Weber Named Crew Coach
LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall College Director of Athletics and Recreation, Patricia S.W. Epps, announced Rob Weber as the second varsity crew coach at F&M. Weber will take the place of Claus Wolter, who recently retired to his home in New Brunswick, Canada.
"I cannot thank Coach Wolter enough for his service in establishing such a solid foundation for F&M's crew tradition," said Epps. "We wish him the very best as he heads back to big water."
Weber, Wolter's assistant coach, joined the rowing staff in 2008, bringing several years of experience to the program. He had served as an assistant coach at William and Mary in two separate stints and assisted at Savannah College of Art and Design.
"Coach Weber has demonstrated his expertise in rowing and has become an invaluable member of the F&M community," said Epps. "We look forward to the continuity he will provide as the team continues to emerge as a rowing power."
At Savannah, Weber was primarily responsible for coaching novice men, and produced a crew that placed second at the Southeastern Regional Championships and third at the Clemson Sprints. His crew also placed 13th at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta (SIRA), winning the C Final with the ninth fastest overall time.
"I'm thrilled to have this opportunity, but also humbled to be succeeding someone of Coach Wolter's experience and knowledge," said Weber. "He built a great foundation for F&M Rowing, and we're going to build on that by focusing our efforts on unlocking our athletes' potential and the potential that I think this program has to compete on a national scale."
In addition to providing practice supervision and technical instruction to William & Mary's rowers, Weber coached Varsity and novice crews for the Tribe. In the spring of 2006, William & Mary's Varsity women's four took the Waterfield Cup from Virginia Tech and placed first at SIRA and the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Crew Championships.
Weber is an experienced rower who has put in the water for the Aberdeen University Boat Club (Aberdeen, Scotland) and Wabash College crew. A 1995 graduate of Wabash, Weber was a Lilly Fellow, Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated magna cum laude. He earned a Master of Arts Degree in History from William & Mary and a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Kentucky.
Weber will assume his role immediately.