Longtime coach Mike Willy ’92 returned to Logger Crew in the fall of 2015 after a 14-year hiatus. Formerly the program director from 1996 to 2002, he now coaches the varsity men’s squad. In 2016 he led the men’s varsity four to a bronze medal at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships.
During his previous stint as the head coach at Puget Sound, Willy guided the men's team to two conference championships, was named the Conference Men's Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2002, and the WIRA Men's Coach of the Year in 2001. The team also captured third and fourth place finishes in the men's varsity eight event at the WIRA Championships in 2001 and 2002, and brought home the gold medal in the 2002 men's varsity four.
A Seattle native, Willy came to Puget Sound as an undergraduate student and began rowing as a sophomore. He coached as an assistant at Puget Sound, Pacific Lutheran, as an intern coach with the University of Washington varsity women, and at several rowing clubs prior taking over as the head coach at Puget Sound in 1996.
Willy holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Puget Sound and is currently a Firefighter/Paramedic & Rescue Swimmer with West Pierce Fire & Rescue. He lives in Tacoma and is married with two teenage sons.