Charlie_Portrait_3 copyHead Coach: Charlie Hamlin

Coach Hamlin recently did a soft retirement to Bellingham and comes to Western with a lifetime of rowing, coaching, and management experience. A collegiate oarsman for Harvard from 1966-1970, Charlie continued his rowing career on the world stage with appearances on the US Olympic team and multiple national teams. Charlie is still an active masters rower, racing numerous times a year around the country and world, and holds the indoor 2k world record for the 65+ age category.


carlAssistant Coach: Carl Smith

Carl rowed at Western from 2011-2015, seeing podiums at WIRA, NCRC, and Dad Vail in novice and varsity fours and eights. Carl was named a 2012 ACRA All-American novice, 2014 and 2015 ACRA All Region oarsman, and a 2015 ACRA All-American oarsman. In addition to rowing with the Vikings, Carl competed with the Vesper U23 program that won Club Nationals in the summer of 2014 and rowed for Team USA for a 6th place finish in the 4- at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea during the summer of 2015. Carl received degrees from Western in Winter of ’16 in Kinesiology and Applied Human Sciences.

wwucrewStrength Coach and Assistant: Will Ruth

Will rowed in high school in Olympia before coming to Western, where he played lacrosse, and currently competes in the sport of Strongman. He holds a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification (CSCS) as well as USA-Weightlifting Level 1, and graduated from Western in Spring ’14 with a BS in Kinesiology, focusing in Sport Psychology. Will is also US-Rowing L2 certified, a Rowperfect UK author, and is currently pursuing an MA degree through the University of Denver in Sport Coaching.

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