Monthly Meetings

Friends of Clemson Crew conference calls are open to everyone.

Our next meeting will be:

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020, at 9:00 P.M. EST

Dial-in number:

(605) 313-5984

Participant code: 542121#

Meet the Board

Connor Marcinek


Class of 2018

Connor rowed with Clemson Crew from 2014-2018, where he served as both vice-president and president of the team. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Construction Science & Management, and currently works as a Project Engineer with Clark Construction Group in Washington, D.C. He lives in Alexandria, VA.

Rusty Hawes

Vice President

Class of 2018

Class of 2018

Rusty was born and raised in South Carolina. He rowed with Clemson Crew from 2014 to 2018 and served as president of the team his junior year. He currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky, and works as a molecular biologist at the University of Kentucky .

Jason Bernard


Class of 2017

Jason came to Clemson in 2012 after a 4-year stint in the Marine Corps, and promptly signed up for Clemson Crew. A few years later he got conned into coaching the novice squad, and in 2016 took the reins of the men's team. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, and in between riding in a launch and shouting at college kids, he keeps the books for Clemson's College of Engineering, Computing, and Applied Sciences.

Haley McKay


Class of 2018

Haley rowed with Clemson Crew from 2015 to 2018 and graduated with a double major in Communication and Women's Leadership. She recently finished a 10-month service term with the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC). She works as Administrative Support at a non-profit and also helps with Beer Production at Hog Island Beer Co. on Cape Cod, MA. She hopes to move to Boston in the not-too-distance future.

Phil Hughston


Class of 2001

Phil was raised in Spartanburg SC and currently resides with his family in Charlotte NC, with a career as an IT Manager within the mortgage industry. He comes from a proud Clemson family, in which his own father also attended Clemson. As an avid lifetime athlete Phil quickly took to the water with passion during his Clemson college career, rowing for all four years from 1996-2000, and has continued his fondness for rowing throughout the years. In recent years, in addition to attending Clemson Alumni events, including the Sprints anniversary event in 2019, Phil has also taken interest in the Charlotte paddling club.

Peter Tilton


Class of 2019

Peter, aka Anchor, rowed with Clemson Crew from 2016-2019, serving as the secretary from 2017 to 2018. He once bested his coach on the erg, but true to his name, lost by an ocean of open water to his fat old coach in the master's 1x at Clemson Sprints. Peter is currently an officer in the US Navy, stationed in Charleston, SC. Anchors aweigh 

Chris "Toph"


Class of 1998

”Chris “Toph” Mesigian is a Class of 98 graduate and 4-year member of CURA where he held board positions of fund raiser and vice president, and coached the novice women for one season. Toph continued his love for rowing after Clemson in his hometown of Philadelphia, competing for the Undine Barge Club of Boathouse Row, and as the head coach of the Radnor High School girls program for 7 years.



Class of 2018

Grant was raised in Columbia, SC, where he began his rowing career in high school.  He soon left the hell-ridden heat bowl of Columbia for the beautiful Upstate in 2014 when he started at Clemson.  Rowing all 4 years of college, he only took one semester off for a study abroad trip.  He graduated in 2018 with a degree in Marketing.  In his spare time, he enjoys, hiking, camping, reading, and smooching his big dog Moose on the mouth.

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