Each year the Johnson & Wales University women's rowing team gets one step closer to the top under head coach Bill McLean. The 2018-19 campaign marks his fourth at JWU.
The Wildcats' Varsity 8 finished second at the 2018 MARC Championships after a third-place showing the year before. Jaym Henderson, Christina Carbone and Kira Poulson each earned All-MARC honors and four student-athletes were named to the academic all-conference team. It's the second year in a row Henderson and Carbone have been selected all-conference.
McLean comes to JWU after spending the past six seasons as the assistant women’s rowing coach at Southern Methodist. During his tenure with the Mustangs, he was responsible for coaching the second varsity eight and fours, guiding the team to the petite final at the San Diego Crew Classic and a second place finish in the petite final at the South-Central NCAA regional championships in 2010. First place in varsity four, setting new school record, petite final at the 2011 C-USA in varsity four. Won the novice four at the 2014 Knecht Cup.
Prior to his tenure at SMU, McLean spent five years at the helm of the rowing program at Murray State University. In his last season with Murray State, he helped the Racers break the school record in the varsity eight twice and led his team to the highest finish at an NCAA qualifying regatta in school history.
Before taking over the program at Murray State, the North Carolina-Wilmington graduate spent eight years (1995-2003) as the men's and women's head coach at the University of Rochester. McLean started his coaching career with the Ohio State University Women's Crew (1994-1995) where he coached the novice team.