Richard Wilson
Richard Wilson
Title: Head Rowing Coach
Phone: 540-654-1884

Richard Wilson begins his fifth year at the helm of UMW rowing after a very successful start including a first year trip to the NCAA Division III National Championship, a Mid Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) championship on the women’s side and second place finish at the MARC Championship with the men’s squad. He also earned the MARC Co-Coach of the Year honors for his work with the women’s team.

Prior to joining UMW in the fall of 2009, he coached the West Side Rowing Club’s high school men’s program from 2002-2005. He also helped create and coach a men’s and women’s rowing program at Niagara University from 2003 to 2005. He served as the graduate assistant rowing coach for the women’s team at the University of Delaware from 2007 to 2009, primarily working with novices and walk-ons. During his two year stay at the University of Delaware, he also earned a Masters in Exercise Physiology. Coach Wilson began rowing at Ridley College in 1981 and has rowed at the St. Catharines Rowing Club, the Vesper Boat Club, the West Side Rowing Club, and the University of Pennsylvania. He won gold medals at Royal Canadian Henley in the Intermediate Lightweight 8 in 1982 and the Intermediate Heavyweight 8 in 1983. He has continued to race winning gold medals at Canadian Henley in 2004 and 2010 in the master category.

His previous careers included work in Washington, D.C. , as a legislative assistant for Senator John McCain and in Chicago in international corporate banking and as a stock analyst. He is a 1983 graduate of Ridley College, a 1987 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, earned an MBA in Corporate Finance from the University of Dallas in 1994, and earned a Masters in Exercise Physiology from the University of Delaware in 2009.

He has earned the Level 3 Rowing Coach Certification from Rowing Canada through their National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). He is also the author of Total Peripheral Resistance Response To Metaboreflex Stimulation: A Comparison of Hypertensive and Normotensive Adults During Exercise and Post-Exercise Ischemia.