South Jersey Coastal Rowing elects Glenside native Dr. Thomas McCann as new president

Dr. Thomas P. McCann, a graduate of Bishop McDevitt High School, was elected as President of South Jersey Coastal Rowing.

Tom Feaster, President of the Board of Stewarts and US National Team Coach, has witnessed McCann’s career since childhood.

“South Jersey Rowing is blessed to have Dr. McCann as its leader. There is no doubt with Tom’s passion, vision and attention to detail SJCR will become the leader of this sport, not only in the US, but in the world,” Feaster said.

The International Olympic Committee has recently announced they will consider the inclusion of Coastal Rowing in the 2028 Los Angeles Games at the World Rowing level. Coastal Rowing competitions feature Singles, Doubles and Quad boats in male, female, and mixed boat categories.

The United States Olympic Committee has endorsed this new event, and members of SJCR gathered early on to form a South Jersey chapter for the sport of Coastal Rowing.

During his student days at Temple University, McCann rowed Heavyweight Crew and served as the Team’s Co-Captain for Tom “Bear” Curran, winning the Kerr and Bergen Cups.

In 2001, Dr. McCann founded and served as coach of the Vineland High School Crew program, and remains a 20-year volunteer today.

While Principal in the Vineland School District, Rotary International presented McCann the prestigious Paul Harris Vocational Award. Upon retirement with 36 years as a building administrator, the Vineland BOE presented him the “Hero’s Award” for his long tenure and many embedded educational initiatives. McCann is the lone recipient of these two awards in the district’s history.