Eric Summers is in his 10th season at the helm of the Hamilton College rowing program. Summers has more than 15 years of coaching experience to draw upon as he continues to build Hamilton crew into one of the top programs in New York.
Last season, Aaron Whiteman '13 made the NESCAC all-conference team and Dylan Jackson '13 earned a spot on the Eastern College Athletic Conference all-conference team. Ten rowers have been selected to the NESCAC all-conference team the past four years. The men reclaimed the Gilman Bowl after they defeated Union College in the second varsity eights in April. Hamilton possessed the Gilman Cup, which goes to the varsity eight winner, four straight years from 2007 to 2010.
Summers helped develop men's rowing alum Willy Cowles '09, who competed with the U.S. team in 2013. Cowles' boat won the quadruple sculls and finished second in the men's double at the USRowing national championships. He went on to row with the national team at the World Rowing Cup and at the E.ON Hanse Canal Cup in Germany.
Summers guided Hamilton to the Tampa Mayor's Cup team points title in 2011 and 2012. In 2009, Hamilton tied for fifth place out of 27 programs in the point standings and earned the award for most improved team at the New York state championships. The crew program captured the points trophy at the 2007 Augusta Invitational Regatta in South Carolina.
In 2013, Andre Matias '12 won a bronze medal in the lightweight double sculls at the African championships. Summers worked with Matias as part of Angola's coaching staff in 2010 and coached him at the African championships and Under-23 world championships.
Exceptional academic performance is important to Summers as five rowers made the 2013 NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team. The team is restricted to letter winners in the sophomore, junior and senior classes that have a cumulative grade point average of 3.35 or better.
Summers guided the men's varsity program at Colgate University for two years before arriving at Hamilton. His lightweight eights earned a No. 1 seed in the Champion International Collegiate Regatta and the first national ranking in program history, and he helped Colgate win team titles at the 2000 Patriot League and state championships.
Summers' other coaching experiences include one season as the men's varsity coach at the University of Miami, head coach of the Syracuse Chargers junior men's competitive rowing program, graduate assistant coach for the Syracuse University women's program, assistant coach at the U.S. Junior Women's Team East Coast Development Camp and an assistant at the Potomac Boat Club Lightweight Men's Development Center.
Summers graduated from Colgate University in 1991 and earned an MBA from the Syracuse University School of Management. He lives in Fayetteville, N.Y., with his wife Robin and their two sons, William and Daniel.
Shawn Turner is in his third season as an assistant coach for Hamilton College men's and women's crew.
Most recently, Turner was the boys' freshman coach for the Shenendehowa Crew Club in 2011. He served as an assistant coach for the Rensselaer Crew Club in 2004 and 2005. Prior to Rensselaer, Turner was the head girls' varsity coach for the Shaker Rowing Association, and a men's varsity/sculling coach for Marina Aquatic Center Junior Crew. He started his career as the head coach for Shenendehowa from 1998 to 2000.
Turner rowed for the University at Albany from 1995 to 1999 and received the coaches award three times. He graduated with a degree in anthropology.