Head Sailing Coach
Adam Werblow will be entering his 28th season as the head coach of the St. Mary’s sailing team during the 2016-17 season. During his tenure, the team has amassed 15 national titles, while Seahawk sailors have earned over 150 individual All-America honors. In 2015, Adam was inducted into the ICSA Hall of Fame.
A 1988 graduate of Connecticut College, he was the captain of the sailing team. From 1989-1992, Werblow was a member of the U.S. Sailing Team in the Flying Dutchman class.
He has been the head coach for U.S. Youth Worlds Team eight times and led the team to two gold and two silver medals in 1991, the best record ever at those world championships. In 1999, Werblow was named the Developmental Coach-of-the-Year by the U.S. Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Committee.
He is married to Amy Moore and the couple resides in St. Mary’s City with their two children, Meredith and Michael, and their labrador, Fluke.
Telephone: (240) 895-4419
Director of Sailing
Bill Ward joined St. Mary’s sailing in the Fall of 2006, this will be his 11th season with the Seahawks.
In 15 years of collegiate coaching, Ward has coached teams that have won seven National Championships and amassed twenty-seven podium (top 3) finishes at National Championship Regattas. At Team Race Nationals, Ward’s teams have finished in the top 3 in eight of the last ten years ( 3 -1sts, 4 – 2nds, 1 -3rd).
In 2008, Ward was named the US Olympic Committee National Coach of the Year for Sailing by the U.S. Olympic Sailing Committee. That same year, he had the honor of coaching Team USA at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games (Laser).
Bill was also on the coaching staff of the U.S. Sailing Team for the 2007 Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Laser, Radial, Sunfish) and the 2011 ISAF World Championships in Perth, Australia (Women’s Match Racing).
In 2013, Ward coached The American Youth Sailing Force in the inaugural Red Bull Youth America’s Cup sailed in AC 45 catamarans on San Francisco Bay. ‘The Force’ finished in 5th place overall in a ten team field.
In 2016, Bill was named S1D/ Henri Lloyd Coach of the Year by the readers of sail1design.com.
Bill graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 1996, where he was a two-time All-America Honorable Mention (1994 and 1995) and team captain. Ward led Georgetown to the program’s first-ever appearances at the ICSA Dinghy and Sloop National Championships.
Bill and his wife, Kelly, live in Saint Inigoes, Maryland.
Assistant Sailing Coach
Conner Blouin joined the Seahawk sailing coach staff as an assistant in June 2015. Blouin comes to St. Mary’s after two years as the head sailing coach at his alma mater, Washington College.
As a sailor for Washington College, Blouin was a two-year team captain, three-time team Most Valuable Sailor, two-time All-America honorable mention skipper, two-time All-MAISA selection, and 2010 first-team Academic All-American. At the end of his senior year, he became the second student-athlete in school history to win both the College’s Senior Athletic Award, given to the top senior athlete, and the Alfred Reddish Award, given to the senior male athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average.
Blouin sailed in the program’s first three ICSA Co-Ed Dinghy National Semifinal regatta appearances and, in 2009, the team’s first-ever appearance at the ICSA Co-Ed Dinghy National Championship regatta. He finished his collegiate sailing career with a school-record 12 career divisional first-place finishes. With Blouin leading the way, the Washington College sailing team was consistently ranked in the ICSA Co-Ed National Top 20, peaking at eighth in the nation in 2009. Blouin has continued competing nationally and internationally since college, and represented the United States in the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, finishing sixth in the Sunfish Class.
Blouin, who was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa while attending Washington College, received a degree in economics from the school in May 2010. Two years later he went on to earn a Masters in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Assistant Director Waterfront Activities
Rick Loheed joined St. Mary’s Waterfront in the summer of 2008, organizing and scoring the SMCM ‘Governor’s Cup Yacht Race’ as his first duty. He loves teaching his 2 sections of the basic sailing class and hopes to teach more. He is a 100 ton licensed Master with Sail Endorsement, Inland.
Rick is an avid Sailor and accomplished Marine Engineer. In May 2000 he earned membership in the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and is a member of the International Hydrofoil Society. He believes strongly in a ‘vertically integrated’ approach, maintaining that hands on skill development must be included in higher education. Toward his personal goal of learning engineering design he is a skilled machinist and welder, computer programmer, data reduction specialist, design engineer and hydrodynamicist. He learned fluid dynamics building and operating gas turbine, rocket research apparatus, water channels and wind tunnels in a satellite laboratory of Purdue University’s School of Mechanical Engineering as he attended classes in MET.
He discovered sailing ‘scows’ in 1985/86. Joining the Lafayette Sailing Club and sailing an M-16 scow he won the ‘Rookie of the Year’ in 1986, winning the season Championship in 1987. He served as Race Committee Chairman in 1988 and 1989.
Moving to Maryland in 1991 he began a career engineering control systems for advanced marine vehicles. He continued to race sailboats in Solomon’s and created the ‘St. George Island Yacht Club’ to further the sport of sailing. He continues to ‘import’ and promote his beloved Midwest scows, frequently teaching sailing using his MC-Scow.
Rick engineered and built much of the support and organizational equipment in use at the Waterfront today.