SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – Mount Holyoke College Director of Athletics Lori Hendricks has announced the hiring of Seth Hussey as the head coach of the rowing program and lecturer in physical education. Hussey joins the department after serving the last three years as the novice rowing coach and boathouse manager at Wellesley College.
"I'm very excited to be joining the Mount Holyoke rowing family. There is a rich tradition and strong alumnae support surrounding this program," said Hussey. "We will draw upon these for strength as we set out to build Mount Holyoke Rowing into one of the premier DIII programs in the country. I wouldn't be here if that wasn't the absolute end goal. It will take time and much effort, but I feel like there are many hands all pulling toward that goal together. It's an exciting time to be a Lyon!"
"We are very excited to have Seth join our athletics family. He brings a wealth of NCAA Division III experience, having served at Hamilton, Bates, and most recently under MHC alumna, Tessa Spillane, at Wellesley College," said Hendricks. "These experiences in high performing athletics programs and highly demanding academic institutions demonstrate an understanding of the environment in which our student-athletes thrive at Mount Holyoke."
In the past three years at Wellesley, Hussey has guided their novice eight to two New England and ECAC/NIRC Championships. He has helped the team to a Collegiate 8 medal at the head of the Charles, three consecutive Seven Sisters and NEWMAC titles, three consecutive team podium finishes at NCAA's and its first DIII national championship in 2016. Following the varsity eight and team championship, Wellesley's first, Hussey was honored by the CRCA as part of the DIII Coaching Staff of the Year.
Prior to Wellesley, Hussey spent time as the women's assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at both Bates College ('13-'14) and Hamilton College ('08-'11), two DIII NESCAC programs, as well as serving as the women's graduate assistant and novice rowing coach at Purdue University ('11-'13). While at Purdue, Hussey completed an M.S. degree in Kinesiology. He has worked as part of USRowing's Junior Boys Development camp since the programs inception in 2013.
Hussey was a walk-on rower at St. Lawrence University, where he completing a bachelor's degree in Neuroscience in 2008. He has been happily married to his wife Kirsti since 2015 and they share a 5 year old lab/pointer mix named Easton.