Nick Hughes has been the Director of the St. Lawrence University rowing program since its inception in 1999 and led the transition from club to varsity status. Hughes' guidance has been instrumental in establishing the Saints as one of the premier crew programs in the East.
He has lead the charge to construct the St. Lawrence University Boathouse on the St. Lawrence River in Waddington and in 2015, led the effort to raise support from alumni and friends of the rowing program to install an indoor training facility including indoor rowing tanks located in the Leithead Field House on campus.
In 2017, 13 members of the St. Lawrence University women's rowing team earned NIRC (National Invitational Rowing Championships) Steward's All-Academic Team honors after competing in the NIRC championships in Worcester, Massachusetts. Senior captain Annalise Williams also earned All-NIRC Team honors and was awarded the 2017 Sportsmanship Award, which is presented to the male and female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior.
In 2016, Hughes guided the Novice 8 boat to a Liberty League championship as the crew earned All-Liberty League honors.
Hughes' 2010 team earned its third consecutive Liberty League title, a second place finish at the NYS Championships and a sixth place finish at ECAC's. His team climbed to as high as No. 4 in the national polls and went to the NCAA Championships for the third straight year before closing the year ranked No. 7 in Division III rowing.
Hughes and his team were rewarded for all of their efforts, as the Varsity Eight boat earned Liberty League 'Crew of the Year" honors, while Hughes and his staff were named Coaching Staff of the Year by the conference for the third consecutive year.
In his tenure at St. Lawrence, Hughes has coached three National All-Americas, including Maggie Fellows who continues to row at Craftsbury as part of the Green Racing Project.
In 2008, Hughes guided the Saints to their first ever Liberty League Championship, where the Varsity Eight boat took the gold medal for the first time in program history. The team's performance throughout the season helped them earn the programs first ever NCAA bid, where the Saints IV placed second in the petite final of the Varsity Eight race, while the 2V placed fourth in the third final.
Hughes, a 1994 graduate of Dartmouth College and a four-year member of the men's lightweight crew team, was the assistant coach of boys crew at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Northfield Ma. and has worked as a product manager for Seligman Financial Services.