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Men's Head Coach: Arthur Ericsson 

Arthur Ericsson has been the Head Coach of WSU Cougar Crew since the fall of 2004. 
For each of the past nine ACRA National Championships, Washington State has placed at least one boat in the grand finals, including a bronze in the V8 in 2010, sliver in the N8 in 2009, silver in the VL4 and 2X in 2015, and gold in the NL4 in 2013. And during this time WSU has consistently been one of the top club teams on the west coast, winning eleven WIRA grand final events, and has been able to regularly defeat various varsity programs, and gain recognition as a major club program in the country. 

During his twelve years with WSU he has helped gain membership in the WIRA Conference, launch the Women's Club team, create the WWU Dare Duel, Palouse Rowing, Moms' and Dads' Rows, team camping trips, Duck Derby fundraiser, two graduate assistant coaching positions, the varsity triathlon, introduce the PAC12 Enquist Cup, the 2X at WIRAs, sculling entries at nationals, our own indoor training facility, and inspired funds to seriously upgrade the equipment with many new rowing shells, oars, coaching launches, outboards and a boat trailer. His coaching ensures that lightweight rowing continues to be part of Cougar Crew's identity, and strives to be inclusive to anyone willing to make the commitment. The continued efforts of the program have allowed Cougar Crew to be recognized as Washington State University's only Varsity-Club program. 

Thank you to all of the athletes I have coached; success for one is success for all. And thank you to the parents for their uncompromising support of their sons and daughters for their new found passion. Thank you to all of the alumni who have stay involved in whatever way, keeping our history alive. And thank you to all of my assistant coaches for being part of my team which has been so rewarding.

Awarded ACRA Western Region Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2015 and WIRA Coach of the Year in 2015. Arthur lives in Pullman with his wife Sharon, who enjoys her job working as an academic adviser for WSU, and is in constant training with their 15 year old daughter and 9 year old son. 

Women's Rowing Club Head Coach: Dave Kempsell

Dave comes to Washington State after his fourth year of coaching at Bedford Modern School in England, where he has coached multiple crews winning national titles and medals, including a number of junior GB internationals.

Dave began rowing at Brunel University before joining Star Club in Bedford where he rowed in the first ever Star crew to reach a final at Henley Royal Regatta in the 2011 Thames Cup, before winning the Britannia Challenge Cup in 2012, the club’s first Henley trophy. Dave then moved to Leander Club in Henley, placing 5th in the first GB trial after the London Olympics, and picking up a bronze medal at the 2013 British Championships. Dave also represented England twice, at the 2010 and 2012 Home Countries Regatta, winning the coxed four event in 2012. Since ending his competitive rowing career, Dave has continued using the ergo to keep fit, setting a new British record for the Marathon in the 19-29 age category in February 2016.

Dave has moved to Washington to study for a Masters in Sport Management and to experience the U.S. collegiate rowing scene first hand.

Men's Assistant Coach: Alec Hurley 

     Coach Hurley was born in Miami, FL and raised in Rochester, NY. He began his rowing career as a coxswain for McQuaid Jesuit High School in 2003, before moving on to Marquette University where he graduated in 2010 with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and History. In undergrad, he spent time with the U23 High Performance team in Madison, WI, and coxed for NUI Galway overseas. While coaching in Philadelphia he completed his M.A. in World History from Villanova Universityin 2012. In addition to becoming the new Graduate Assistant Coach at Washington State, Coach Hurley will pursue his M.A. in Sport’s Management.

     Coach Hurley has spent all five years coaching in Philadelphia (2010-2015) with the Radnor Boys Crew Club, first serving as the program’s Freshman Coach (2010-2014) and then as the Lightweight Coach (2014-2015). During his time at RBCC, he oversaw a Freshman program which tripled athlete enrollment and increased retention rates to over 90%. On the water he supervised a program that earned three berths to the Scholastic National Championships, two top-10 finishes at the Stotesbury Cup, two top-10 national rankings, and four consecutive top-10 finishes at the Philadelphia City Championships – all program firsts. Taking over as the Lightweight coach this past year, Coach Hurley oversaw the deepest lightweight class in program history. Based on winter erg projections from the winter, he developed them into the strongest lightweight squad since its inception in 2012.

     During his time in Philadelphia, Coach Hurley also served on the staff of Haverford College, first as an Assistant Coach (2012-2013), and then as the Head of Women’s Rowing (2014). While there, he assembled the deepest and fastest Women’s squad in program history, a tenure highlighted by an 8th place finish in the DIII 8+s at the Dad Vail Regatta (2013).

     Over the summers, Coach Hurley has kept active working at Whitemarsh Boat Club. From 2013-2015 he has been a part of the staff for the Junior Competitive Sculling Program, highlighted by his Junior Women representing the club in their inaugural appearance at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta (2014). Starting in 2015, Coach Hurley will also act as the Head Coach for the club’s Under 23 Program, which is geared towards developing athletes for the U23 World Championships – primarily through the small boat trials. He has coached several U23 crews prior to this out of WBC – including a Men’s 2- (2012), Men’s 2x (2014) and Men’s 1x (2014).


Men's Rowing Club Officers

Commodore- Devon McCornack

Vice Commodore - Ramiro Gonzalez

Treasurer - Nate Endebrock

Travel Coordinator - Lanee Hagegn

UREC Liason- Kiera Magrane

Recruiting Coordinator - Sam Callan

Webmaster - Ridge Peterson

Publisher - Raquel Guerra-Lewis


Women's Rowing Club Officers

Commodore - Harlow Bronstein

Vice Commodore -Sara Burton

Team Representative- Melissa Weatherhogg


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