WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- After 35 years of coaching men's crew at Williams College, Peter Wells has decided to step away from his role as head men's coach and coordinator of crew. Wells will be continuing to work within the College — as boatman and boathouse manager. He will also teach physical education and assist with the annual Winter Carnival.
Wells has served as coach of the Eph men's crew team since 1982.
"Initially, I expected to coach at Williams for just five years," said Wells. "It turns out I should have multiplied that estimate by seven. There's one reason why my initial plans needed that kind of multiplier: because it was so deeply and personally rewarding to lead this team, year upon year."
Wells rowed for Williams himself as an undergraduate. "The transformation in the Williams crew program since my own college days has been absolutely remarkable," he said. Since Wells began coaching, the men's crew team has won eight New England titles, four Head of the Charles Collegiate Eight championships, including one course record in 1997, eight NESCAC championships, four ECAC national invitational championships, and 22 Little Three titles.
"As the program has grown, so too have the tasks and duties for the coaching staff," noted Wells. "As boathouse manager and boatman, I'm looking forward to supporting the coaches and team members in ways that I know from my own experience are absolutely critical."
"This is a time of transition for our crew program," stated Williams Athletic Director Lisa Melendy. "I am grateful Peter will be in a position to help and to share his vast knowledge of crew in general and at Williams specifically. His years of dedicated coaching and his long service to Williams crew have laid a solid foundation on which to continue to grow the program."
Williams will launch a national search for a replacement immediately.