Wildcats now set eyes on historic Women's Henley Regatta
The 2014-2015 season will mark the 26th year for Jack St. Clair as head coach of the Villanova Women's Rowing Program. Before taking over the women's program, St. Clair headed up the men's crew team at Villanova for six seasons. He took a leave of absence in 1993, but returned in 1995 to assume the reins of the Wildcat women.
In 2000, St. Clair led his Women's Varsity Heavyweight Eight boat to a Dad Vail title. The Wildcats claimed the Margaret McNiff Trophy at the Dad Vail in the 2010-11 season as the Varsity Four raced to victory.
Since his return to Villanova, St. Clair has catapulted the Wildcats to a number of titles including the Head of the Charles, Head of the Schuylkill, San Diego Crew Classic, Dad Vail Regatta and National Collegiate Championship. In 1998, the Villanova Lightweights were ranked No. 1 in the country, giving Villanova its first national championship. In 1998, both lightweights and heavyweights posted numerous victories throughout the season and competed in the prestigious Henley Regatta in London, England.
A two-time United States National Team rower, St. Clair was also a two-time member of the U.S. team that toured throughout Europe. As a rower for the Vesper Boat Club, he competed in England's renowned Henley Regatta in 1974 and 1975, finishing in second place for the Prince Phillip Goblet. St. Clair also won a silver medal at the 1975 Pan Am Games and competed in the World Rowing Championships in 1975 and 1977.
A native of Philadelphia, Pa., St. Clair received his Bachelor of Science degree from Temple University, where he was a member of the crew, track and cross country teams. He and his wife, Christine, reside in Wyndmoor, Pa. The copule has two daughters, Lauren and Stephanie.p>