Veteran water-skier Mark Bedsole enters his 26th year at the helm of the Rollins program in 2017. Bedsole has led the Tars to two Division II Collegiate National Championships, winning back-to-back titles in 2002 and 2003.
The past six seasons, Rollins has qualified for the NCWSA National Championship and posted consecutive top-10 finishes.
In 2016 the Tars men, led by Dorien Llewellyn, and Josh Briant, took fourth at Nationals, while the women took fifth behind Natalia Cuglievan's tricks individual championship.
Led by Erika Lang, who won an individual championship in tricks, the Rollins women finished fifth overall while the men placed sixth in 2015.
Prior to that, the Tars were fifth in 2010 and sixth in 2011. Rollins emerged as a national favorite in 2012, finishing fifth after qualifying for Division I.
Bedsole coached the US Elite Team at the USOC 1997-99 and has been very active with Junior Development teams. As a skier, he scored five straight top-five finishes at the NCWSA Nationals in the late 1990's. He is a four-time national champion in tricks and in 2010 finished second in the event at the World Championships. Bedsole won back to back senior tricks world champoinships in 2012 and 2013.
An owner and operator of his own ski school for the past two decades, Bedsole is a 1992 graduate of Florida Southern College where he was named All-American in 1991.