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Conestoga Crew Coaches



John has served as the Penn Men's Lightweight coach, assistant coach to Temple Women's program, and as head coach of Malta Boat Club. Before joining Conestoga as the assistant varsity coach John was the assistant coach of Malvern Prep High School. John was made Conestoga Crew Club head coach beginning in the fall 2015 racing season.

Coach Hayburn was a national champion in the 2000 lightweight quad and he won both the lightweight quad and double titles in 2001. Hayburn was also a Canadian Henley champion, winning the 2000 lightweight quad. At the world trials in 2001, Hayburn finished third in the lightweight quad.

Hayburn graduated from La Salle University with a bachelor's in 1998 and then earned his Masters of Science of Instruction from Drexel University in 2003.


Coach Lambert currently rows out of Malta and is slowly making the transition from competitive rowing to coaching. In addition to Malta Chris has rowed for CRI, Penn AC, Vesper, GMS, and the Orlando Rowing Club.

Originally from Florida coach Lambert rowed for Bishop Moore High school, University of Central Florida and Florida Tech.

He has competed internationally at the World Championships in the 2007 U23 LM4x, 2011 LM4x, and the 2015 LM8+ winning a Bronze Medal.


Chris is a 1983 graduate of St. Joseph's Prep. He has a BS in Business from Rutgers University and an MBA from Cornell. Some of Chris' rowing accomplishments:

  • St. Joseph's Prep '83, four year coxswain including three year V8+ coxswain.
  • USA Junior National Team 1981 (Bulgaria), 1982 (Italy), 1983 (France)
  • Coxswain USA Jr Men's 8+. Highlight was 1982 silver medal behind West Germany.
  • Rutgers Heavyweight Mens Crew 1984-86. V8+ coxswain 1985, 1986. Co-captain 1986.
  • Rutgers Freshman Lightweight Coach 1986-87
  • Cornell University Freshman Heavyweight Coach 1988-93. Consistent IRA grand finals for 1F8+. Consistent Eastern Sprints medalist for 2F8+ including 1989 gold medal.
  • USA Junior National Team Manager 1989 (Hungary). Assistant Coach 1991(Spain).
  • LaSalle College High School 2009 Assistant coach. Freshman 8+ undefeated in Flicks with a 2nd place at Stotesbury among 45 Freshman 8+'s.
  • Conestoga Crew Club 2011 - present Part-time assistant JV/Varsity coach.

Chris is married to Sue McMonigle and has daughters Meghan (Conestoga 2011, Northwestern 2015) and Rebecca (Conestoga 2013, Pittsburg 2017). Becca was a two year rower for Conestoga.

NOVICE COACH - Meagan Hudson

Meagan is a former Conestoga rower and graduate from the class of 2014.  During her four years rowing for Conestoga, Meagan had four undefeated seasons on the Schuylkill River, three of which were spent in the Varsity 4X, earning 4  Stotesbury and SRAA National gold medals.  Her success on the team took her and her boat to row at three Youth National Championships, and even to the Henley Women's and Royal Regatta in England.  After a successful high school rowing career, Meagan was recruited to row for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, rowing for the Badger's Openweight rowing team while earning a B.A. in Social Welfare, and a certificate in Leadership. Meagan is also a Licensed US Rowing Assistant Referee.  Outside of the rowing world, Meagan works for Main Line Health's Project SEARCH, assisting adults with intellectual and physical disabilities in their process of finding long-term employment. 

NOVICE COACH - Goldia Kitek

Goldia graduated this past May with a degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California - Berkeley, where she rowed for four years.  She started rowing at Cal when she walked onto the club rowing team, competing in both sweep and sculling events.  After her sophomore year, Goldia joined and rowed for the Division 1 program at Cal, which recently won the 2018 NCAA National Championship.  After graduation, Goldia moved to Philly and trained at Vesper Boat Club this past summer where she won Canadian Henley in the Senior 8+, and finished second in the Senior 4-.