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Coaching Staff

Stacey Apfelbaum

HS Girls Head Coach & Program Director


Stacey Apfelbaum, High School Girls Head Coach & Program Director.   Former National Team Member and World Champion, Stacey has over 30 years of coaching experience at the high school, collegiate and club levels.  A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Stacey was varsity coxswain for three years before becoming involved with the US National Team.  While a member of the Pioneer Valley Rowing Association, Stacey won the Head off the Charles three times, numerous National titles and Canadian Henley.  As a coach, she has led crews to the podium at the NY State Championships, Stotesbury Cup, Dad Vail, SRAAs and USRowing Youth and Senior Nationals.  Stacey has been a teacher at the Academy of the Holy Names for 17 years.

Burt Apfelbaum

HS Boys Head Coach


Burt Apfelbaum, High School Boys Head Coach.   Burt brings over 35 years of successful coaching experience to our program.  Burt has coached at the high school, collegiate, club and elite levels.  During his 13 years at Shaker High School he coached athletes to State, Stotesbury and National Championships; he took two of those boys to the World Championships in the double where they had the highest finish to date for an American crew in that event.  Burt began rowing in college and continued training after college in the National Team Camp system.  He won the Championship Single at Canadian Henley.  A graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, CT, Burt is a Financial Advisor with MassMutual.

Sabrina Skotarczak

HS Girls Coach


Sabrina Skotarczak, High School Girls Coach.   Sabrina began her rowing career at Niskayuna High School.  In her senior year, the Niskayuna girls Varsity participate in the first NY State Championship in Rome, NY.  A graduate of Notre Dame College in Manchester, NH, Sabrina earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.  She rowed with the varsity there for three years.  In 2003, Sabrina earned her MA from Sage Graduate School.  After college, Sabrina returned to where it all started and began coaching for Niskayuna.  She coached a fairly young modified team which she helped transition from sweeping to sculling.  Sabrina has worked with Mods, Varsity and Freshmen Boys and is currently working with the Varsity and Freshmen Girls where she has contributed to the success of the Girls’ Jr 8+ at SRAAs in 2014 and 2016.  Sabrina is a teacher in the South Colonie School District.

Patrick Grasso

High School Coach


Pat Grasso, High School Coach.   Pat returns to Niskayuna for his second year, after contributing to the success of the Varsity and Freshmen girls last spring.  This summer Pat has been working with both the boys and the girls.  A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Pat was captain of his crew for two years, where he was instrumental in teaching the novices in the program.  He had a very successful collegiate career competing at the Head of the Charles, New England Championships and ECAC Championships.  Pat is a Financial Analyst with Ayco.

Scott Meade

Modified Head Coach


Scott Meade,  Modified Head Coach. Scott has his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and holds Certified Information Systems Security Professional and Certified Information Systems Auditor certifications, as well as a USRowing Level II Coaching Certification. Scott began his rowing career at Albany Rowing Center in 1991 while taking summer classes at RPI. He went on to row for RPI for three years, and coach there for one year. Scott returned to Albany Rowing Center as a rower in 1995, where he met his wife Kate, and rowed for Burt Apfelbaum. While rowing at ARC, Scott also coached adult learn to row and adult skills for two summers. Scott rowed at ARC for four years, competing at the American Rowing Championships (now USRowing Club Nationals), Canadian Henley, Independence Day Regatta, Head of the Charles, and many others. While at ARC, he also served on their Board of Directors as Club Treasurer. Scott stepped away from competitive rowing in 1999 to allow his wife to return to rowing after the birth of their first daughter. That spring, Scott stepped in to the launch as a coach for ARC’s Junior program. In 2000, Scott began a 12 year hiatus from rowing, moved to Niskayuna and had several more children. He returned to coaching in 2011 as an assistant coach for the Modified team here at Niskayuna, and became our head coach in 2015. In addition to coaching Modified rowers in the spring and fall, Scott is also the regatta director for our indoor regatta, Mohawk Meltdown. Professionally, Scott is the Manager of Information Systems Security at Albany Medical Center.

Kathryn A Meade

Modified and Novice Coach


Kate Meade, Modified and Novice Coach. Doctor Kate has her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Speach-Language Pathology from Michigan State University, a Doctor of Audiology degree from Salus University in Elkins Park, PA and completed a Clinical Fellowship in Audiology at the SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.

Kate began her rowing career at Albany Rowing Center in 1995, where she met her husband Scott and rowed for Stacey and Burt Apfelbaum. Kate rowed at ARC for four years, competing at the American Rowing Championships (now USRowing Club Nationals), Canadian Henley, Head of the Charles, and many others. In 2000, Kate began a 15 year hiatus from rowing, moved to Niskayuna and had several more children. She returned to rowing and coaching in 2015 as an assistant coach for the Modified team and a rower in our adult recreational program here at Niskayuna. Professionally, Kate is a Senior Audiologist at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady, where she specializes in pediatrics.

Julia Mason

Modified and Novice Coach


Julia Mason, Summer-Modified Program & Learn-to-Row.  Julia is a graduate of Niskayuna High School where she began rowing with the Modified program. She is entering her senior year at Bates College in Maine. This spring, Julia won the NCAA Rowing Championships in Sacramento California. Julia is coaching the Masters at Aqueduct this summer and returns to work with our Modified Program.