Head coach Doug Welling has a broad background in sport; from equestrian, traditional team sports, and snowboarding in youth, to four years of collegiate rowing while attending Bates College in Maine, and the University of Otago, New Zealand. Post-college, Doug coached rowing at Middlebury College and at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Doug joined the Bowdoin Polar Bear community when he met his wife, former Asst. Rowing Coach at Bowdoin. His crews have medaled at the New England Fours and WIRA Championship regattas with individuals going on to compete at an international level.
Personally, Doug still loves to train and compete in the sport of triathlon. He has raced extensively, qualifying for numerous World Championship events, including the Ironman World Championships in Kona. He also operates a multisport coaching company, The Sustainable Athlete, based in Maine.
Doug loves all things out of doors especially when shared with his family; wife Hannah and two children.
He can be contacted at email@example.com.
Coach Ry Hills is joining our coaching staff and brings with her a tremendous wealth of experience. Ry’s rowing resume includes top medal finishes at the National Championships, a third place finish in Olympic trials, and three silver medals at the Head of the Charles. Ry has coached at the University of New Hampshire, the US Coast Guard Academy, Dartmouth, the US Women’s Junior National Team, and several clubs. Most recently she was the founder, director, and head coach of Megunticook Rowing in Camden, ME.
One of Ry’s other passions is sailing. She and her husband Tom enjoy as much time as possible on their 37’ wood sloop which they also race in local and regional regattas. Their sense of adventure led them to take this past year off to do a circumnavigation of the North Atlantic.
Ry is from Rockport, has an additional background in art & design, and has three grown children (one of whom is also a rowing coach).
She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.