NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Coast Guard Academy has named Bill Randall, a Class of 1982 graduate of the Academy, the Director of Rowing, with oversight of both the men's and women's rowing programs.
Randall, who retired as a Commander in the Coast Guard, was in the stroke seat for the Coast Guard Varsity 8 which won the Dad Vail Regatta in 1981 and he was inducted into the Coast Guard Academy Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.
"We are very pleased to be able to bring someone of Bill Randall's caliber on board here at the Coast Guard Academy to serve as our Director of Rowing," said Tim Fitzpatrick, Coast Guard Academy Director of Athletics. "As a CGA graduate, a Coast Guard officer who rose to the rank of Commander, former instructor in the academy's Engineering Department, successful rowing coach and CGA Hall of Fame selection for his rowing prowess as a cadet, he brings tremendous qualifications to the table. When I interviewed Bill, he told me that his two passions in life were rowing and the Coast Guard, and as our Director of Rowing he will undeniably have ample opportunities to pursue both relentlessly. This is a big day for CGA, and for our cadet-athletes in the rowing program."
He was a member of the 1987 U.S. National team that competed in the Rowing World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark and was the Elite Quadruple Scull National Champion in 1986 and the Masters National Champion in the quadruple scull in 2003.
"With the selection of Bill Randall as the new Director of Rowing at CGA, our varsity Athletics program is taking another significant step forward," said RADM James Rendon, Superintendent, U.S. Coast Guard Academy. "Bill's portfolio of experience as a CGA graduate and Hall of Fame rower, Coast Guard Officer, academic instructor and successful coach make him the ideal person for his position. We look forward getting him on board and suitably welcoming him back to the academy. Go Bears!"
Randall has been the varsity men's coach at Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va. for the past six years. He has also worked the U.S. Junior National Team Junior B Development Camp for the past seven summers and worked with the Resilient Rowing Club (juniors) for the past two Falls allowing high school students to row during the fall season.
"I am incredibly excited to be returning to the Academy as the director of rowing - very few people are able to combine two of the passions in their life, for me that is rowing and the Coast Guard, and call it a job," said Randall.
This won't be Randall's first time involved with the rowing program as he coached the Coast Guard Varsity lightweights from 1994-1996 and the freshman rowers from 1992-1994 while he was an assistant professor in Electrical Engineering. The Bears freshman lightweight eight took a silver medal at the 1994 National Championship Regatta.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT BILL RANDALL
VADM Sandra Stosz, Deputy Commandant for Mission Support, U.S. Coast Guard
"Bill Randall was a leader in the men's rowing program as a cadet when the Coast Guard Academy was competing at the National level and won the Dad Vail Regatta in 1981. He knows what it takes to be a scholar athlete and a leader of character, and he will serve as an exemplary role model for our cadets. I am thrilled to learn of his appointment as director of the Academy's rowing program, and excited that the program and the cadets will be in such competent hands."
Steve Hargis, Junior Men's National Team Head Coach, Former CGA Director of Rowing and Women's Rowing Coach and teammate of Randall at the Academy
"I'm very excited for Bill to be able to come back to Connecticut to take over at the helm of the US Coast Guard Academy rowing team. His knowledge of the sport from both the athlete and coach perspective, his understanding of the requirements of a cadet-athlete at the Academy today and his continued involvement in the sport for the past 35 years will serve Bill and the program very well."
Paul Lafond, CGA Class of 1996, rowed and was a student of Randall's at the Coast Guard Academy
"Bill's dedication and love of the sport of rowing is guaranteed to inspire a passion for crew in the corps of cadets, just as it has already done for numerous cadets including myself since the 90's. With his time spent rowing since high school, through the Academy to the US National team, followed by 30 years of coaching, Bill brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in Rowing back to the Academy."