November 4, 2009

Heavyweights Announce New Assistant Coach

William Boyce has just been named the new Assistant Coach for the Yale Men’s Heavyweight Crew Program.  Boyce, a 2008 graduate of Cornell University, was most recently the second assistant coach with the heavyweights at Cornell, and acted as the lightweight intern at Cornell in 2009.

Boyce is a two-time Eastern Sprints Champion and National Champion, having competed with the Cornell Lightweights from 2005 through 2008.  “I am very excited about William for his tremendous achievements as an athlete as well as his swift rise as a coach and leader,” Pescatore said.  “William has an intense competitive spirit, genuine enthusiasm for coaching, and great leadership and motivational qualities. I am proud to add him to our coaching staff, and I am confident he will be a driving force in our efforts to promote the traditions of excellence at Yale.” 

At Cornell, Boyce rowed the 6-seat of the Lightweight Varsity Eight as a senior and won both the Eastern Sprints (by near open water) and the IRA National Championship, with a stunning come from behind victory in the last 500 meters.  Boyce went on to row in the Temple Cup of the prestigious Royal Henley Regatta in England and progressed to the quarterfinals.  Boyce was named to the First-Team All-Ivy in 2008 and won the highly coveted Captains Award at Cornell for &ld quo;outstanding performance by an oarsman as selected by the captain.”  Boyce was a three-year varsity letter winner.  As a sophomore in the Lightweight JV, he captured Gold at Eastern Sprints, and his junior year won Silver in a race so close it was uncertain for several minutes who had won.  Boyce walked on to Cornell’s lightweight team as a freshman after rowing for only a season and a half in high school. 

Before arriving at Cornell, Boyce rowed for the Mercer Junior Rowing Club in New Jersey.  He began rowing in the spring of his junior year and was elected captain as a senior.  Boyce was also captain of his high school swim team.  He stroked the Heavyweight Varsity Eight to Mercer’s first appearance at the USRowing Youth National Championships where they were grand finalists.

Boyce has also worked as a coach at West Side Rowing Club’s High Performance Junior Camp as well as Cascadilla Boat Club as an instructor for their adult learn-to-row program.

Boyce enjoys hiking, swimming and filmmaking. He has worked as a film editor and cameraman.  

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