Alexander Spaulding Named Head Coach

COLUMBUS, OH – Alexander Spaulding has been named the next Head Coach & Men’s Varsity Coach of the Ohio State Crew program. After a nationwide search, he was selected as the head coach by a combined search committee of Ohio State Crew student-athletes and alumni.

“We are very excited to welcome Alex to the Ohio State Crew family. As an athlete on the team, I am looking forward to Coach Spaulding bringing energy to the team and building his vision for the program over the next several years after his experiences at Yale as an oars-person and coach,” Erin Smith, a varsity coxswain and senior on the team, as well as the president of Ohio State Crew, said.

Spaulding comes to Ohio State after spending the 2019-2020 school year as an assistant coach at Yale Heavyweight Crew, where he primarily worked with and supported Steve Gladstone, working with underclassmen or filming the varsity and 2V practices. He also helped with equipment and logistics management.

Rachel Bushman, a recent alum involved in the search process, noted that Spaulding stood out due to his eagerness to build and improve the program, approachability, and athlete-centric approach to coaching.

“Alex has all the skills to lead the Ohio State Crew team to success. The hiring committee saw his approachability, desire to deliver a great overall student-athlete experience, and willingness to face challenges as qualities that made him a great fit for the program. We are looking forward to supporting Alex as the Head Coach as he leads the team into the future,” Bushman said.

Spaulding is excited to take over the role of Head Coach, saying, “I’m thrilled to work with the Ohio State Crew. Being from Cincinnati, I’ve been a lifelong Buckeyes fan, and I am excited to be affiliated with such a premier university. The program itself has a fantastic history and some incredibly successful alumni. Furthermore, Columbus is a great city and is home to a plethora of rowing teams, so it feels great to be a part of that community.”

“From what I have seen so far, I am very excited about this team’s future. Both the current team officers and the alumni are motivated and mobilized to really push the program forward. I believe we have the support necessary to build a culture of success, and that will produce speed,” said Spaulding.

Before his time at Yale, Spaulding was the assistant varsity coach for his hometown Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club (CJRC) for three years. During that time, Spaulding’s crews qualified for Youth Nationals, with all finishes in the top 10, and won countless Midwest Championship medals across all boat classes. Spaulding also coordinated the summer program for CJRC alums who wanted to race at the USRowing National Championships, coaching boats to 2nd place finishes in both the Intermediate 4+ and Intermediate Lightweight 2-.

During his time as a student-athlete at Yale from 2011-2015, Spaulding was an IRA medalist (2015) and completed an undefeated season in the Lightweight Freshman 8+ in 2012. Prior to Yale, Spaulding was a 7-time Midwest Regional Champion with CJRC.