Ric Ricci brings 36 years of coaching experience to the Connecticut College men's rowing program.
Ricci was a three-year varsity oarsman at Trinity and captained the team during his senior year.He won the pair without coxswain event at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championship in 1972 and 1973. Ricci was also a finalist at the 72 Olympic Trials and the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta in England. Ricci began his coaching career at Connecticut College in 1973 and has brought the program from its infancy to small college prominence.
After leaving Connecticut College in 1981, he coached the freshman heavyweight crew at Yale University and ran the club program at the Blood Street Sculls Rowing Club in Old Lyme, Connecticut. He then served as head coach of the women's rowing program at Rutgers University before returning to Connecticut College in 1988. Since then Ricci has built a tradition of excellence for Connecticut College rowing. In the last nine years, Connecticut College has taken two gold and eight silver medals at the New England Championship and two gold and one bronze medal at the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia.In 1991, Ricci coached a silver medalist pair at the Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba.
In addition to collegiate coaching, he also serves as the assistant administrative director of the sculling program at the Craftsbury Sculling Center in Craftsbury Common, Vermont. Ricci is also an active competitor in single scull racing throughout the United States.