Will Oliver
Will Oliver
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 617-253-9676
Email: w_oliver@mit.edu
Year: 4th at MIT
College: Virginia '04

Will Oliver was named the head coach of MIT's men's lightweight team in August 2010. He joined the Engineers following a one-year stint as an assistant coach with Georgetown University's men's heavyweight team.

A 2004 graduate of the University of Virginia, Oliver was a team captain and three-year first boat rower for the Cavaliers. After college, he spent one season coaching prep school boys at the Bryanston School in Dorset, England. Oliver returned to his alma mater as the men's freshman coach for one year before being promoted to the men's crew head coach position. During his three-year tenure, Oliver's crews finished as high as 15th nationally among Division I schools.

Jeff Forrester
Jeff Forrester
Title: Richard J. Resch, ’61 Freshman Lightweight Coach
Phone: 617-253-6246
Email: jforrest@mit.edu
Year: 3rd at MIT
College: Rutgers '00

Jeff Forrester will be in his third season with the MIT rowing program in 2012-13.

Forrester came to the Engineers with a wealth of coaching and rowing experience. Most recently he worked at Riverside Boat Club in Cambridge as the Men's Sweep Coach. He has also coached Riverside's Sculling and High Performance Groups, preparing numerous athletes for national and international competition.

Forrester rowed for Rutgers from 1995-1999, earning a silver medal at the IRA regatta in his senior year. After college, he competed on the national and international levels, earning multiple gold medals at Elite Nationals, Canadian Henley, and the Head of the Charles. He represented the United States at the 2007 World Championships in Munich in the Lightweight 8, where he placed 5th.

Justin de Benedictis-Kessner
Justin de Benedictis-Kessner
Title: Assistant Lightweight Coach
Year: 3rd at MIT
College: William & Mary '11