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, Summers coached Caroline Walton '15 to Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Division III second team All-America honors. Hamilton was ranked as high as No. 10 in the spring coaches poll and was No. 4 in the final NCAA New York regional rankings. The women captured their eighth straight Gilman Plate after they defeated Union College in the varsity eight and finished sixth out of 38 entries in the collegiate fours at the 2012 Head of the Charles.
In 2012, Holly Bailey '12 received the first All-America award from the CRCA in women's program history under Summers' tutelege. The women finished at No. 10 in the final USRowing Division III Top 15 coaches poll and third in the NCAA New York regional rankings. The varsity eight also ended up third in the regional rankings. Summers guided Hamilton to the Tampa Mayor's Cup team points title in March.
In 2011, the women finished at No. 10 in the final USRowing Division III Top 15 coaches poll and third in the NCAA New York regional rankings. Hamilton claimed the Tampa Mayor's Cup team points title in March.
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. In the summer of 2008, Summers took 14 members of the women's team to England to compete in the Reading Amateur Regatta and the Henley Women's Regatta. Hamilton captured the points trophy at the 2007 Augusta Invitational Regatta in South Carolina.
Ten rowers have been selected to the NESCAC all-conference team the past four years. Exceptional academic performance is important to Summers as eight women's 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. Hideko Nara '15 and Jessica Pedersen '15 were named CRCA national scholar-athletes for Divisions II/III in 2013.
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 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.