Bart Thompson is in his first season as the head coach of the new Adrian College men's and women's crew programs.
“During the search process that included examining a solid applicant pool, it became clear to us that Bart’s outgoing, warm personality and his ties to the Midwest were attributes that we identified in our first rowing coach at Adrian College,” Athletics Director Michael Duffy said in an April 24 news release to announce Thompson’s hiring.
Prior to coming to Adrian, Thompson was the head coach for the Kansas City Boat Club juniors program, and was the co-founder of KCBC. Additionally, Thompson coached for the University of Missouri - Kansas City rowing program, and likewise served as a senior advisor during its creation.
Originally from Ann Arbor, Thompson commuted to Toledo to attend high school at St. John's Jesuit, where he first began rowing. He then went on to row for Stanford University before retiring due to a reoccurring back injury. After graduation he began coaching at his high school alma mater. During his two years as the associate head coach the team set records for most medals by the team in a single season, most boats in the grand finals of the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championship, and most boats medaling at the MSRC.
Thompson graduated from Stanford with a degree in history in 2012, and has completed USRowing's Level II Advanced Coaching certification.
"I am beyond excited for the opportunity to be the inaugural crew coach for Adrian College," Thompson states. "I have a read a lot about the college's continued growth during the past decade, and I am honored to become part of such a dynamic, evolving institution. The immediate act of building a state-of-the-art boathouse makes it clear that the college is committed to building a successful rowing program that will compete on the national level for championships. I have a passion for helping young student-athletes become the best possible versions of themselves, as both rowers and as people, and I look forward to continuing that pursuit at the college."