Doug Welling Named Head Coach of Bowdoin Rowing

Doug Welling Named Head Coach of Bowdoin Rowing

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin College has announced the hiring of Doug Welling as head coach of the rowing program.

Welling will assume the position held by Gil Birney for the last 22 years. Welling has served as an assistant coach for the program for the last seven seasons.

"We are thrilled to announce Doug Welling as our new head rowing coach," said Ashmead White Director of Athletics Tim Ryan. "Doug's experience as a collegiate rower, and more recently as an endurance athlete himself, coupled with his time coaching athletes in both pursuits uniquely positions him for success in this role. We are grateful to Associate Athletic Director Alice Wiercinski for her leadership of our search process and look forward to having Doug continue his positive and supportive relationships with our students in the years ahead."

"Doug has a deep understanding of and appreciation for the history and tradition of our rowing program," said Associate Director of Athletics Alice Wiercinski. "The search committee felt strongly that he will support the members of the program in every aspect of their Bowdoin experience in his new role at the College."

Welling owns an extensive background in the sport, having served as assistant rowing coach at both the University of California and Middlebury College prior to Bowdoin. His previous coaching experience also includes being selected to coach the High Performance Camp for the US Junior National Team for the last two years and being the founder and head coach of The Sustainable Athlete, an endurance sports coaching company.

"I am grateful and incredibly honored to follow Gil Birney as head coach of rowing at Bowdoin College," said Welling. "Rowing at Bowdoin has such a deep history; the fusion of passion from former and current team members coupled with a spectacular maritime location has made Bowdoin feel like home from day one.  Thank you to all that support the Bowdoin Navy and I look forward to taking to the water this fall!" 
Welling is a graduate of Bates College (2001) where he was a member of the Crew program and he earned a B.S. in Geology. Since graduating from Bates, he has followed his passion for endurance sport by competing in numerous triathlons which include being a nine-time Ironman finisher with a personal best of 9:51, being a two-time Ironman World Champion qualifier and competitor in Kona, Hawaii, and being a top-five Age Group Ironman finisher on three occasions.