Scott Wisniewski Named Head Men's Rowing Coach

Scott Wisniewski Named Head Men's Rowing Coach

 Wisniewski spent past three seasons as assistant lightweight coach at Penn.  
∙ Wisniewski also previously served as head coach at Villanova, assistant coach at Yale, and as High Performance Team's program director at Vesper, where he coached a number of national- and world-level crews.
∙ A 2001 graduate of Pittsburgh, Wisniewski walked on the Panthers' club team and later served as team captain.
∙ "There is great energy on the Washington College campus and it's an exciting time to become a Shoreman."

CHESTERTOWN, Md. — Washington College Director of Athletics Thad Moore has announced the hiring of Scott Wisniewski as the College's new head men's rowing coach. Wisniewski spent the past three seasons as the assistant lightweight men's rowing coach at the University of Pennsylvania and has previously coached at Villanova, Yale, and Vesper Boat Club.  

"We are thrilled to name Scott our next head men's rowing coach," stated Moore. "He comes to us with a tremendous background in the sport.  With his experience and knowledge, he was the perfect choice to lead our young men. We are looking forward to working with Scott and watching our men's rowing program grow under his guidance."

"I am greatly looking forward to coaching at Washington College and helping the Shoremen compete at a high level," commented Wisniewski. "I would like to thank Thad Moore and [Assistant Athletic Director and search committee chair] Kim Lessard for this opportunity and for having the confidence in me to lead the program." 

Wisniewski's final season as the assistant lightweight coach at Penn was capped off by a second-place finish in the grand final of the men's lightweight eight at the IRA National Championships, improving upon a fourth-place showing from the year before. It was the Penn lightweights' third consecutive year qualifying for the IRA National Championships after they finished third at the EARC Sprints, their best finish at that regatta in 25 years. Penn's lightweights also defeated Navy for the Callow Cup for the third consecutive year in 2017, marking the program's longest such streak in the rivalry in 17 years.  Before moving on to Penn, Wisniewski spent one year as the head coach of Villanova's club-level men's rowing team, coaching the Wildcats to their best-ever result at the Dad Vail Regatta. 

Wisniewski spent five years (2008-2013) at Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia, working first as an assistant coach and, later, as the High Performance Racing Team's program director. At Vesper, he oversaw a budget of $190,000 and recruited two women to the program who ultimately competed in the 2016 Olympic Games. He coached a number of national- and world-level crews at Vesper, including the 2012 and 2013 Team National Champions, the gold medalist boat in the women's elite four at the 2011 Head of the Charles, and U.S. National Team boats at three U23 World Championships, one Pan American Games, and one World Cup event. 

Wisniewski's first coaching job was at Yale University, where he served as lightweight men's assistant coach for the 2007-08 season. That season, Yale won the varsity four without coxswain at the IRA National Championships. 

Wisniewski, 38, earned a B.A. in History from the University of Pittsburgh in 2001. A track and field athlete in high school, Wisniewski walked on to Pitt's club-level men's rowing team and later became a team captain and president of the Panther Rowing Club. He continued to row competitively after graduation for the Undine Barge Club in Philadelphia from 2001 to 2008. At Washington College, Wisniewski replaces Larry Connell, who retired from coaching in May, as head coach.

The Washington College men's rowing team has won five Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Championships since 2010 and most recently competed at the IRA National Championships in 2016, when the Shoremen won the third-level final in the varsity four. Wisniewski is enthusiastic about the program going forward.

"I'm eager to join the Washington College family and I am thankful for the time I spent at the University of Pennsylvania and the many fine people there. There is great energy on the Washington College campus and it's an exciting time to become a Shoreman."

Wisniewski will officially begin his duties as head coach on August 7th.