Crew - Boys' Varsity
The Taft boys' crew team is comprised of six fours—four varsity boats and two junior varsity or novice boats. Each of these boats races throughout the spring season against strong competition from around New England. Boats compete in a challenging dual racing schedule and attend the du Pont Cup and Founders Day regattas. The four varsity boats compete each year to qualify for the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association Regatta, a regional championship that showcases some of the best competition in the country in scholastic rowing. In the past decade, Taft has been one of a few schools in New England to consistently qualify all four of its varsity boats for the championship regatta. In 2016, Taft took sixth place overall at this regatta.
Rowing at Taft offers a great opportunity for those new to the sport; in fact, many of our rowers learn how to row when they sign on with the team. These novices are joined by rowers with experience at local clubs or at their previous schools. Throughout the season and over the course of their rowing careers, rowers and coxswains learn to master a complex and demanding sport that challenges the individual as well as the team as a whole. Rowers push themselves and test their limits of strength and endurance on a regular basis throughout the season. They learn the value of making a great effort over an extended period of time to achieve a desired goal.
In recent years, Taft rowers have moved on to college programs at all levels, including such schools as Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Williams, Lafayette, and George Washington.
2016 - Evan Miller (Wisconsin)
2015 - Henry Conlon (George Washington); Richard Gilland (Tufts); Aiden McAleer (Georgetown); Jack Torney (Dartmouth)
2014 - Liam Carty (Georgetown); Emma Lux (Georgetown); Carl Sangree (Williams)
2013 - Jared Carson (Clarkson); Elias Clough (Hamilton); Isaac Morrier (Yale); Hayden Pascal (Georgetown)
2012 - Will Fitzgerald (Georgetown); David Hanke (Lafayette); Will Ziesing (Princeton)
About Head Coach Will Shotwell
After graduating Phi Beta Kappa with an English degree from Wesleyan University, Will worked for the Educational Testing Service as an assistant examiner, writing and editing SAT Verbal and AP English exams. From there, he entered a Ph.D. program in comparative literature at Brown University. After completing his first year of course work at Brown, Will spent four years in Paris, France; he worked for two years as an assistant d’Anglais in two lycées while also teaching English and intercultural communication for a private language company. Returning to Providence, Rhode Island, in 1991, Will earned a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in comparative literature from Brown University, specializing in English and French literatures of the 18th century. In 1996, while still completing his doctorate, he began a 15-year tenure at Lincoln School in Providence, where he served as a humanities teacher in both English and history, crew coach and director of the crew program, squash coach, and cross country coach. During his time at Lincoln, Will helped found and served as the director of the school’s Center for Peace, Equity, and Justice through Service. In his final year at Lincoln, he served as technology integration specialist, a position that supported faculty in their efforts to integrate technology into their curricula. At Taft, Will heads the global studies and service department, teaches English, coaches rowing, times for basketball games, and does associate dormitory duty.
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