PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation, Dr. M. Grace Calhoun, has announced the hiring of Wesley Ng as Penn’s new Head Coach of Women’s Rowing.
Ng comes to Penn after spending the last nine years as the head women’s rowing coach at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. Under his leadership, the Bantams rowed at the NCAA Division III Championships every year and won their first NCAA team title in 2014. Following that, Ng was named the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Division III Coach of the Year, the ECAC Coach of the Year, the Joy of Sculling Collegiate Coach of the Year, and the USRowing Fan’s Choice Collegiate Coach of the Year.
Trinity’s Varsity 8 also won NCAA titles twice under Ng, in 2008 and again this past May.
“Wesley set the bar for what Penn needs in its next head coach,” said Calhoun. “He has a winning head coaching record, a proven ability to develop student-athletes, positive character traits, and experience as both an Ivy League student-athlete and coach. During the interview process, I also was impressed with how Wes thinks outside the box with his training methods and the use of technology. Wes is a rising star and a very sought-after coach, and we are lucky to have him lead our program.”
“It is a privilege and an honor to become a part of the tradition of the Penn women’s rowing program,” said Ng. “The passion of the alumnae, the past leadership of this program, and the focus of Penn Athletics has created a foundation that we can successfully build upon. I am deeply committed to creating an environment where we will gain speed and success. Great challenges create opportunities for personal and programmatic growth, and I am looking forward to working with our student-athletes to help them earn that growth and experience.
“I love the fact that we share a boathouse with the men’s heavyweight and lightweight programs,” he continued. “I believe that our current and future student-athletes should be inspired by that as they strive for excellence within the always-competitive Ivy League and nationally. When you combine the draw of the Ivy League student-athlete experience, the iconic Boathouse Row in the great rowing city of Philadelphia, and the value of a Penn education, I believe that package will resonate with past, current and future members of the Penn Women’s Rowing family.”
In addition to his duties with Trinity, Ng is serving as head coach of the United States Women’s team at this year’s World Rowing Under-23 Championships, which will take place July 22-26 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The US women’s squad is scheduled to race four boats at the Championships. Last year, he was an assistant coach with the U.S. Women’s team which won three medals including gold in the 8+ and 4-without-cox and silver in the 2- in Varese, Italy.
Prior to taking over the Trinity women, Ng spent two years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Bantams’ men’s rowing program. His first college coaching experience came at his alma mater, Yale University, where he spent one year as an assistant coach with women’s rowing and one as the men’s lightweight freshman coach.
A 2002 Yale graduate with a bachelor’s degree in History, Ng rowed for the Bulldogs’ lightweight crew; he was a part of three EARC Sprints championships, and won the IRA National Championship as a senior. Ng was a part of three undefeated seasons in the freshman, junior varsity and Varsity 8 boats and also rowed at the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta.
Ng holds a USRowing Association Level III Coaching Advanced certification, and is a member of the NCAA’s Division III Rowing National Committee and the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee.