PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s head women’s rowing coach, Wesley Ng, has announced the hiring of Andrew Blum as an assistant coach.
“We are really fortunate to have Andrew join our staff,” said Ng, who enters his first season at the Quakers helm this fall. “He is already an accomplished coach who understands the comprehensive scope of the job, and I want to welcome him to the Penn Rowing family. His wealth of experience, hunger to learn, and being an excellent self-starter from his time at URI and Bates are the qualities that make him great for this role.
“What struck me about Andrew was his recruiting success combined with his ability to manage logistics while also caring about the overall student-athlete experience,” said Ng. “Andrew is going to be a key person in helping us create an amazing student-athlete experience and the chance to develop championship-quality practices and, ultimately, speed.”
“I am grateful for the opportunity to join the Penn women’s rowing program,” said Blum. “Wes is an outstanding coach whom I have gotten to know over the last two years while I was coaching at Bates and he was at Trinity. I believe that Wes and I have a similar approach to coaching, and I look forward to working with him and (fellow assistant) Libby Peters to help our student-athletes reach new levels of success.”
Blum comes to Penn after spending two years as a men’s assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Bates College rowing program. Last June, Blum -- along with Bates head coach Peter Steenstra and fellow assistant Andriel Doolittle -- was honored by the College Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) as the NCAA Division III Coaching Staff of the Year. This, after the Bates women won the NCAA Division III national championship, the first in school history. The Bates men’s rowing team also reached unprecedented heights in 2015, going undefeated through the regatta season and then winning the bronze medal at the ECAC/National Invitational Rowing Championships (behind only Michigan and Hobart). By defeating all of its conference rivals, Bates claimed its first NESCAC championship.
Prior to his time at Bates, Blum served as a volunteer assistant coach for the University of Rhode Island women’s rowing program in 2012-13. While with URI, he worked primarily with the varsity fours and helped lead the varsity four to a first-place finish at the 2013 Atlantic-10 Championship. The victory clinched the team title for the Rams and earned them an automatic bid into the NCAA Championships -- the first in program history.
In 2011-12, Blum worked with the URI men’s rowing club, assisting with the team’s novice rowers. His novice four won the silver medal at the 2012 New England Rowing Championship.
A 2011 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Blum helped the Rams’ second varsity four win a bronze medal at the 2010 New England Rowing Championships. He earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education and writing and rhetoric from URI.
Blum holds USRowing Coaching Certification at levels I and II in addition to a Rhode Island Elementary Teaching Certificate.