By Pat Mariboe
Washington College men’s crew coach John Leekley announced in late September that the recent void in the assistant coaching department, left by former assistant coach Dan Hagelberg, would be filled by University of Albany graduate Greg Piduch. Piduch, who spent all four years at Albany on their club rowing team, earned several achievements during his collegiate career. Piduch most recently worked at George Mason University as an assistant director for the past two years. The new assistant coach hopes his experience in a boat can help the team reach their goals.
“Through my time as a rower, I have had a wide variety of experience on and off the water, which I will use to teach our guys anything they don’t know and help build on what they have previously learned,” said Piduch. “They also have someone else to talk to while dealing with the stresses that come and go throughout the year.”
Just recently, the men’s team competed at the Head of the Charles Regatta, in which the first varsity eight boat finished 25th out of 41 competitors. The Shoremen were up against powerhouse teams such as Hobart, MIT, Drexel, and Boston College, but they still managed to finish high up the table.
“We fell a few spots short of our goal, but considering a few other factors we were pleased with our result,” said Piduch. “Our time in the eight improved from two years and we narrowed the gap between us and some other schools which assures the program is moving forward and gives us motivation to train hard for the rest of the fall.”
With nearly half of its fall season completed already, the team is looking to finish strong by performing well in its last two regattas. The team will compete in the Head of the Occoquan event in Fairfax Station, Va. on Oct. 31 and the Frostbite Regatta in West Windsor, Nj on Nov. 7.
“Right now our focus is on finishing the fall season off strong at the Head of the Occoquan at the end of October and the Frostbite Regatta in November,” said Piduch. “We have about three more weeks on the water and plan to maximize that time before heading indoors for winter training and prep for the spring.”