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2018-2019 Coaching Staff

Thomas P. Flaherty - Head Varsity Coach

Mr. Flaherty, a graduate of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute and the The Citadel with a degree in History, is a retired Captain with the Erie County Sheriff’s Department and a retired Lt. Colonel in the US Army Reserve. He has been associated with several federal agencies including the DEA, FBI, and Department of Homeland Security. He served as Head Coach for CHS from 1996 to 2005, leading the Crusaders to its highest number of US and Canadian National golds. From 2005 - 2007, he served as a freshman coach before returning to the Head coach position. His three sons (Tom '96, Scott '97, and Kevin '00) graduated from CHS and the US Naval Academy after exemplary rowing careers. Tom coached West Side Rowing Club junior crews to several summer championships.




Greg Rusch '09

Mr. Rusch, a graduate of Canisius High School, attended Canisius College to study History and Special Education before completing coursework towards a Masters of Education through Creighton University and the Magis Catholic Teacher Corps. While in high school, he served as team captain in addition to participating at some of the highest levels of competition in North America as a flyweight, lightweight, and occasional heavyweight rower. Having captured gold in at Scholastic Nationals and Canadian Schoolboys, Greg also had notable showings at USROWING Youth Nationals, Canadian Henley, and the Head of the Charles. After four years of rowing, he made the transition to coaching where he helped carry on a tradition by developing freshmen and novice rowers. Here he has led incoming Crusaders to several top finishes and victories at New York State, Scholastic National, and Schoolboy regattas.