Will Oliver
Will Oliver
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 617-253-9676
Email: w_oliver@mit.edu
Year: 7th at MIT
Previous 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.

During Oliver’s tenure in Cambridge, the Cardinal and Gray were Gold medalists at the Dad Vail Regatta in the 2013 Lightweight 4 and 2014 Lightweight 8 competitions. The 2015 season saw MIT reach No. 3 in the national rankings, the highest placement under his tutelage. The Engineers also advanced to the Grand Finals at the EARC Sprints for the second year in a row, marking their first back-to-back appearances since 1997.

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: 6th at MIT
Previous College: Rutgers '00

Jeff Forrester enters his sixth season at MIT. Prior to working with the Engineers, he served as the Men's Sweep Coach at the Riverside Boat Club in Cambridge. Forrester also coached Riverside's Sculling and High Performance Groups, preparing numerous athletes for national and international competition.

Forrester rowed for Rutgers from 1995-99, 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. Forrester represented the United States at the 2007 World Championships in Munich in the Lightweight 8, where he placed fifth.

Justin de Benedictis-Kessner
Justin de Benedictis-Kessner
Title: Assistant Lightweight Coach
Year: 6th at MIT
Previous College: William & Mary '11