Director of Rowing/Varsity Men's Coach: Erich Shuler, M.Ed., CSCS, CAFS, TPI-1 (


Now beginning his second year at William & Mary, Erich came to William & Mary from Drexel University, in Philadelphia, where he was a men’s assistant coach for the 2018 spring season, in charge of coaching the men’s 4s and 3rd Varsity 8 for the Dad Vail Championships.

Before Drexel, Erich spent a total of thirteen years at the University of Virginia, where he began as a novice women’s assistant, then was a varsity women’s assistant, the novice women’s coach, and finally the novice men’s coach. Erich’s crews won numerous gold medals and/or silver/bronze medals at the ACRA National Championships, the Dad Vail Regatta, the SIRA Championships, the Lubbers Cup, the Knecht Cup, the GW Invitational Regatta, the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Crew Championships, and the Champion International Collegiate Regatta. In 2012 he was voted the American Collegiate Rowing Association Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year.

Erich was the Head Coach of Men’s Rowing at the George Washington University in 1999-'00 and the Head Coach of Men’s Rowing at the University of North Carolina in 2000-'01.

Erich holds an MEd. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Virginia, and is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. He also holds a certification in Applied Functional Science, and is a Titleist Performance Institute Level 1 Trainer for Golf.

Varsity Women’s Coach: Sidney Cross (


Sidney became involved with rowing at Washington State University, coxing for Cougar Crew’s lightweight women. She went on to row for them and also to cox the Cougar Crew men. After participating in rowing, she took up coaching and was a volunteer assistant to the Cougar Crew women’s team for the past 2.5 years. She will be coaching the W&M varsity women this fall and will also be the U19 girl’s coach for Williamsburg Boat Club.

Novice Men’s Coach: Matthew Zachary (

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Following a successful career as a collegiate rower at the College (class of ‘19), Matthew returns to The Alma Mater of the Nation to close out unfinished business with the team, hanging up his blades(or will he?..) as he joins the ranks of the coaching staff as the novice men’s coach.

Matthew’s undergraduate coursework and research (B.S. Biology & Neuroscience), as well as over a decade of experience in the sport lends to an uncanny understanding of the natural phenomenon known colloquially as “Free Speed”.

He is also excited to be coaching the U17 boys for Williamsburg Boat Club, all while pursuing his dreams as he continues his training for a spot on the US National Team.

Novice Women’s Coach: Christopher Hein (


As an undergraduate student, Chris was a varsity heavyweight coxswain at Cornell University (class of  ‘03). He later coxed six years as a masters coxswain (and occasional sculler) with the Union Boat Club, on the Charles River, in Boston, MA.

Chris has a Ph.D. from Boston University (2012) and is a coastal geologist and assistant professor at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), William & Mary’s graduate school of marine science in Gloucester Point. Following a two-year stint at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Cape Cod, Chris joined the VIMS faculty in 2013. There he studies how beaches, barrier islands, rivers, and marshes throughout the world change in response to past and future climate change.

Chris is also affiliated with the William & Mary Geology Department and the VIMS / William & Mary Marine Science Minor program. For more on his scientific interests and background, see: