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Welcome Ben Williams, Men's Head Coach

We are excited to announce Ben Williams will start his new position as DUC Men's Head Coach on Monday, June 19th. Ben brings over 15 years of rowing experience to DUC and is

still training competitively himself, so look out boys, we're guessing he'll be bringing the heat to the boathouse!

In his own words, here is Ben's rowing story:

May 25, 2023


I am ecstatic to meet all of you in Dallas in a few weeks as I head into my 15thyear of rowing.

I began my racing career in California with Capital Crew, working from the bottom of the bottom up into a competitive varsity team. After high school, I went on to row for Orange Coast College, where I competed in two very successful seasons including a win in the Freshman 8+ at ACRA in 2014, and many competitive races in the Varsity 8+ against IRA programs in 2015. Following OCC, I took a gap year to help coach the Capital Crew Varsity Men for a very successful 2015-2016 season, winning the four with coxswain and pair at Southwest Regionals, taking 7th in the nation in the four.

I then completed my transfer process to finish my degree and collegiate career with two years at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. I spent my time at GVSU as captain, it was a unique opportunity to be able to compete in a brand-new region against a new set of huge programs. GVSU taught me countless lessons about doing more with less, and how to take the win from an opponent who has you otmanned. These years rounded out with a trip to compete in the Prince Albert Cup at Henley Royal Regatta in 2018.

Following college, I moved to Boston to compete for the Riverside HPG in the lightweight single, where I was afforded the opportunity to compete at the highest level of lightweight rowing in the US- learning the standards of success and putting my own rowing to the test.

After Boston, I moved back to Sacramento to lead the River City Varsity Women in rebuilding the program following the pandemic. We implemented a new culture and set a standard for the club, oriented around development of sustainable and aggressive progress as a unit and as individuals. We have rounded out my third year at RCRC with course records set, erg records broken, and the most athletes in program history heading to Youth Nationals.

I am also still training in my own rowing career, as there are some boxes left unchecked, and I am extremely excited to get to work with all the awesome athletes at DUC. I’m ready to be part of a new era of opportunity, experiences, and success with all of you.

Let’s get to work!

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