In 1999, Tilton guided the Golden Hurricane to the brink of national attention as Tulsa received votes in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) polls throughout the season. In addition three athletes earned CRCA National Scholar-Athlete honors, while Emily Saul was named to the CRCA all-Central Region team.
Tilton came to Tulsa after spending two seasons as head coach at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. In 1998, his team qualified four boats for the Champion International Collegiate Regatta. His team won the Team Point Trophy at the New Hampshire Championships in 1997.
Previously, Tilton held numerous coaching positions on the east coast. He began his coaching career as the assistant crew coach at Clark University (Mass.) in 1991. He has also held coaching positions at Simmons College (Mass.) as the novice crew coach, sculling coach at the Florida Rowing Center, assistant coach for the MIT Women's Crew team and guest sculling coach at Craftsbury Sculling Center in Vermont.
A native of Maine, Tilton has extensive experience behind the oar as well. He began his rowing career at Clark University and then rowed at Riverside Boat Club's lightweight development camp. He has competed in several U.S. Nationals and Canadian Henley's, medaling in numerous boats.
As for his coaching philosphy, Tilton emphasizes fundamentals and peak conditioning while relying on a light, humor-based approach to keep the atmosphere positive and motivational. He has been using his coaching skills outside the university to increase exposure for the sport of rowing. He has developed a high school youth program with the Tulsa Rowing Club and offers rowing instruction to youth and adults through classes and summer camps.
Tilton earned his bachelor's degree in Government from Clark University in 1991, and his master's degree in education from Boston University in 1996.
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