Head Coach Mark Williams begins his 3rd year with the Buckeyes in Fall 2016. In his first two years, the program garnered three top-10 finishes at the ACRA National Championships, a 2nd place at the MACRA Regional Championship, and in 2016 the men’s team brought home the States Cup for the first time since 2009, ending a multi-year streak of wins from rival Michigan State.
In summer 2016, Williams coached the Vesper Boat Club lightweight men’s program. His crews capped off the season with one gold, two 3rd place, one 4th place, and a 6th place finish at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. At the USRowing Club National Championships, his lightweight crews came away with two wins and three silver medals, and at US Trials, his lightweight men’s quad placed second, missing Under-23 World Championship qualification by fractions of a second.
Prior to his arrival at Ohio State, Williams served as an assistant at the University of Western Ontario. Highlights of his tenure at Western included his Junior Varsity women’s crews winning both their events and the novice men placing second at the Ontario University Development Regatta in 2013 and 2009, respectively. During his time in Canada, Williams also coached at London Central Secondary school. In 2013, his Senior 72kg Boys 1x came 6th at the CSSRA Championships and in 2010 he co-coached a Senior Boys 66kg 4+ to a 4th place finish at CSSRA’s.
Outside of coaching, Williams was a competitive oarsman in both sweep and sculling from 2001-2013. A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, his rowing career began at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School before competing for Denison University from 2002-2006. Following graduation, Williams moved north to Canada for graduate school and continued to row collegiately, thanks to longer eligibility rules. He rowed lightweight in the varsity programs at the University of Toronto from 2006-2007 and the University of Western Ontario from 2011-2013, finishing off his collegiate rowing career with a bronze medal in the Lightweight Eight at the 2012 OUA Championships. During the summers, Williams competed with the St. Catharines Rowing Club and rowed bow seat in two gold medal-winning crews at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in 2007 and 2009. Outside of rowing, Williams enjoys cycling, running, or most anything outdoors.
Outside of rowing, Mark enjoys cycling, running, or most anything outdoors. He came to Ohio State because of the long tradition of success of the club program and is excited to start the next chapter.