Andrew Black was named the Washington University in St. Louis men’s and women’s crew coach on July 22, 2016.
Black arrives on the Danforth Campus after spending the past seven years as Varsity Boys’ Coach for the St. Louis Rowing Club. He enjoyed success with the SLRC Boys’ team, winning an unprecedented number of medals, including multiple gold medals at the Midwest Junior Rowing Championships. Black also helped achieve the club’s first ever Youth National silver medal in the boys’ four in 2011.
In 2013, Black’s team won SLRC’s first ever junior national championship in the boys’ four. Most recently, in June, he coached the men’s pair to another national championship. During his tenure, three of the rowers Black has coached represented the United States on the Junior National Team.
Black learned to row over 30 years ago in high school on the River Thames in Reading, England. He rowed for a variety of clubs on the London rowing scene during his college years.
Black graduated with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from University College London in 1984, and received his Ph.D. in philosophy from University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1992.
After an eleven-year hiatus, he joined SLRC in 1996 and became part of the very competitive Masters rowing group coached by Ahsan Iqbal. Black won gold medals in fours or eights at Masters Nationals, Canadian Henley and the Head of the Schuylkill, as well as at numerous regional regattas.
His coaching career with the St. Louis Rowing Club began in earnest with the adult intermediate group from 2007-09. During that time, Black also assisted the junior novice coaches. In fall of 2009, he was appointed varsity boys’ coach.
In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Black has served as a teaching professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis since 1999.