Our coaching staff includes award-winning coaches with decades of experience. Based on the expertise of our incredible coaching staff (with a 18:1 rower to coach ratio) using a modified Long Term Athletic Development model (LTAD) to introduce fundamental physical skills and cognitive awareness for overall athletic improvement that is developmentally appropriate for our young athletes. We use today's best practices to provide a safe, inspiring, and energetic environment. Our training includes on-water training, indoor rowing, plyometric mobility, interval training, core development, dynamic lifting, and regular progress tracking to help the athlete succeed. East Tennessee believes a successful team and an athlete’s positive experience fall on employing certified professional coaches who have a passion for the sport they coach.
Although many factors help determine outcomes in sports, coaches have a direct influence on athletes, their attitudes and performance. Athletes perceive and interpret their athletic experience based on the leadership they receive, as well as their ability to perform well. Effective coaches influence athletes toward greatness.
Coaches can have a huge impact on athletes’ personal lives and goals and how they perceive themselves and their community. Individual athletes look to coaches for leadership and encouragement beyond the sports environment, and this also carries over to athletic performance. According to Athletic Insight, the relationship between a coach and a student-athlete determines overall motivation and stress levels. Coaching behavioral practices such as hard work, compassion, cooperation, loyalty and enthusiasm, can lead to positive leadership and can influence individual athletes toward personal growth and success.
Bringing over 20 years of rowing experience to East Tennessee Rowing, most recently Coach Eubanks worked with Connecticut based RowAmerica. His coaching career started with the Louisiana School of Math, Science, and Art (Natchitoches, Louisiana) 1995-1996, Centenary College (Shreveport, Louisiana) 1997-2001, and Oak Ridge Rowing/Atomic Rowing (Oak Ridge, Tennessee) 2001-2013. Coach
Eubanks’ crews have medaled at the USRowing Club National Championships, USRowing Southeast District Youth Championships, Head of the Schuylkill, Head of the Hooch, and multiple other regional events.
Eubanks is a co-founder of the Southeast Junior Rowing Development Camp (SEJ) to identify and develop junior talent each summer. Eubanks is well respected in the rowing community for finding and developing talent. He has helped identify and develop over 30 athletes from the Knoxville metro area that have gone on to receive rowing scholarships at many of the country’s top collegiate programs.
Coach Eubanks served as the USRowing Youth Committee Southeast Representative from 2002 to 2015, serving as the chairman of that committee for nine years. Nationally recognized in 2007 for his resounding commitment to the sport of rowing Eubanks recieved the USRowing Chapman Award.
Coach Whitney joins the East Tennessee Rowing Staff in her first season, after a four-year rowing career at the University of Tennessee where she graduated with a degree in mathematics. While at Tennessee, Whitney was selected and named as part of the Big 12 all-conference team her senior year. She has rowed at the prestigious Head of the Charles and has also competed in the San Diego Crew Classic. In both her junior and senior year, she competed in the first varsity 8 during conference championships held at Melton Hill in Oak Ridge. Prior to attending UT, Whitney graduated 5th in her class at Heritage High School where she was a four-year letter winner in basketball.
Coach Whitney discovered rowing her freshmen year at UT and began the sport as part of the novice team. She wants to share her passion for rowing with the community she grew up in and hopefully reach out to kids that have the potential to love the sport earlier on. She is excited about being on the other side of the sport and about all there is to learn.