Stockton Ospreys hire John Bancheri as head coach

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Stockton Ospreys has named John Bancheri as the first rowing head coach at the school. He will be in charge of the women’s team and the men’s club team.

Bancheri has 35-years of coaching experience. He will officially take over on January 22nd, 2019.

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He had been the Grand Valley State University Lakers Head Coach men’s and women’s rowing coach from 20005 through 2018. He guided the team to six straight American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA) team championships from 2008 through 2013.

“I am beyond excited to come home and be part of the growth and success of the University and help Stockton build a rowing power,” Bancheri said. “Everything that I’ve done in my career has prepared me for this role and I really believe that we have an opportunity to do great things at Stockton.”

Before arriving in Michigan, he was the Director of Rowing and Men’s Head Coach at Marietta College Pioneers (Ohio) from 1994 through 2005. He also was the Men’s and Women’s Club Head Coach with the Wichita State Shockers (Kansas) from 1987 and 1994.

He also was the Women’s Head coach at the University of Charleston Golden Eagles (West Virginia) from 1984 through 1987. He attended Charleston after graduating from Atlantic City High School in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

“I am delighted to welcome John back to Atlantic City and South Jersey.” Stockton President Harvey Kesselman said. “His record and reputation are impressive and will help attract competitive rowers to Stockton. We look forward to cheering them on for many successful seasons.”

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