Williams College Athletic Director Lisa Melendy announced on August 7, 2017 that Marc Mandel has been named the head coach of the Williams College men's crew program. In his 3rd season with the Ephs, Mandel led his team to gold in the Wormtown Chase.
"I am extremely pleased that Marc Mandel has accepted our offer to become the next men's crew coach at Williams College," stated Melendy. "The committee, and everyone who met Marc on campus, was impressed with his thoughtfulness and deep knowledge of the sport of rowing. Marc is a proven winner and a proven teacher. We look forward to welcoming him to the department."
Mandel arrives at Williams with nine years of collegiate coaching experience and he most recently served as the head coach at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C. (2008 to 2017), where he directed a boys rowing program of 70+ rowers and supervised five assistant coaches. He guided the Gonzaga boys Varsity Eight to four Scholastic Rowing Association of America national titles (2009, 2012, 2014 & 2015) and the Gonzaga Second Varsity Eight to national titles in 2012 and 2015. Additionally, Mandel led the Gonzaga boys Varsity Eight to a record-tying five consecutive Stotesbury Cup Championships from 2012 to 2016. The Second Varsity Eight captured Stotesbury titles in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2017.
"It's clear that Williams College is a special place on all levels -- it feels like the perfect fit for me and my family. I couldn't be more excited to work with such a motivated, hard-working group of student-athletes, all while continuing to grow as a coach and teacher. Williams Men's Crew has a long, deep history of success, and I look forward to the opportunity to continue moving the program forward."
Mandel's first collegiate coaching opportunity was from 1999-2001 when he coached the Varsity men's team at Skidmore College. His next collegiate stint was at Florida Institute of Technology from 2001-05, where he guided the Division II program's men's Varsity Heavyweight Eight to a silver medal at the 2005 Dad Vail Championships.
In August of 2005 until June of 2008 Mandel served as the coach of the Men's Freshman Heavyweight program at Georgetown University, where he coached experienced and novice rowers. The 2006 and 2007 Hoyas were ranked in the top 12 nationally at collegiate rowing's highest level of competition.
Mandel was a four-year member and captain of men's crew at Northwestern University, graduating in 1998 with a B.A. in History. In 2012 Mandel earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.
Mandel, his wife Jessie, son Benjamin, and daughter Eliza reside in Williamstown.