Director of Rowing/Varsity Men's Coach: Erich Shuler (


Erich comes 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: Sarah Tanzer (


Sarah returns to William & Mary Rowing this year to coach the varsity women. For the 2017-'18 season, Sarah coached the novice women’s squad.

Sarah’s began her rowing career in high school with River Rowing (now Rockland Rowing) in Nyack, New York. She went on to attend Hobart College, in Geneva, New York, where she was a four-year varsity coxswain. There her crews won medals in the three New York State Championships, four Liberty League Championships, the Knecht Cup, and the Head of the Genesee. In 2010, Sarah was a member of the Liberty League Novice Crew of the Year. In 2012, she coxed the men's varsity 8 that was honored as the Liberty League Crew of the Year.

After graduating from Hobart in 2013, Sarah moved to Washington D.C. to work in the retail industry as a district manager. She was a coxswain for Occoquan International, winning two Head of the Charles Regattas. She also coxed two Head of the Charles-winning crews for the Potomac Boat Club.

Sarah moved to Williamsburg to pursue an MBA degree at the College of William & Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business. She is excited to coach for William & Mary because she enjoys sharing her love of being on the water and of making boats fast!

Novice Women's Coach: Abby Williams (


Abby begins her first year as the novice women’s coach. A swimmer of 13 years, Abby started rowing during her freshman year at William & Mary, in 2014. While rowing for WMR, Abby served on the executive board for three years, and was the varsity women’s captain her sophomore year.

While at William & Mary, Abby medaled two times at the SIRA championships in the women’s V8 and once at the ACRA championships in the double. During her senior year, she made the all regional team for USRowing. Rowing helped her grow a love and passion for not just the sport, but also for fitness, which led her to pursue her personal training certification as well as a degree in the health sciences.

Abby graduated from The College of William & Mary in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health Sciences degree, with a concentration in Allied Health and a Minor in Psychology. During her senior year, she completed research, conducting VO2max tests on the rowing ergometer.

In addition to coaching the novice women, Abby works as a personal trainer at a gym in Williamsburg, and is applying to graduate programs for occupational therapy. Abby is excited to start the season, to teach new rowers the basics of the sport, and to help them grow to have the same passion for the sport and for the team that she had during her novice year.

Novice Men’s Coach: Christopher Hein (


Chris is the newest addition to the coaching staff. As an undergraduate student, 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: