Women's Rowing

Bill McLean
Bill McLean

Assistant Coach


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Bill McLean enters his 3rd Season with the Mustangs. He was responsible for coaching the 2nd varsity eight, assisting in recruiting and the novice program. The 2nd varsity eight advanced to the petite final at the San Diego Crew Classic and placed 2nd in the D-final at the South-Central NCAA regional championships in 2010.

Prior to coming to the hilltop, McLean spent five years (2003-2008) at the helm of the rowing program at Murray State University. In his last season with Murray State, he helped the Racers break the school record in the varsity eight twice and led his team to the highest finish at an NCAA qualifying regatta in school history. During his tenure at Murray State, the Racers captured over 30 medals at various regatta including the Head of the Chattahoochee, Head of the Tennessee, John Hunter, Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association and Midwest Collegiate Championships. In addition, his other accomplishments included 42 Ohio Valley Conference Commissioners Honor Roll athletes, 23 USAA Collegiate All-American Scholar Athletes, five Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar Athletes and one Coca-Cola Community All-American.

Before taking over the program at Murray State, the North Carolina-Wilmington graduate spent eight years (1995-2003) as the men's and women's head coach at the University of Rochester, a Division III school in New York where his highlights included leading the men's club eight to a 7th place finish at the 1997 Head of the Charles and the men's varsity and junior varsity eights and women's varsity four to the 1998 New York State Championship. McLean earned the 1998 Jim Joy Coaches Conference, Coach of the Year award for his team's accomplishments. His women's varsity fours placed third in 1997 and second in 1998 at the Avaya (ECAC) Collegiate Championships. They were also champions of the Murphy Cup Regatta (Phila), from 1996 to 2000. Along with his duties as head coach at Rochester McLean served as co-director of the Stonehurst Invitational Regatta and the Wile E. Chase Regatta.

His first collegiate coaching opportunity was with the Ohio State University Women's Crew (1994-1995) where he coached the novice team. At OSU he led the novice eight to gold medals at both the Big Ten and Southern Intercollegiate Championships and a silver medal at the Champion International Collegiate (ECAC) Regatta.

He has spent his summers teaching rowing and sculling with White Rock Rowing Club, Pennsylvania Athletic Club Rowing Association, Pittsford Rowing Club (NY), Three Rivers Rowing Association and the US Rowing Association Development Camp.

As a collegian, McLean rowed at UNC-Wilmington, and he began his coaching career at his alma mater while earning his B.A. in history and teaching certification in secondary education.

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