The Episcopal Rowing Program is led by Program Director and Girls Head Coach Mike Alton and Boys Head Coach Pete Washburn. The Episcopal Rowing team trains out of the Walton Boathouse, a state of the art rowing facility located on the banks of the Arlington River at the Knight Campus. The boys’ and girls’ teams row a fall club season that leads up to the scholastic season in the spring.
The Rowing Program fields teams at the Middle and Upper School level. The focus of the program is on overall team development – promoting both physical fitness and technique adjustments that will lead to future success on the water.
About the Coaches
Mike Alton has been coaching for 24 years, the last six of which have been at Episcopal as the head rowing coach. Coach Alton led Episcopal to a Team City Championship and North Regional Championship in 2016. He has also won multiple City Championships in the Varsity Boys and Girls 8. Coach Alton led the Eagles to a number of scholastic state championships as well (Girls Varsity 4 (2016) and Girls Varsity Pair (2016), Boys Novice 4 (2013), state championship third place scholastically in team points (2016)). Coach Alton won the Senior Choice Award (2013) and the John Ran Coach of the Year award in 2016. Prior to joining Episcopal, Coach Alton led Hobart to the Liberty League Championship for six consecutive years (2006-2011). Coach Alton has also served as the head coach for Vassar college and an assistant at Drexel University and Wichita State University. In that time, he was a part of the coaching staff of the year for each of those six years. Coach Alton attended Temple University on a rowing scholarship where he won the Rookie of the Year award and Coach’s Award. While at Temple, Alton was able to make the Varsity 8 as a freshman and went on to win the Dad Vail Championship three out of four years and competed at Henley Royal Regatta in England.
Pete Washburn is one of our most decorated coaches on campus. Pete rowed in high school and then went on to row at Syracuse University, where he was a captain. Also, he was on the US National team twice. Coach Washburn has been coaching since 1972, including 2 years collegiately at Princeton University. He is on his fifth year at Episcopal as a teacher and the Boys Rowing program director.