Aug. 4, 2008
Head Rowing Coach Richard Ruggieri announced the addition of Andrew Carter to the coaching staff on Monday. Carter comes to Clemson after spending the past seven years as the head rowing coach at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.
“Coach Carter certainly brings a wealth of knowledge and a high level of international experience helping us recruit and coach the highest level athletes in the world,” said Ruggieri.
As an assistant coach, Carter will work with the varsity rowers, specifically with the Second Varsity 8+ and small boats. Coach Carter will also specialize in biomechanics, rigging, and technique screening.
Coach Carter spent the past seven years as the head rowing coach at Bates College. Carter led the Bates women’s rowing team to its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division III Women’s Rowing Championships in May 2008. Under Carter’s guidance, the Bates men’s team became one of the top crews of any division in New England. Among the student-athletes Carter coached at Bates was 2005 graduate Andrew Byrnes, who will compete at the Summer Olympics in Beijing on the Canadian men’s eight. Carter spent a sabbatical year from 2006-07, in which time he served as the Head of Coaching Development for Otago Rowing Association. Before coming to Bates, Carter served as an assistant coach at the University of Southern California from 1999-2000. From 1996 to 1999, he served as head coach at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. In addition, Carter has coached various successful collegiate, club and provincial programs throughout his native Canada. He spent two years working at Canada’s National Rowing Center in London, Ontario prior to coming the United States. His achievements as a rower and as a coach include medals in many of North America’s major rowing competitions, such as the Dad Vail, Royal Canadian Henley and the Head of the Charles.
Carter received a B.Sc. (Kinesiology) in applied sports science from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a M.Sc. (Kinesiology) in Biomechanics from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.
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