William Boyce to Coach Harvard Heavyweight Freshmen

William Boyce to Coach Harvard Heavyweight Freshmen

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—William Boyce, a collegiate national champion and former assistant coach at Yale, has been named freshman coach for the Harvard heavyweight crew, head coach Harry Parker has announced.

Boyce replaces Bill Manning, who has been promoted to associate head coach and will assist Parker, The Thomas Bolles Head Coach for Harvard Men's Crew, with the varsity program.

Boyce spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs. 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 last season.

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.