Coaches

Jay Hammond

Head Coach
JV/Varsity
Bio:
Jay Hammond has coached Central Catholic since the fall of 2002. During that time the program has grown significantly and established itself as a nationally-recognized crew with significant success at the Head of the Charles, the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Association Championships, the Scholastic Rowing Association of America Championships, and the USRowing Youth National Championships. Prior to joining Central Catholic's coaching staff, Jay coached at Cornell University while earning his JD from the Cornell Law School. Prior to Cornell, Jay coached at Middlesex School in Concord, MA and before that at Shrewsbury School, UK. Jay graduated from and rowed at Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard and Oxford. When not coaching, Jay practices law at Babst Calland in downtown Pittsburgh. Jay is an honorary member of the Central Catholic class of 2012. Jay is married to Christy Wiegand, a national champion rower at Princeton, and has two children, William and Isla.

Hugh McKeegan

Assistant Coach
JV/Varsity
Bio:
Hugh graduated from Central Catholic in 2006, where he rowed for four years and was a member of the Baginski Scholars Program. He went on to row at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and enjoyed a successful career there, including victories as a member of the Varsity 8+ at the Head of the Charles, the San Diego Crew Classic, the New England Championships, the ECAC, and an appearance in the final of the Temple Challenge Cup in 2008 at Henley. After graduating from Trinity with a degree in English in 2010, Hugh taught English and coached boys' crew at Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA for two years, before moving to Grand Rapids, MI, to coach at Grand Valley State University, one of the nation's top collegiate club rowing programs. Hugh returned to Pittsburgh in the summer of 2015 to pursue a legal education; he is currently in his first year at the University of Pittsburgh Law School.

Justin O'Connor

Assistant Coach
JV/Varsity
Bio:
Justin rowed for Central all four years and had the pleasure of being in the first Central 2V to win Midwest, make it to the SRAA Final, and Medal (Silver, 2009) alongside Phil Bohn ‘09. He also won Midwest by open water as part of the 2010 1V, which went on the place for Silver at SRAA Nationals. While earning his B.A. in English Literature and History at the University of Pittsburgh, Justin coached the Frosh to two Midwest medals (2012 – Gold, 2013 – Silver) as well as two consecutive appearances in the SRAA Final alongside Aaron Lucia ’06. In 2014, Justin worked with the 5V and the Junior Eight alongside Emma Keller (coaching alumna), the latter of which was the first Central Junior Eight to medal at Midwest (2014 – Silver). Justin’s proudest coaching accomplishment to date is the team-wide implementation of the off-season and winter-season strength-training protocols and the development of the Olympic-lift derived post-row.
Last year Justin took a hiatus from coaching to earn his M.A.T. in Instruction and Learning at the University of Pittsburgh, and he has returned to Central as full-time English Faculty (also alongside Phil Bohn ’09). Lastly, Justin could not function for a single week as a coach or teacher without the support of his amazing wife, Lucia, and her many sacrifices that enable him to continue to coach.