Scott Wisniewski was named the head men's rowing coach at Washington College in July 2017. In his first season, he led the Shoremen to a pair of gold medals in the varsity pair (at the Kerr Cup and MARC Championships) and their best finish in the collegiate four at the Head of the Charles in nine years.
Wisniewski came to Washington College from the University of Pennsylvania, where he had spent three seasons as the assistant lightweight men’s rowing coach. He had previously coached at Villanova, Yale, and Vesper Boat Club.
Wisniewski’s final season as the assistant lightweight coach at Penn was capped off by a second-place finish in the grand final of the men’s lightweight eight at the IRA National Championships, improving upon a fourth-place showing from the year before. It was the Penn lightweights’ third consecutive year qualifying for the IRA National Championships after they finished third at the EARC Sprints, their best finish at that regatta in 25 years. Penn’s lightweights also defeated Navy for the Callow Cup for the third consecutive year in 2017, marking the program’s longest such streak in the rivalry in 17 years. Before moving on to Penn, Wisniewski spent one year as the head coach of Villanova’s club-level men’s rowing team, coaching the Wildcats to their best-ever result at the Dad Vail Regatta.
Wisniewski spent five years (2008-2013) at Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia, working first as an assistant coach and, later, as the High Performance Racing Team’s program director. At Vesper, he oversaw a budget of $190,000 and recruited two women to the program who ultimately competed in the 2016 Olympic Games. He coached a number of national- and world-level crews at Vesper, including the 2012 and 2013 Team National Champions, the gold medalist boat in the women’s elite four at the 2011 Head of the Charles, and U.S. National Team boats at three U23 World Championships, one Pan American Games, and one World Cup event.
Wisniewski’s first coaching job was at Yale University, where he served as lightweight men’s assistant coach for the 2007-08 season. That season, Yale won the varsity four without coxswain at the IRA National Championships.
Wisniewski earned a B.A. in History from the University of Pittsburgh in 2001. A track and field athlete in high school, Wisniewski walked on to Pitt’s club-level men’s rowing team and later became a team captain and president of the Panther Rowing Club. He continued to row competitively after graduation for the Undine Barge Club in Philadelphia from 2001 to 2008.