramural activities. Therefore, all student athletes at SBP must have complete the new physical form below before the beginning of each academic year.

Click Here to learn what you need to do.

Click Here to print a physical form.

Team Wish List

The rowing program at St. Benedict's Prep is one of only two high school rowing teams in Essex County. The finances of the sustaining a competitive rowing program make it impossible for the Athletic Director and Advancement Staff to fully support our monetary needs.

Equipment purchases, maintenance, regatta fees, and transportation are an ever present concerns. Team participation in fundraising events has made quite the difference over the years. But if you have the means, please consider making a donation today by contacting our Athletic Director Mr. Thomas Leahy . Our rowers need your support.

You can find our updated Team Wish List here.

  • Committed Families

    In preperation for (and during) a typical regatta day, they are anywhere between 10 to 20 volunteer tasks that need to be filled by parents. Our crew team parents are famous for the way they participate during race days and that tradition must continue.

    Whether you'd like to go shopping for food, set up the team tent, make breakfast or lunch, carry supplies, or take pictures of the kids on the river, you will find that volunteering your time is the best way to encourage the kids to perform at their highest level.

    The commitment of actively supporting our kids encourages them to seek excellence. Come out to meet the parents from other families, learn more about the sport, and have a great time supporting the program!

  • Dedicated Alumni & Friends

    Since 2012, various alumni and friends of the program have donated over $150,000.00 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.


2018 - 2019

Academic Year

  • 2019 Spring Season Has Begun

    Practices for the 2019 Spring Season [Winter Term/ Spring Phase] will formally begin on February 18th, 2019. All Freshmen and New Transfer students interested in rowing should attend.

    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.

    New Twitter Feed

    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 Twitter today! Go Gray Bees!


    Our equipment campaign for the 2018-19 Academic Year is to sell and replace all of our aged oars. Please keep in touch, share your ideas, and or resources so we can reach this goal before January of 2019!

    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

    Ms. Hannah Stafford - Assistant Coach

    Mr. Craig White II - Head Coach

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



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)