By Isabella Sansanelli
Coach Scott F. Gavin-Wisniewski has officially left the Shoremen as the head men’s rowing coach in exchange for a new position, as the head women’s rowing coach at Cabrini University in Radnor, Pennsylvania.
Wisnewski is a 2001 graduate from of the University of Pittsburgh, where he attained a Bachelor of Arts in History and was an active member of the university’s rowing team. He was a walk-on, like many of his athletes at Washington College, and emerged to eventually become leader of his squad. By his senior year, he was a team captain as well as the president of the rowing club.
He started his coaching career at Yale University, where he functioned as the assistant coach from 2007-2008. He then moved to Philadelphia’s Vesper Boat Club, from 2008-2013. It was during this time that he coached a wide variety of rowers, including some that went on to compete in national and even global competitions, ranging from Pan American Games to World Championships, and even the Olympic Games.
After these five years, he spent the time before the start of his WC career at University of Pennsylvania, where he served as the assistant lightweight men’s rowing coach.
Immediately following this, Wisnewski was hired in the summer of 2017 and began what would be two extremely successful years at WC.
Wisnewski has remained present at WC throughout the beginning of the fall rowing season, running practices and working with the team until his departure, finalized on Wednesday, Sept. 12.
He started his career as the head men’s rowing coach in August of 2017, and has spent the last two years working with the Shoremen to bring home awards, championships and overall success. Wisnewski led the team to bring home both the Kerr Cup and MARC Championship in just his first year as the Shoremen’s head rowing coach.
He expressed his thanks to the school for the opportunity and joy-filled years.
“Thad Moore and Kim Lessard have been incredible bosses and advocates for athletics on campus, and of course, it breaks my heart to leave the students here,” Wisnewski said. “This team over the last few years has absolutely reinstated my joy for coaching that was partly lost at other positions. I couldn’t possibly ever express my gratitude for that.”
He made it clear that by far his favorite part of his job has been the excellent student athletes he has had the opportunity to know, grow with, and coach.
“I have a lot of ‘proudest accomplishments’ but watching the students grow and mature over the last two years has been amazing,” said Wisnewski. “We had a walk-on in 2017, that didn’t think he had what it took to even stay on the team and is now one of the fastest athletes on the squad. We’ve had several leaders grow and emerge throughout the team and take on rolls that have made a substantial impact on our success and lastly, it’s always fun to watch some of our students graduate and take what they’ve learned from their teammates and put it out in the world. We’ve started winning some races, yes, but these are the things I’m most proud of.”