Syracuse's Lister hired to lead Hamilton rowing program

Jim Lister has been named the head coach for the Hamilton men's and women's rowing teams (photo courtesy Syracuse University athletic communications).
Jim Lister has been named the head coach for the Hamilton men's and women's rowing teams (photo courtesy Syracuse University athletic communications).

Jim Lister, formerly an assistant women's rowing coach at Syracuse University since 2013, has been named the head men's and women's rowing coach at Hamilton College.

Lister also serves as the international recruiting coordinator and director of boathouse operations for the Syracuse women's program. He helped the Orange qualify for the NCAA Division I championships in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Under his guidance, Syracuse's second varsity 8+ finished in 11th place in each of the last two national championships. Lister coached the second varsity 8+ to the Atlantic Coast Conference title and Boat of the Year honors in 2017. He helped the program climb from 21st to 13th in the season's final Division I coaches poll within three years.

"I am both humbled and honored to have the opportunity to lead the Hamilton men's and women's rowing programs," Lister said. "(Former) head coach Rob Weber, assistant coaches Stephanie Ricker and Nicholas Miller, and the rowers themselves have built an incredible team and I look forward to continuing to build upon their successes. I want to thank Director of Athletics Jon Hind '80, Associate Athletic Director Miriam Merrill and the entire search committee for their warmth, confidence and support."

Lister takes over a Hamilton women's program that has finished the last four seasons ranked in the top 10 in the Division III coaches poll. In 2015 the Continentals received an at-large bid to the NCAA championships and ended up ranked third in the final poll. Seven athletes have collected all-America honors since 2012.

"Hamilton College has a rich tradition of academic and athletic excellence and is committed to the development of the whole person," Lister said. "My coaching philosophy aligns perfectly with this commitment and I couldn't be more excited to meet the athletes and to start working toward meeting new goals."

Lister was the recruiting coordinator for Duke University women's rowing from 2003 until 2013 and was appointed the program's associate head coach in 2012. He helped Duke capture the All-Points Trophy at the Head of the Hooch (held on the Tennessee River in Chattanooga) twice, and he coached the varsity 4+ to defeat the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia for the first time in program history. He was selected the 2012 Regional Assisant Coach of the Year for the South Region by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association.

"We are thrilled to have Jim join our team," Hind said. "It was clear after visiting extensively with Jim that he was the right person to lead our rowing program into the future. His many experiences as a coach and as an athlete will serve our student-athletes well. He has a genuine interest in their development and well-being."

Lister has also served as an assistant coach with the Cornell University men's heavyweight program during the 2002-03 season, the Wellesley College women's novice coach during the 2001-02 season, head coach of the Saratoga Rowing Association from 1997 to 2000, head men's and women's coach at University at Albany during the 1996-97 season, and assistant men's and women's coach at Skidmore College from 1993 to 1996.

Lister also has coaching experience with a U.S. U23 pre-elite development camp, and he guided a women's pair and four to the gold medal at the Canadian Henley in 2014. He has managed the U.S. team at the U23 world championships in Brandenberg, Germany, and Prague, Czech Republic.

Lister earned his bachelor's degree from the University at Albany and has his master's in exercise science and coaching from Skidmore. He and his wife Meg have two children.