ETR to offer Adult Rowing Lessons

Posted May 21, 2015 by Allen

ETR to offer Adult Rowing Lessons

This is where is all begins! 

DATES: June 1 through June 25

DAYS: Tuesday, Thursday 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

COST: $120.00

East Tennessee Rowing offers this introductory adult  rowing program for twice a week for four weeks. Sessions are co-ed, coached, organized, and non-competitive. To prepare the participants to join more experienced competitive or recreational programs.  The course is designed for adults (21 and up) with no rowing experience to introduces basic rowing form, technique, proper boat handling, safety, as well as rowing terminology. 

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National Learn to Row Day

Posted May 19, 2015 by Allen

National Learn to Row Day

Get in shape, trying something new, enjoying the outdoors while meeting new people.

LOUISVILLE, TN - East Tennessee Rowing is hosting a free Learn to Row Day, Saturday, June 6 at 8:00am - 4:00pm, to give you a chance to have an unforgettable experience the sport of rowing. East Tennessee Rowing is proud to support the 14th annual National Learn to Row Day, sponsored by USRowing and Concept2. The lessons will be offered at the Smoky Mountain Rowing Center 3452 Louisville Rd in Louisville.

Take advantage of our open house to visit our boathouse, meet with the coaching staff and active rowers, ask questions and get in a boat and give rowing a try. Bring a friend or two and have a great time on the lake. This is a no-fee event and No experience is needed to get started. ETR will offer five 90 minute introductory session being at 8:00 and offered through the day (8:00A, 10:00A, 12:00P, 2:00P, 4:00P) …you’ll be glad you did!

These free sessions are specifically geared for those with no prior rowing experience and will be taught by our Club coaches. Wear comfortable but tight-fitting clothing, such as cycling shorts or long leggings. The boats have built-in shoes, so you can wear sandals, tennis shoes or any other footwear to the class, but bring socks. Bring some extra clothing, especially socks. Loose fitting clothing is not recommended because it may become tangled in the rowing equipment. In hot weather, use sunscreen, hats or visors. Always bring water in non-breakable bottles to drink during hot weather workouts.  In cool weather, wear ­layers of close-fitting garments.  There are no locker room facilities so please come prepared to row.

This event will happen rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, a video presentation or land workout will replace the rowing. We will row in light rain, provided other conditions are favorable.

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ETR Qualifies for USRowing Youth Nationals

Posted May 11, 2015 by Allen

ETR Qualifies for USRowing Youth Nationals

Men's crew qualifies for national post-season rowing championship

GAINESVILLE, GA, East Tennessee Rowing wrapped up their spring season this past weekend at the USRowing Southeast District Youth Championship, held on the 1996 Olympic Course in Gainesville, Georgia. The multi-day regatta featured over 2500 athletes, competing in 36 events, representing 44 rowing clubs from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.  This regatta includes 18 USRowing Youth National Championship qualification events that are scheduled for Sarasota, Florida, site of the 2017 World Championships, later in June.

 “You see the best crews in the southeast at this event,” head coach Allen Eubanks, “and they are all bringing it, because the podium at this regatta is not only for the top three finishers but also selects the crews for the national championship regatta.”

 Allen Eubanks, in his first season as head coach of East Tennessee Rowing is no stranger to this regatta taking teams for 14 of the 19 years of the event. As well as qualifying crews ten of the past 13 years for the USRowing National Championship. East Tennessee Rowing was represented at the district regatta by a men’s 1V four, women’s 1V four, women’s lightweight four for qualification events, as well as the men’s 2V four, men’s novice four, women’s 2V four for the non-qualification events. Of the six crews starting on Saturday morning only the men’s 1V four, women’s 1V four advanced through the packed field in to the finals.

 “The spring season was cut really short for us due to the winter weather and Ft.. Loudoun water levels. The spring season started in February,” coach Eubanks remarked,” however we did not really get on the water until the first April. Which gave us a really short six weeks on the water to get fast quick, instead of our normal twelve weeks. So, I’m very pleased with how all the crews finished.”

 The women’s 1V 4+ of Diamond Hurst (MHS Sr.), Hannah Hayes (MJHS Fr.), Lindsey Krawczyk (MHS Jr.), Jo Jo Cooper (home school Sr.) and coxswain Sydney Boles (MHS Jr.) place 3rd in the heat to advance to the finals, where they placed 5th over Charlotte but falling to crews from Nashville, Miami, Sarasota, and North Orlando.

 When the waves of competition settled in the Men's Youth 1V 4+ four seniors and a junior from Maryville High School had grabbed the final qualification bid for the USRowing Youth National Championship Regatta in the event behind Sarasota and Miami. The crew of Dylan Vines (Sr), Andrew Knoll (Jr), Andrew Franks (Sr), Cody Legg (Sr), and coxswain Nadia Jabbour (Sr), nosed out Stanton-River Bank of Jacksonville, FL by 1 second followed by Atlanta Juniors and Boone High School of Orlando, FL. After a quick break to graduate, the crew will continue to train now twice a day for the next month to get ready for the national event.

East Tennessee Rowing finishes the year with some positive momentum going into summer. With two athletes signing with collegiate women’s rowing programs; Hurst to West Virginia University and Cooper to the University of Charleston. Several athletes have been selected to row during the summer at the regional and national level; Knoll has being selected to train this summer with the USRowing Junior National Team while Boles, Hurst, Hayes, and Krawczyk have been selected to attend the Southeast Junior Development Camp this summer.

East Tennessee Rowing is a rowing club for Blount, Knox, and Loudon Counties offering programs for youth and adults, training at the Smoky Mountain Rowing Center on Ft. Loudoun Lake at 3452 Louisville Road in Louisville.  The boathouse is easily accessible from Pellissippi Parkway by taking exit 9 to Topside Road, head west and turn right on Louisville Road, the boathouse is 1.5 miles on the right, just past Louisville Point Park.  Summer is a great time to learn to row with the clubs many options of evening classes and summer camps conducted throughout the summer. East Tennessee Rowing Summer Rowing Camps provide a two week introduction to rowing for new athletes these three hour sessions are held Monday through Thursday. Athletes will spend time on the water and land training. Upon completion athletes can go on to the fall recreational, development or competitive programs.  For more information please visit or find us on Facebook.

Photo Credit Ron Harbin

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ETR hires Allen Eubanks as head coach

Posted February 01, 2015 by Allen

MARYVILLE, TN - East Tennessee Rowing announced in February the hiring of Allen Eubanks as head coach over the club’s rowing programs. Coach Eubanks, bringing over 20 years of experience and successful crews to East Tennessee Rowing. Eubanks was working with the Connecticut based RowAmerica before this opportunity at East Tennessee Rowing opened up.

"It is truly an honor and a privilege to be the head rowing coach at East Tennessee Rowing," said Eubanks. "I appreciate the values, traditions, and level of expectations that come with this position, and I look forward to being a part of this exciting program. I'd like to particularly thank Dr. Roger Hubbard for giving me this great opportunity to stay in East Tennessee and I look forward to working with the athletes to achieve excellence both on and off the water for many years to come."

A native of Bossier City, LA, Coach Eubanks served with the U.S. Army for four years during Operation Desert Storm as an armored tank crewman then followed up with another nine years with the Louisiana National Guard as a tank gunner and tank commander. He began rowing at the Northwestern State University of Louisiana and served as president of the NSU crew team in 1995 and 1996. Eubanks is married to wife Candace with two children Ethan and Evelyn.

Eubanks started coaching in 1995 with the Louisiana School of Math, Science, and Art (Natchitoches, LA) before moving on in 1998 to Centenary College (Shreveport, LA). In 2001 Coach Eubanks hired as the Head Coach at Oak Ridge Rowing where he spent 12 seasons coaching successful junior crews and developing the Melton Lake Rowing Course into one of the top regatta venues in the country. Eubanks’ crews have placed at the US Club National Championships, Southeast District Championships, Head of the Schuylkill, Head of the Hooch, and multiple regional events. Eubanks served on the USRowing Youth Committee as the Southeast Regional Representative from 2002 to 2015, serving as the chairman of that committee for last nine years, and was recognized in 2007 as the recipient of the USRowing Chapman Award for his resounding commitment to the sport of rowing.

Eubanks is well respected in the area and in the rowing community as a strong ambassador of junior rowing. He has helped identify and develop over 25 athletes from the Knoxville metro area that have gone on to receive rowing scholarships at Division I and Division II schools; many of these schools being the country’s top collegiate programs. Additionally, in 2005 Coach Eubanks co-founded and serves as head coach for the Southeast Junior Development Camp, a rowing pre-elite summer rowing camp held at Baylor School of Chattanooga.

“We are very excited to have Coach Eubanks join our organization,” said Dr. Roger Hubbard, President. “His ability to develop athletes, communicate the skill of rowing to young people and then guide them to continue on to college is well respected in the rowing community. Coach Krug will still be involved with the crews at East Tennessee Rowing, However, due to his full time employment responsibilities it was important to bring in Coach Eubanks to keep the programs momentum going forward.”

Eubanks; coaching staff includes Andrew Krug, head coach of the team to some major achievements in the past 3 seasons, including qualifying the programs first crew for the USRowing Youth National Championship. Coach Krug, will continue working with the team as well as former Lady Volunteer rower Erika Lauderdale and Loni Albrecht Atomic Rowing alumni and former Southern Methodist University rower. “Coach Krug has done an excellent job here. The talent has a solid base to build on which makes me excited about the future,” said Coach Eubanks.

“I am very much looking forward to working with Coach Eubanks,” said Coach Krug. “Together we will work toward making East Tennessee Rowing the preeminent rowing club in State if not the Southeast.”

Due to the wintery weather and now spring break, athletes can still sign-up for the spring. East Tennessee Rowing is a traveling rowing team that offers introductory, recreational and competitive programing for youth 12-18 years of age as well as Adults. “No experience needed to have an experience of a lifetime in rowing,” said Coach Eubanks. “If an athlete the Blount, Anderson, Knox, or a surrounding counties wants to learn to row, become competitive. All they have to do is register on-line and get to one of our boathouses. We will teach everything they will need to know about rowing.”

East Tennessee Rowing Organization, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, traveling rowing team promoting a lifelong passion for the sport of rowing for juniors ages 12-18, as well as adults, seeking a competitive rowing environment and those new to year-round rowing programs. If you would like to support the sport or join, please go to for more details.


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ETRO Prepares for Fall Racing

Posted August 18, 2014 by Andrew

ETRO Prepares for Fall Racing

            It’s that time of year again, when commuters in Blount County see ETRO athletes in long, thin boats rowing on Fort Loudon Lake under Pellissippi Parkway.  Their sleek shells directed by demanding coxswains as their coach motors alongside…shouting words of encouragement and guidance, words of promise. 


            East Tennessee Rowing Organization is beginning their 10th fall season in the seldom-noticed sport of sweep rowing.  This young team has grown dramatically over the past decade, from a team of 8 girls in early 2004 to a team of more than 50 young men and women from five local high schools.  Sweep rowing or crew is one of the most physically and mentally demanding of all team sports.  It requires resilient mental acuity, exacting physical strength.  It demands teamwork on all levels.


            “This is the most team oriented sport out of any other athletic activity.  In other sports, you can slack off a little or you can have one person be a superstar.  But in rowing, you all have to work together.  We rely on each other; you can’t have a weak link without hurting the others” states Josh Bostrom, 2014 ETRO Men’s Senior Athlete.  “Rowing requires a host of support, from the parents to the coxswain to the coach.  Coach Andrew Krug is the all-seeing eye in rowing.  Nobody sees the entire picture like the coach does.  He’s able to describe what’s going on in each seat and can provide details to help us individually create a cohesive team.”  The coxswain’s job is to make sure every member of the boat is in sync and working together.  “Contrary to popular belief, the coxswain is not just the person who yells “ROW!!”.  The cox is essentially the commander of a vessel.  They steer, make the calls, tell you when to go, when to slow down.  They move around, scream and motivate each rower to give every last ounce of strength to make the boat powerfully glide through the water, looking effortless and graceful in a bid for total synchronicity, guaranteeing success at the finish line.


            It is fitting that ETRO’s 10th year in this competitive sport would be met with success at the collegiate level for ETRO graduating seniors.  This is the first year scholarship opportunities are being offered to members of the team.  “I’ve received e-mails from Oklahoma State, WVU, Old Dominion University, Navy, Indiana State, University of Portland and several others”, adds Diamond Hurst, 2014 ETRO Senior Athlete.  Colleges and universities have been assessing Coach Krug’s team through the 2014 spring and summer sessions, offering some of his athletes full scholarships to row for their NCAA collegiate teams.  (Josh)  “I’m looking at Jacksonville University and Florida Tech as well as several schools in the Philadelphia area.  For guys, it’s a little bit more difficult to achieve a scholarship.  But for girls, if you have good grades and are a good rower (sub 8), then you’re almost guaranteed a scholarship.”


            Sub 8 refers to the total minutes necessary to complete a 2,000 meter race.  Universities require their female recruits to row a 2K in less than 7 minutes; 30 seconds.  “Right now, I’m at 7:37, but I’m going sub 7:30 by working hard every day, listening to my coach, completing the CrossFit workouts and strength training”, says Hurst.  “Rowing has opened up possibilities for me I never thought I’d have.”  Coach Krug confirms, “Our athletes at East Tennessee Rowing are given all of the opportunities they need to succeed. With hard work and dedication any athlete can rise to accomplishments of our Senior Athletes”.


           Early predictions for the 2014 fall season look promising for the ETRO squad.  The biggest regional competition has been from Sarasota and Miami.  However, both teams lost significant contributing seniors last spring.  ETRO was fortunate to lose only one graduating senior this year, Matthew Calloway.  The team has essentially remained intact and has been working hard throughout the summer in preparation for the fall head races.  In regionals last year, ETRO fell short – even having one boat nicknamed “The Molasses Four”. 


            Diamond predicts this is the year for East TN to gain more exposure and show the rest of the rowing community how the support from family and friends, the collaboration from coaches Erika Lauderdale, Andrew Krug and Cross Fit coach Zack Pratt, as well as the team sponsorship from Drs. Roger and Liz Hubbard have all combined to form a well-oiled machine, poised to win individual and team medals this fall.  Josh Bostrom says it all, “During every race, we leave nothing on the water.  It is physically and mentally challenging.  I love it!”


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