Meet the Team


Eric Catalano

Executive Director & Head Coach

Eric Catalano is the head coach and executive director of Saratoga Rowing Association. He began coaching for Burnt Hills Rowing Association in 1993 while attending Union College. Since then, Catalano has worked with the USRowing Junior Women's Development Program, Radcliffe novice lightweights, Saratoga Rowing Association, and newly formed ARION program. From a town of less than 30,000 residents, Saratoga Rowing Association functions without school support and attracts a junior program of 200 athletes spanning seventh to 12th grades. Saratoga Rowing Association counts among its successes numerous Division I and Ivy League recruits, regular medals at SRAA, CSSRA, Head of the Charles, and USRowing Youth National Championships. Hosting the Head of the Fish, Tail of the Fish, SchuylerSkiff, Saratoga Invitational and NY State Championships, Saratoga Rowing is also among the country’s leaders in regatta hosting.


Chris Chase

Regatta Director

Chris Chase started coaching in 1996 when he founded the Saratoga Rowing Association, while teaching social studies at the local high school. Since its inception, the club has grown into one of the largest in the country. As a coach, Chase’s crews have won or medaled at the American Schoolboys, Canadian Schoolboys, Stotesbury Cup, Youth National Championships and Head of the Fish. His athletes have gone on to accomplish much more, with 106 earning Division I rowing opportunities to date. Chase also runs six regattas a year in and around Saratoga, including the Scholastic National Championships (twice), New York State Scholastic Rowing Championships (since 1998), Head of the Fish, Saratoga Invitational, Junior B/C Championships and Schuylerskiff. In addition to coaching and running regattas, he is a former member of the USRowing Youth Committee. Chase also hosts the U.S. Junior B Development Camp, which is designed to identify younger, talented American athletes and introduce them to sculling at an earlier age. In his spare time, Chase is a representative for Swift Racing, and father to two young boys, Tristan and Connor. He is married to a very understanding wife, Cora.


Katherine Smith

Finance Director, Interim CFO

Emanuel Valentin

Volunteer Coordinator & Vendor Manager