Program Director/ Head Coach
Andrew began his rowing career in 2001 under the training of current German National Rowing Team Head Coach, Hartmut Buschbacher, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. During that time, Andrew was also training as a nationally ranked 2-weapon fencer with The Baylor School. Upon entering his High School years, Andrew began competing as a scholastic sweep oarsmen and a club sculler. During the summer months, he attended rowing development camps and was an inaugural member of the Southeast Junior Development Camp (2005). Andrew’s junior rowing career was marked by numerous successes including a third place finish in the Men’s Collegiate 2x a the Head of the Charles (2005), a host of medalist finishes at the Head of the Hooch (5 golds), and two invitations to the USRowing Junior National Championships.
In 2007, Andrew matriculated into Gonzaga University with an Academic Scholarship. As a member of the then largest recruited class of oarsmen, the 2007-08 Zags freshmen 8+ defeated The US Naval Academy, Oregon State (3x), Michigan, Virginia, UCLA, Rutgers, Holy Cross, and finished thirteenth at the IRA National Championships. The following season, Andrew was a member of the Zags crew that placed first at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships and posted a historic top finish for a Gonzaga 8+ at the IRA National Championships (sixteenth). In 2009-10, Andrew and his classmates led a young crew to many victories including defeating Washington State for the twentieth time in 22 years at the 2010 Fawley Cup. During Andrew’s senior season as a Zag, he was a member of the crew that placed second at WIRA qualifying for a birth at the 2011 IRA National Championships. At the IRA, the Zags Varsity 8+ placed seventeenth. During the entirety of his collegiate career, Andrew returned home to Chattanooga every summer to coach and work at the Southeast Junior Development Camp.
During the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons, Andrew acted as a co-captain of the Gonzaga University Men’s rowing team. He was also a member of The Gonzaga Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for two years and heavily involved with student athlete volunteer opportunities. Andrew was also was named All-WIRA first-place boat in 2011 and graduated from Gonzaga with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biochemistry. Recently Andrew recieved his USRowing Level II and Advanced Coaching Certifications, and this summer he will be coaching at the Southeast Juniors Rowing Development Camp in Chattanoga, Tennessee.
Currently, Andrew lives in Maryville, TN and works for Molecular Pathology Laboratory Network (MPLN) and volunteers as Head Coach and Program Director at ETRO.
Erika is from Memphis, TN and started her rowing career at University of Tennessee Knoxville as a walk on in 2008. She was on the Novice squad as a freshman and advanced to the Varsity team quickly as she progressed in strength and skill and was a four year letter winner. In 2010 as a sophomore she rowed in the varsity eight and earned many honors including Conference USA Newcomer of the year and the Tennessee Lady Volunteers won the Conference USA Championship. She was also selected to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) First Team All South Region and participated in the NCAA Rowing Championship in California. During her junior campaign she was named to the Conference USA All Conference Team and was again selected to the CRCA First Team All South Region. She has had the opportunity to row in many events across the United States including Head of the Charles in Boston, MA, the Lake Natoma Invitational in Rancho Cordova, CA, the San Diego Crew Classic in Mission Bay, CA, and the Head of the Hooch in Chattanooga, TN as well as other events in Princeton, NJ, Michigan, Virginia and Florida.
Erika was one of eighteen women in the United States to be selected to attend the US Rowing Pre-Elite Development Rowing Camp, summer 2011, in Syracuse, New York. She competed with this group in the US Rowing Club Nationals in Indianapolis, IN and won Gold medal in V-4, and Silver medal in V-8.
In her Senior year she lead her shell and her team mates to victory in the Conference USA Championships and was named for a second year to the Conference USA All Conference Team and a third time to the CRCA First Team All South Region. Her greatest career honor was to have her achievements recognized by the College Rowing Coaches Association and be named as All-American in 2012, one of only eleven women to receive this honor in University of Tennessee Rowing history.
She also was named to SEC Academic Honor Roll for six semesters, and was awarded a scholarship. She will complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology in December 2012, and plans to complete her Master’s degree and work as a Physician’s Assistant (PA).
She has been active in church, coaching children’s athletics, and multiple community events and is excited to be part of the staff at East Tennessee Rowing Organization.