Head coach Dr. Rich Adams is a retired Air Force colonel who comes to UMW rowing from the masters rowing community. He spent a number of years as a US Sailing certified keelboat instructor with the Pentagon Sailing Club, teaching new sailors both on the Potomac River and on the Chesapeake Bay. He first started rowing after the age of 50, winning medals at the Masters Nationals in 2007 and 2009. In 2009, he also took fourth place in the men's 50-54 year old lightweight single at Masters Nationals.
Rich started coaching for Prince William Rowing Club in 2009, leading a team of less than 20 women to top six finishes at Masters Nationals in six different events, with one entry capturing first place. His 2009 team of ladies also placed seventh at the Head of the Charles in the 50-59 year old 8+ category. In 2010, he coached his team of 19 Prince William Rowing Club ladies to an overall 8th place finish of over 70 women's clubs at Masters Nationals. His top boat won the Women's Club age 50-54 eights and placed second in the Women's Open age 50-54 eights. He had four other entries that won medals by placing in the top three, and four additional entries finished in the top six but just out of the medals. In 2010, his top women's 8+ took fourth place at the Head of the Charles in the 50-59 year old category.
Rich is a US Rowing Level II certified rowing coach, and is also a Concept II certified erg instructor.
Rich starting coaching UMW Rowing in October 2015.