Waterfront Staff

Waterfront Staff

Robert Crafa

Waterfront Director

Office: McMurray Hall Room 228

Phone: (718) 409-7460

E-mail: rcrafa@sunymaritime.edu

 

Rob Crafa has been fortunate to serve as the Waterfront Director at SUNY Martiime College since the fall of 2004. In this time, with the tremendous support of the College and his colleagues, the academic programs, student activities and community programs have flourished. As a result of this support Rob has been fortunate to be recognized with US Sailing Community Sailing Council's highest honor, the Martin A. Luray Award (2016), Hudson River Community Sailing's Founders Award (2015) and Outstanding Director of a Seasonal Community Sailing Program (2008) by US Sailing’s Community Sailing Council.

Rob came to Maritime after serving as the founding Executive Director of The Waterfront Center in Oyster Bay, where he helped create and develop the marine education and recreation center that operated the largest sailing school on Long Island. A lifelong resident of Long Island, Rob holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health and Technology from Springfield College (Springfield, MA) and a Master of Science in Management and Policy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Previously he was a Coastal Resource Specialist with the New York Department of State, Division of Coastal Resources and Executive Director of Friends of the Bay in Oyster Bay. 

Rob lives in Northport, NY with his wife Stephanie, their two children Griffin and Nicholas.

 

 

Joseph Sullivan

Assistant Waterfront Director - Facilities

Office: McMurray Hall Room 224

Phone: (718) 409-5572

E-mail: jsullivan@sunymaritime.edu

 

Joe Sullivan, is a US SAILING/US POWERBOATING Keelboat and Powerboat instructor who teaches many of the Waterfront's classes on and off campus. Joe has sailed with Maritime's Offshore team in events such as the Block Island Race and the famed Newport-Bermuda Race. In the summer Captain Joe is an invaluable member of the Maritime Adventure Boat Camp and a favorite among campers and staff. 

When he is not on the water, Joe is responsible for maintaining dozens of small sail and powerboats as part of one of the best waterfront facilities in the country. In 2011 US Sailing Community Sailing recognized him for Outstanding Organizational Support of a Community Program.

Captain Joe has been a  yacht delivery captain on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.  Prior to that he was the Harbormaster and Parasail Training Captain for the country’s largest fleet of rental boats in Lake Tahoe, California.

Joe is an avid hiker, skier and single handed ocean sailor with over 15,000 open ocean miles sailed singlehanded. 

 

Zach Runci

Head Sailing Coach

Office: McMurray Hall Room 227

Phone: (718) 409-4050

E-mail: zrunci@sunymaritime.edu

 

Zach Runci joined the Maritime waterfront staff as the assistant sailing coach in the Fall of 2013, and was promoted to Head Sailing Coach for the 2014-15 season.

During his first season with the team, Runci helped guide the Privateer sailing squad to several Top-3 finishes at events throughout the year including the Laser North 1 Event at Kings Point, N.Y., the MAISA Men's Singlehanded Championships in Annapolis, Md., the Kings Point Dinghy Open, the Pirate Team Race in Virginia, as well as the Team Race Challenge in Geneva, N.Y.

In addition to the team success, Runci helped oversee the pair of All-MAISA selections as sophomore Nick Valente, and senior Paige Conlin were selected by the All-MAISA committee in early May, 2014.

Runci came to Maritime, bringing a strong background in collegiate and high school sailing as well as small boat racing experience in a variety of different classes.

In his free time, Runci competes in multiple different one-design classes as well as team racing as often as possible.

A 2013 graduate of Old Dominion University, Runci brings four years of experience having raced in the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA). While at ODU, Runci helped the team qualify for four national championship events between the 2009 and 2013 campaigns. 

 

Morgan Wilson

Assistant Coach

Phone: 718-409-7405

Office: McMurray Hall Room 227

Email: mwilson@sunymaritime.edu

 

Morgan Wilson joined the Maritime Co-Ed Sailing Staff for the fall 2014 season.

Wilson comes to Maritime after coaching various private teams along the east coast in both regional and national events.

Wilson has been on the water since the age of seven and put together a strong junior career that saw her finish in second place at the U.S. Sailing Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championships. Her strong sailing background helped her land a spot on the nationally recognized Old Dominion Sailing Team.

While at ODU, Wilson was a four-year member of the team and qualified for the ICSA National Singlehanded Championships in each of her four seasons with the Monarchs.

Her best finish came during her junior season, when she finished fifth place after ending up within the top-five in 11 of the 18 races during the weekend. In addition to her fifth place finish in 2009, Wilson also finished 11th during her freshman season and ninth during her sophomore season.

In her free time, Wilson is an avid triathlete and also competes in the local J24 fleet.

The Maryland native earned her degree in International Studies from Old Dominion University in 2011. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Political Science.