Williams College has won five consecutive NCAA Division III championships in women’s rowing and six overall since 2002. The feat is more remarkable after locating a map. The school is tucked into the Northwest corner of Massachusetts within a few oar pulls of the Vermont and New York borders. The school mascot is a purple cow. The home rowing course is Lake Onota, which sits 21 miles south of the Williamstown campus.
If Justin Moore can win big at Williams, why not at Syracuse University?
Moore was named head coach of the Orange women rowing program on Monday. He’s expected to start his new position on campus on Aug. 17 after serving as head coach of the U.S. junior national team, which is competing in the Czech Republic.
Moore, 42, replaces Kris Sanford, the 14-year Orange coach who resigned last month to pursue a nursing career. Her decision to step down marks the end of an era in the Syracuse rowing programs. Her father, Bill Sanford, led the men’s program at Syracuse for 34 years. This coming school year will mark the first in 50 years without a Sanford in the Orange boathouse.
Moore said Monday that he’s had his eye on the Orange program for years. Because of the success at Williams, he long wondered how he would perform at the next level with scholarship athletes. Yet he and his family were happy in Williamstown. He was not prepared to leave for any Division I program.
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