William Boyce, a former collegiate national champion, is in his fifth season as freshman coach for the Harvard heavyweight crew.
The 2015 freshman crew won the EARC Sprints, besting Wisconsin by over two seconds with its finishing time of 5:46.604. It marked the third time over the last four years that the F8 had won the Sprints title. Boyce coaches Crimson student-athletes to a quarter-final finish in the Visitors Challenge at Henley and were semifinalists in the Prince Albert Challenge Cup.
In 2014, Boyce helped guide the Crimson to a silver-medal finish at the EARC Sprints after a neck-and-neck race the entire 1,500 meters. The crew was Henley finalists in the Prince Albert Challenge Cup.
Under Boyce, the Crimson won back-to-back Sprints championships in 2012 and 2013. Harvard posted an undefeated dual season in 2012, finishing in the quarter finals at Henley in the Temple Challenge. In 2013, the Crimson boat was a finalist at Henley in the Temple Challenge.
Boyce spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Yale. He coached the freshman eight in 2009-10 and the third and fourth varsity eights in 2010-11, while overseeing domestic and international recruiting during both seasons. His third varsity posted a 4-0 record in dual competition in spring 2010.
A 2008 Cornell graduate, Boyce previously served as a coaching intern at his alma mater. He assisted the heavyweight varsity staff and coached the third varsity eight in the fall of 2009 after working with the Big Red lightweight squad the season before. He led the lightweight third varsity eight to a runner-up finish at Eastern Sprints.
At Cornell, Boyce rowed the six seat of the lightweight varsity eight as a senior and won gold at both the Eastern Sprints and IRA National Championships, as the Big Red pulled off a stunning come-from-behind victory in the last 500 meters to claim the national title. The crew went on to reach the quarterfinals of the Temple Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta.
Boyce was named to the All-Ivy League first team in 2008 and won the highly coveted Captains Award at Cornell for “outstanding performance by an oarsman as selected by the captain.” He was a three-year varsity letterwinner and graduated with a degree in film. He was also part of the Sprints-winning Cornell lightweight second varsity as a sophomore and the silver-medal lightweight varsity as a junior.