Bill Stekl, Men’s Coach

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Head coach Bill Stekl began his coaching career at Amherst College in 1984 when he was appointed coach of the women’s team. After a brief hiatus in the 1990’s, he returned to Amherst in 1998 when he was appointed head rowing coach. Since his return, his crews have won fifty medals at New England Championships, including several gold, and point trophies in the fours competition. In addition, his crews have been represented in several Dad Vail finals, and his women’s varsity four won the Avaya National Invitational Regatta in 2002.

These results not only reflect his coaching expertise, but more importantly, they reflect his life philosophy: every learning experience, every effort and every individual counts toward the common good of the team. These are the tools that coach Stekl provides his athletes with so that they can continue their success as they move forward in life.

Contact Information

(413) 542-2323


Linda Hannum, Assistant Rowing Coach

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Linda proudly joined Amherst College’s coaching team in the Fall of 2022, bringing commitment and strengths from her coaching experiences at Deerfield Academy, Northampton Youth and Community Rowing, and Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club. She brings 15 years of passion for Master’s level rowing and competition to her coaching position, including having won numerous medals over the years. Linda currently also coaches part-time at Northampton Youth and Community Rowing (NYCR), in Northampton, MA. 

Linda’s love for the sport of rowing runs throughout her life and guides many of her pastimes, including video and photography. Her photographs have been published in Rowing News Magazine and have generated income for a variety of rowing programs. She has also served as a volunteer and Board member for NYCR. Linda’s commitment to inspiring and leading teams has been evident in all of her work as a music teacher, business owner, and wellness coach. She is grateful for the opportunity to work alongside coach Stekl in building the capacity of the Amherst College rowing team.

Contact Information

413-626-0568