Fordham Prep is pleased to announce that Scot Killen ’83 is the school’s new head varsity crew coach. Coach Killen has been a professional pilot for the past 26 years. During that time, he has trained, raced, and coached the sport of rowing at junior and elite levels including numerous national team selection camps and club programs.
While at the Prep, Scot was a coxswain for the New York Athletic Club and a member of the NYAC junior rowing team in which he finished 4th place at Junior National Championship and Junior World Championship trials in Men’s 1X in 1983. After graduation, he was recruited for rowing by the U.S. Naval Academy. After one year at Naval Academy Preparatory School, he went on to earn a rowing scholarship to Florida Institute of Technology, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1988. In his senior year of college, he won the national championship in Varsity 8+.
For twelve years, Scot continued to race for the New York Athletic Club, winning numerous U.S. championships and the Canadian Henley championship. He was inducted into the Florida Institute of Technology Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. Coach Killen also competed in the 1992 Olympic Trials in Men’s 1X and the 2012 Olympic Trials in Men’s Lightweight 2X. He raced in 27 Head of the Charles regattas and won the Men’s Elite 500 Meter at the 2008 National Championships.
Coach Killen’s experience as a crew coach includes time at Melbourne High School in Florida, GMS Rowing Center in Connecticut, All American Rowing Camps, numerous Junior National Team Selection Camps and U23 Men’s and Women’s Lightweight Camps. He served as Executive Director of the Pelham Community Rowing Association from 2011-2012, and most recently coached the boys’ PCRA team in Spring 2017, in which the Quadruple Sculls finished 9th at U.S. Youth National Championships. He also currently assists as a consultant for the women’s coach at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
As a Prep alumnus, experienced rower and veteran coach, Scot Killen will continue to strengthen the crew program and provide outstanding guidance for the Prep’s student-athletes. In reflecting on his coaching philosophy, he shared, “It’s not just coaching a sport, it’s about developing people. If you approach it from the aspect that you want them to learn as much as they can while training so they get an understanding of what the sport is about. That’s how you create a team.” Reflecting on the impact of Fordham Prep on his own life, he noted, “It was the best decision of my life to come here as a student. I look forward to coaching. It’s nice to be home. I have a lot of pride in my school.”
The school is profoundly grateful to the members of the search committee for their good efforts: Maura Brennan, Prep faculty; JD Calder P’ 17; John Murtagh ’05, Prep staff and Kevin Pigott, Prep faculty and CHSAA president. Their service of time and energy in the interview process and the care with which they performed their important work is tremendously appreciated.
The crew team is currently training in South Carolina during Easter break and will reconnect with Coach Killen upon their return to school next week. Please join us in warmly welcoming Scot back to the Prep!