WILLIAM T. ENDICOTT - Nominee for the 'Lifetime Achievement' Award.
Meet one of the most extraordinary leaders in paddlesports: William T. “Bill” Endicott (USA). Bill much prefers the low light, or no light, rather than the limelight, but his vision, leadership and self-less commitment to people and to our sport, at all levels, over the last 40+ years has been - and is still - nothing short of extraordinary and deserving of more recognition and appreciation.
Bill is a paddle-sport coaching legend, author and former U.S. national team slalom canoeist who has quietly and masterfully transformed and inspired athletes and teams from around the world into national, World and Olympic champions. He also helped revolutionise the slalom discipline and sport organization, laying the foundation for what it is today.
He was the personal coach of athletes who won 57 medals, 27 of them gold, in World Cup, World Championship and Olympic competition. Among these athletes were the U.S. C-1 slalom athletes of the 1980’s who dominated world competition, Jon Lugbill and Davey Hearn, who both won the World Championships multiple times; 1988 sprint K-2 Olympic Champion Norm Bellingham; 1992 Olympic C-2 Men Champions Joe Jacobi and Scott Strausbaugh; and 1992 K-1 Women Olympic bronze medalist Dana Chladek.
He was one of the founders of the Canoe Slalom World Cup in the late 1980’s and was its first president for five years. During this time he played a critical advocacy role in getting the slalom discipline reinstated on the Olympic program for the 1992 Olympics. He has been a highly sought after coach, serving in this capacity in eight countries and was a sports consultant to China, Britain, and Australia and is now, once again, consulting with USA CanoeKayak/American Canoe Association.
Bill has always taken a scientific/engineering/Zen-type approach to his coaching and athleticism and was so inspired by the athletes he worked with that he turned his experiences into timeless written treasures of paddle-sport, six of which are available on the web for free.
Outside of paddling, Bill has been equally as impactful, having served as an aide in the U.S. House of Representatives and then as the Director of Research and Analysis in the Clinton White House Office of Political Affairs. He has two degrees from Harvard University, was a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, and is married to the award-winning singer/songwriter Abigail "Abbie" Bingham Endicott. They have one son, singer/songwriter, Sam. In his spare time, Bill stays in phenomenal shape by either rowing in his single-person rowing shell, kayaking or traveling around the world (72 countries), often with wife Abbie.
- Coach, USA Whitewater Slalom Team (1977-1992), Team Manager, U.S. Slalom and Wildwater Team, 1975 World Championships, Skopje, Yugoslavia
- International advocate for whitewater slalom racing on a world stage (1989-1999)
- Co-creator of Slalom World Cup (1987-1992)
- Advocate helping to ensure whitewater slalom inclusion in Olympics (1989-1999) Fundraiser and supporter of US Team (1997-2004)
- Key organiser in getting the ’96 Olympic slalom course funded and built
- ’92 Olympic Team Coach: USA won C-2 Gold and KIW Bronze
- ’04 Olympic Team Leader: USA won K1W Silver
- 2-Time inductee into the International Whitewater Hall of Fame: Lifetime Achievement Award, 2005; Advocate, 2007.
- NBC color commentator for canoeing and kayaking for the 1996 and 2008 Olympics
- Author of 7 books on canoeing and kayaking (the first six are available for free here
- The River Masters: A History of the World Championships of Whitewater Canoeing;
- To Win the Worlds: A Textbook for Elite Slalomists and Their Coaches;
- The Ultimate Run: Canoe Slalom at the Highest Levels;
- The Danger Zone: Downriver Canoeing at the Highest Levels;
- Two Trips to the Top: A Case Study of Rebecca Giddens and Oliver Fix
- The Barton Mold: A Study in Sprint Kayaking, with Greg Barton, two-time Canoe Sprint Olympic champion
- The King of Slalomia, with Fabien Lefèvre, considered the most accomplished cross-discipline slalom paddler of all time.
Other personal athletic accomplishments:
- National Wildwater Champion (C-2): 1970
- 1972 Olympic team alternate (C-2)
- C-2 slalom and wildwater team member (C-2): 1971 and ‘73 World Championship
- Still an avid kayaker and rower, always tinkering with new inventions for training.
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