NEW YORKPeter Pilling, Columbia University's Campbell Family Director of Intercollegiate Athletics & Physical Education announced Friday that Scott Ramsey will not return as head women's rowing coach in 2017-18.

“We are appreciative of the effort and hard work that Scott has contributed to the Columbia women's rowing program over the past six years and wish him success in the future,” Pilling said. “After evaluating the women's rowing program, we believe that the time is right for a leadership change in order to help the program reach our athletic and academic goals. We will immediately begin a national search for a new women's rowing coach.”

In 2017, Columbia finished in sixth place overall out of eight teams at the Ivy League Championships. It was the program's best team finish in four years.

Ramsey served as Columbia's women's rowing coach since 2011. In 2012-13, he guided Columbia to its best year in program history with a No. 15 national ranking in the CRCA coaches poll, victory at the EAWRC Sprint Championships and its first-ever varsity eight wins at the Dunn Bowl and Connell Cup. Ramsey also served as an assistant rowing coach with the Columbia women's team and men's heavyweight squad for two years from 2007-09.