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Rowing FAQs

HS/Novice Frequently Asked Questions about UMW Rowing Program

1)     When I visit campus, how do I meet up with the coach or members of the crew?

a.     Open hours for Goolrick Hall and Fitness Center:  As you come from central campus headed west, you come to the front entrance of the Fitness Center, with Anderson Hall on your left (south) and Goolrick Hall to the north.  The buildings are all connected.  The fitness center is open Monday through Friday starting at 7:00 AM, and Saturday starting at 10:00 AM.  It is also open on Sundays, but crew does not practice on Sundays.

b.     Best times to visit, when not shadowing a student:  If possible, it would be best to try to watch an erg session, if the crew is not practicing on the water.  Erg practice times M-F are 7:00 to 8:00 AM, 8:00 to 9:00 AM, and 4:00 to 5:00 PM.  On Saturdays, erg sessions are 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  Once the crew starts practicing on the water, we meet at the upper level of the Alvey St parking deck, where we keep two UMW vans.  Meeting time is 5:50 AM, and they drive to Hope Springs Marina, arriving by 6:30 AM.  Practice will generally be over by 8:00 AM, so students can get back to UMW by 8:30 AM, shower, and get to 9:00 AM classes.  Contact the coach if you will be visiting campus after the crew has started on-the-water practices.  Visiting students will be allowed to ride in a coach launch to observe practice, but wearing a UMW-provided PFD will be required.  There are only three coach launches, so there will be a very limited number of observers that can be accommodated on any one day.

c.     How to find the erg room: Coming from central campus, enter the main floor of the Fitness Center, and let the workers at the desk know you are headed to the erg room to observe.  Bear right after passing the desk area, then turn right to go down a hallway.  Go through a pair of double doors, then down one flight of stairs.  The erg room is just to your left as you exit the stairwell.

d.     How to find where Coach Rich Adams sits (currently in room 210) in Goolrick Hall:  Use the same stairwell for access to the erg room, except go up two flights of stairs to the top (second floor).  Go down the hallway to room 210 (Assistant Coaches).  Rich Adams sits in the far back corner of room 210.

e.     How to meet up with crew and coach during winter training season:  If possible, try to arrange the meeting before-hand, so we can meet you at the front desk of Goolrick Hall.  Otherwise, go to the erg room (if during erg practice times), or to Room 210 (if between 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM).

f.     How to meet up with crew and coach during Spring Break:  Will have to work this on a case by case basis, depending on weather and plans for Spring Break crew practice.

g.     How to meet up with crew and coach once on-water rowing practice starts:  Please coordinate before-hand.  We can meet at Alvey Parking Garage at 5:50 AM to drive to Hope Springs Marina where we practice.  Otherwise, meetings with Coach Rich Adams can be arranged in Room 210, Goolrick Hall.  Once on-water practice starts, Coach Rich Adams may not always be at Goolrick.  Therefore, best to coordinate early.

h.     What is the coach’s recruiting timeline?  The coach will accept new members to the team at any time.  He is also available to talk to potential student-athletes, their parents, and their coaches any time allowed by the NCAA Division III recruiting rules (part 13).  Generally, a potential student-athlete must be at least a junior.  He is also willing to travel to homes or schools of potential student-athletes, but generally only within a local travel radius of northern Virginia, since there is no funding for such travel.

i.     Good list of points of contact – names, phone numbers, emails of people who can take time to meet with a prospective student-athlete:

Coach: Dr. Rich Adams, c: 703-850-4328 or

Team President: Emily Dzubak,

Women’s Team Captain: Emily Dzubak,

Women’s Team Captain: Miranda O’Connor,

Men’s Team Captain: Theo Doughty,

Men’s Team Captain: TJ Muratore,

2)     What are the implications of UMW being NCAA Division III school, and rowing being “Team Sport” status?

a.     Varsity, Club, Team Sport differences at UMW:  NCAA Division III schools cannot offer athletic scholarships.  Varsity sports fall under the direct supervision of the Athletic Director, and must abide by all the NCAA Division III rules.  At UMW, club sports are organized under a director of club sports and campus recreation, rather than under the athletic director.  Club sports receive very little university funding, so students generally have to support those programs through fund raising activities and dues.  Rowing and Rugby at UMW are deemed “Team Sports” by UMW.  This elevates their status somewhat, in that the head coaches are hired by and work for the Athletic Director, and the sports are under the supervision of the Athletic Director.  The head coaches receive a small stipend for coaching, with some coaches also receiving compensation from dues.  The coaches are limited to working less than 1500 hours per year, and are thus deemed exempt from and do not receive any benefits.  Rowers are given limited access to an athletic trainer, and can also use some of the varsity training facilities such as the weight room.  The crew can also participate in the annual varsity sport fund raising activity, which is a big raffle ticket sale.  Men’s and women’s crew receive some funds from the Athletic Department, but the majority of the funding still has to come from dues and fund raising activities, similar to club sports.  For school year 2016-2017, men’s and women’s crew will each receive $4600 from the athletic department.

b.     Limitations on competing at regattas:  As a “Team Sport”, rowing at UMW is not recognized as a NCAA Division III varsity sport.  There are some regattas which have some events which are qualifying events for national championship regattas, and UMW women’s rowing is not allowed to enter those events.  Generally, these regattas will also have a second similar race for those teams that are not allowed to enter the varsity sport qualifying races. NCAA does not recognize men’s rowing as a varsity sport, so men’s rowing is not affected by this.

c.     Certified rosters – and requirements to be certified: Men’s and women’s rowing are treated with the same level of formality as varsity sports as far as having certified rosters. Students on the official rosters must be in good standing with the university.  This means that the student must be actively enrolled at UMW and taking at least 12 hours of credit.  Special exceptions can be worked, with approval of the Athletic Director, and some programs, such as Nursing, have agreements with Germanna College to accept their credits – which count toward certification requirements.  Students that are on probation (generally due to low grades) can be certified on a roster, but this situation must be discussed with the coach.  The primary focus is on academics, not rowing, and as such, the coach will not encourage rowing activities that take so much time that a student’s academic progress is placed at risk.

d.     Funding implications, dues:  As a team sport, students must support the program through dues and other fund-raising activities.  Gifts from parents, alumni, and other friends of UMW Rowing are most welcome anytime, and donations can be made online to the UMW Foundation, designated for either UMW Women’s Rowing, or UMW Men’s Rowing.  Donations over $10 are tax-deductible.  In general, a student should expect to pay about $200 for fall semester rowing, and $300 for spring semester rowing.  Most of the money goes toward attending regattas, paying for transportation, paying for uniforms, and setting some money aside for new boats.

e.     No rowing scholarships: As a Division III school, UMW cannot offer athletic scholarships.  They can, however, offer academic scholarships.

f.     Contract status of coach: The head coach is on a semester by semester contract with UMW that currently pays $1000 stipend per semester, with those funds provided by the Athletic Director.  The head coach is not allowed to work more than 1500 hours per year, but this still allows more than sufficient time for coaching.

g.     NCAA Division III rules (where to find them – key parts).  These can be found by a google search on the internet.  Alternatively, an electronic copy can be obtained from Coach Rich Adams.  Part 13 pertains to recruiting, and must be followed carefully to ensure UMW does not violate any rules for recruiting student-athletes.  Since rowing is not a varsity sport, there is some flexibility with the rules, but only with the knowledge and approval of the Athletic Director.

h.     US Rowing rules (where to find them):  UMW Rowing is a member of US Rowing and our student-athletes are at least associate members with US Rowing waivers having to be signed before participating in some regattas.  UMW Rowing abides by US Rowing rules.

i.     Rowing board, responsibilities:  When rowing at UMW was changed from varsity sport to club sport, men’s rowing and women’s rowing had to establish a student board to run the program.  After one year as a club sport, UMW men’s and women’s rowing were established as team sports under the Athletic Department.  The board structure continues to be a very important decision making body, especially concerning the funds required to represent UMW in the sport of rowing.  The men’s and women’s teams work together on this board, although separate funding is maintained.  The board positions are shown on the team’s website under the Leadership area. Rosters and coaches can also be seen on the UMW Rowing web site.

j.     Any chance the teams could work their way back to being a varsity sport?  This would be a decision for the Athletic Director, the University President, and the University Board.  At this point in time, it is not likely in the near future.  Dues and other fund-raising activities will continue to be required, but this should not seriously detract from the quality of rowing you may experience at UMW.

k.     Any experience required?  No.  We accept former HS rowers and coxswains, as well as student-athletes completely new to the sport of rowing.  We will even teach rowing to seniors.

l.     Are there separate dorms/dining/work out facilities for the athletes? Are athletes required to use them?  There are not any special dorms or dining facilities for student-athletes at UMW.  The Fitness Center is fairly well stocked with workout equipment for all students, and anyone may use that equipment.  Varsity sports have an additional weight room (with certified trainer), and as a Team Sport, UMW Rowing is allowed to use the varsity training facilities. 

3)     What equipment does UMW rowing have?

a.     We have 17 model D ergs that are used extensively, 2 model D dynamic ergs, and about 15 older model C ergs that are not used.  Some of the older model C ergs will be declared surplus and sold.

b.     We have 7 eights, 3 fours, 1 pair/double, and one older single.  Many of the boats are mid-weight boats, and we can rig them to fit either men or women.  Two lightweight Vespoli eights are used exclusively by the women.  The head coach also owns a women’s lightweight double/pair that is used by the women.

c.     We have one 12-rack full size boat trailer that can haul six 8+ boats, plus six smaller boats (provided pulled by a pick-up truck).

d.     Our oars are Concept2, most of which are Fat2 Vortex, with some sets being Smoothie plain.

e.     There are two aluminum Jon boats owned by UMW Rowing, and a third Jon boat owned by Coach Adams.  There are four Suzuki 9.9 hp outboard motors (one used as a spare).

4)     Where is practice held, and what times?

a.     Erg practice when not rowing on the water, is on campus in erg room in the Fitness Center.  Erg practice times M-F are 7:00 to 8:00 AM, 8:00 to 9:00 AM, and 4:00 to 5:00 PM.  On Saturdays, erg sessions are 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

b.     UMW Rowing will have two sessions in the varsity weight room: Tuesday and Thursday from 4:15 to 5:00 PM.  This training will not only help with strengthening rowers, but will also focus on flexibility, and balancing of muscle strength to help prevent injury.

c.     On-water practice is held at Hope Springs Marina, Stafford, VA.  This location is about 15 miles north of UMW, and requires about 25 minutes to drive each way.  Practice times Monday through Friday must be over by 8:00 AM so students can return to campus, shower, and get to 9:00 AM classes. We use two UMW 11-pax vans, plus student cars, to transport the team to/from practice.  Saturday practice may start about 30 minutes later and may run until 9:00 AM.  Students driving their own cars will receive some limited compensation for gas mileage, most likely in the form of reduced dues.  The student board and the head coach will be working together to achieve the best rowing experience for the team while maintaining the proper focus on academics and considering our limited resources. While the team had six practices per week in 2015-2016, I expect to reduce the number of on-water practices in 2016-2017.  Men and women will each have 3 to 4 practices per week, perhaps divided by gender, perhaps divided by rowing experience level.  Coaching would still occur 6 days per week, allowing a higher coach to rower ratio, and reducing the transportation costs.

d.     Attendance spreadsheet, how that works: Both the men’s and women’s crews have an attendance spreadsheet set up on Google Docs.  During on-water practice, it is assumed that student-athletes will show up for practice unless the “X” out on the spreadsheet.  This allows the coach to try to set up boat seatings for each practice to make practices run as efficiently as possible.  The coach does not require a reason for an “X” – it is assumed that the reason is valid, and may be related to illness, family reasons, or academic conflicts (such as the need to study for a big test).  Academics is higher priority than rowing, but the courtesy of accurately indicating attendance is much appreciated.

e.     Other UMW Rowing activities throughout the year: There are two erg-a-thons scheduled where the teams attempt to raise money, and this year the team will also help sponsor a UMW-wide blood drive (not a fund-raising activity).  We also have a “rent-a-rower” program for snow shoveling, leaf raking, etc. as an additional way to raise funds.  The teams may also participate in other events such as the annual “Lip Sync” contest.  Many student-athletes also participate in other extra-curricular activities, and this is also supported and encouraged by the coach.

f.     University vans, other transportation to/from practices and regattas: The team applies for and receives access to two 11-pax UMW vans to use for transporting most of the team to/from Hope Springs Marina for practice.  We request an additional two or three vans when going to regattas.  Some students have to use their cars to help transport rowers to practice, and we will try to reimburse rowers for mileage.  The team does have to reimburse the University for use of the vans.  Van drivers must receive training and be certified to drive the vans, and students are encouraged to take this training and become certified.

5)     General questions

a.     Can I try it for a few weeks and see if I like it – before I pay any dues?  Absolutely.  We start fall season with some erg practices, and we do not require dues for erging.  Spring season starts early January in the erg room, with on-water practice not starting until late February.  Fall and Spring rowing are run as separate programs, with separate dues.  Student-athletes may participate in one or both, and there is no penalty for only participating in one. 

b.     Can anyone join the crew?  In general, yes.  We do not charge dues to participate in the erg sessions.  We do require payment of dues and a swim test before rowers or coxswains go on the water.  Due primarily to safety concerns, the head coach reserves the right to not allow a person in a rowing shell until acceptable erg performance has first been demonstrated, or for other safety related reasons.  In such rare cases, dues would not be required (or would be refunded), until the rower is ready to safely participate in rowing on the water.

c.     Are there things I can do at home, before I show up at UMW, to better prepare for rowing?  Absolutely.  First, get in good physical shape.  Especially focus on aerobic activity, such as running, fast walking, biking, swimming, or other sports that give good exercise.  Second, get in the habit of eating healthy food.  Third, be good with your time management, and this also means getting sufficient sleep.

d.     What does the crew do during Spring Break?  When the teams were varsity status, they would go south for a rowing camp.  With students now having to pay dues (about $500/year), we are trying to have some rowing options in the local area for those students wanting to remain in the local area.  However, some students use Spring Break for other activities such as supporting Habitat for Humanity or other similar work.  Some go home to work.  I expect each year will be different – with no promise of going to rowing camps in the south.

e.     What percentage of freshman remain on the team all four years?  Since I’ve only been the coach for a few months, I would expect that somewhat less than 50% row for all four years.  Some freshmen come to try it out, and they may only row fall semester and decide they don’t like rowing.  Some have issues with the dues required, and still others cannot afford the time away from academics.  Some rowers only participate spring semester when the racing is more fun – they may take a heavier course load in fall semester and not row (perhaps only stay fit by erging), then cut back to the minimum 12 hours required during spring semester so they can compete, yet still graduate in four years.

f.     Will I be able to do study abroad?  Yes – some of the rowers currently on the rowing team have done this, and a time to discuss study abroad with rowers who have done this should be able to be arranged.  Since there are no scholarships, and boat seating starts over each semester, study abroad is not problem, although the head coach would like to encourage maintaining good physical conditioning while studying abroad.

g.     Do members of the rowing team attend summer school to reduce the in-season course load?  They may if they wish, since 12 semester hours is required each semester in order for the student to be on the certified roster.  However, 12 semester hours each semester will generally not allow a student to graduate on-time, which is why some rowers may not row in the fall (in favor of a heavier fall course load).  Others may choose to attend summer school, but so far, I do not believe there will be any UMW rowing opportunities in the summer.

6)     Safety – discuss this a bit

a.     Safety is our number one concern – safety for people first, then for the equipment.  

b.     A swim test is required before being allowed to row or cox on the water. 

c.     Watching the US Rowing safety video is required before being allowed to row or cox on the water.

d.     Concussion baselining is required by the athletic department.

e.     Sickle cell testing is required by the athletic department – a copy of test results from medical records is acceptable.  Sickle cell testing is screening to identify anyone who may have sickle cell trait, as this may pose some risk if rowers are training under stressful conditions.

f.     The men’s and women’s rowing teams will be required to participate in the UMW Athletic Department random drug screening program.  Approximately 10% of the student athletes will be randomly selected each semester to participate in the drug screening.  Student-athletes testing positive will be subject to sanctions and will be included on future drug screening lists.  More information on drug screening can be found in the UMW Student-Athlete Handbook.

g.     The men’s and women’s rowing teams will be required to sign and abide by the UMW Code of Conduct.

h.     Any medical condition – see the coach.  This includes things like inhalers and allergies (peanuts or other food allergies because parents bring food to regattas, and bee or wasp stings because bees and wasps occasionally try to make their homes in the UMW boat trailer).

i.     We do not row in lightning/thunder, stormy weather with likelihood of lightning exists, or when winds are above 15 knots (ie whitecaps).  The water at Hope Springs Marina is fairly open, so we have to pay special attention to winds.

j.     We start rowing before daylight, so we use lights.  For 2016-2017, all boats should be outfitted with Coast Guard approved lights with 2-mile visibility, and this includes both rowing shells and coach launches.

k.     Coaches wear PFDs, and use kill switches on motors.  Launches carry at least nine extra PFDs and tow ropes.

l.     Coxswains may, at their discretion, wear PFDs.  We also have four cold weather coxswain suits that may be worn in cold weather.

7)     Do I need to purchase any special clothing for rowing?  Maybe – seats on ergometers and in boats run on rollers or wheels, so it is important that rowers not wear loose-fitting clothing that would get caught under the wheels or rollers.  When rowing, the oar handle must be pulled very close to the torso before the oar is extracted from the water, and loose-fitting clothing can hinder proper oar handle movement.  In the early fall, close-fitting T-shirts generally work fine, but loose floppy shirts can cause problems.  In general, tight-fitting shorts are best for rowing, and the team can assist with any details of what types of clothing will work best.  Specialty rowing clothing is not cotton, so works best for wicking moisture away from the body.  The special rowing gear also works better in rainy weather.

a.     What does the team supply, and when: The team will order rowing uniforms using monies from dues (not State funds), and rowers own and keep these uniforms.  These uniforms should not be worn at practice – keep them looking nice for regattas.

b.     What should I wear for practice?  In general, tight-fitting clothing works best.  In late fall and early spring, extra layers of clothing are highly advised.  Rowing may start with rowers wearing extra layers, and then as they warm up, these extra layers can be removed and stored in the boat by the feet – and then put back on when finished rowing.  We have four special cold-weather suits for coxswains to wear.

c.     What do I need to purchase, and where can I obtain rowing clothing?  Please talk to the coach or other student rowers before spending much money on rowing clothing.  There are several companies that make rowing clothing.

d.     What about rowing in cold weather?  Layers is key for rowing in cold weather.  Rainy weather?  Try to wear the special clothing that is not cotton.

8)     How big is the team, selection criteria?  Rosters are posted on the web site, and currently we expect about 20 people each for men’s and women’s rowing.  Coxswains can join either team, although coxswains on one team may be required to cox the other team depending on practice attendance.  We have one head coach for both teams, and both men’s and women’s teams practice together, and cooperate extremely well.  We are actively trying to grow our program, and we have the seats in boats to approximately double the number of rowers and coxswains.  This would require us to purchase one additional Jon boat for one additional coach, and we would use the fourth outboard motor.

a.     Requirements to join:  First, a desire to participate in one of the greatest sports, and to work as a team.  Rowing at UMW is a team sport.  Student-athletes must be in good academic standing, meaning they must be taking a minimum of 12 semester hours.  Students on academic probation will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Students must pay dues before rowing on the water.

b.     Coaching help: Coach Adams handles all coaching in the erg room.

9)     How does boat seating work?

Race seating criteria – not in any particular order, but the first two are the big ones.  Note that we do not currently take time for seat racing.

1.     Skill of rower, on the side (port or starboard) being considered (bladework, boat set, timing)

2.     Weight-adjusted erg score (see below) and ability of the rower to turn that power into boat-moving ability

3.     Rowers are divided into color-coded groups based on weight-adjusted erg scores.  Rowers in the yellow or white categories are not guaranteed seats in any boat at any regatta.  See below for the color code criteria.

4.     Attendance at practice (primarily an issue if a student-athlete does not attend at least three practices per week)

5.     Weight (if trying to make up a lightweight entry)

6.     Natural stroke length of rower, and ability to row with others in the boat

7.     Number of races, and rest time in between

8.     Rowing with “rowing peers” (heavily based on 1, 2, 4 above)

9.     Rower availability and preferences (some prefer more races than others)

10.     Race event schedule, time to get a crew ready to race without having to “hot-seat” or be rushed

11.     Boat availability

12.     Space for boats on the boat trailer

13.     Athletic fitness level of the rower (especially when considering multiple races in hot weather)

14.     Amount of time practicing as a crew in a particular boat (especially for 4+, 2- entries)

During fall season, which is for head races (approximately 5000 meters in length), there is one 5K erg test required.  During spring season, which is for sprint races (2000 meters in length), there is one 2K erg test required. 

Rowers may have as many “do overs” on the erg tests as they wish.  The head coach collects the erg times and weights of the rowers.  This data is entered into a spreadsheet which is used to show a weight-adjusted erg score, using the formula found on the Concept 2 web site (weight-adjustment calculator).  This formula shows how fast 8 similar athletes should be able to row an 8-oared shell, assuming very good technique.  Names and weight-adjusted erg scores are shared among the team, but raw erg scores and weights of rowers are not shared.

Rowers and coxswains are not guaranteed a seat in a race – they earn it.  Everyone starts with a clean slate each semester.

a.     Novice/Freshmen boats vs Varsity boats:  For the purpose of collegiate racing, rowers who participated in high school rowing are still considered novices during their first year of collegiate rowing.  Even seniors in college can be novices, though, if they don’t row until their senior year.  Novices/freshmen generally have separate races during regattas, which allows them to compete against their rowing peers.  However, novices can also compete for seats in varsity boats. 

b.     Can freshmen compete for spots in varsity boats.  Yes.

c.     The profile breakout shown below is used when the weight-adjusted erg scores are posted.  Please note these are weight-adjusted erg scores, not raw erg scores.  The color code scheme is set by the head coach.  The top varsity boats will generally be filled with rowers who are BLUE or better for their weight-adjusted erg scores.  Novice boats might be GREEN or better. 


Men’s 5K weight-adjusted erg score criteria

Red: 15:XX to 16:00

Purple: 16:00 to 16:30

Blue: 16:30 to 17:00

Green: 17:00 to 18:00

Yellow: 18:00 to 19:00

White: 19:00 >


Women’s 5K weight-adjusted erg score criteria

Red: 17:XX to 18:10

Purple: 18:10 to 18:40

Blue: 18:40 to 19:10

Green: 19:10 to 20:10

Yellow: 20:10 to 21:10

White: 21:10 >


Men’s 2K weight-adjusted erg score criteria

Red: 5:XX to 6:00

Purple: 6:00 to 6:20

Blue: 6:20 to 6:40

Green: 6:40 to 7:00

Yellow: 7:00 to 7:20

White: 7:20 >


Women’s 2K weight-adjusted erg score criteria

Red: 6:00 to 6:40

Purple: 6:40 to 7:00

Blue: 7:00 to 7:20

Green: 7:20 to 7:40

Yellow: 7:40 to 8:00

White: 8:00 >


d.     Opportunities for lightweights to compete for varsity spots, or to race as lightweight entries: If we have sufficient lightweight rowers (130 pounds for women, 165 pounds for men), we will consider entering lightweight entries in races.  Lightweight rowers tend to be very competitive for seats in open-weight boats because of the selection criteria as shown above.  Using weight-adjusted erg scores tends to even the score pretty well.

e.     Where do you rank me on your list of possible recruits?  Even if the head coach had a resume that included erg scores and weight (which makes it possible to compute a weight-adjusted erg score), the boat seating criteria is still very much focused on the ability of the rower to contribute to good boat speed.  As such, it is impossible to say much about relative rankings of rowers when the coach has not seen their erg technique or scores, much less seen their rowing technique on the water.

10)     Boat types: Most collegiate regattas are heavily sweep rowing events, with primarily 8+ and 4+ races.  There will sometimes be a 2- race for sprint season, but not necessarily during head race season.  Some regattas will have 1X races, some will not.  At UMW, we focus on sweep rowing, although rowers wanting to row/race a single will be accommodated.  The head coach is primarily a sculler, so coaching can be worked in small sculling boats.

11)     What regattas and events does the team try to attend?  See the UMW rowing web site for more information on the schedule of expected regattas to attend.

a.     Fall – Occoquan Chase (Sandy Run Park, 10450 Van Thompson Road, Fairfax Station, VA)

b.     Fall – Head of the Occoquan (Sandy Run Park, 10450 Van Thompson Road, Fairfax Station, VA)

c.     Spring – Occoquan Sprints (Sandy Run Park, 10450 Van Thompson Road, Fairfax Station, VA)

d.     Spring – Waterfield Cup (Claytor Lake, VA hosted by Virginia Tech)

e.     Spring – Kerr Cup (Boathouse Row on Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, PA)

f.     Spring – MARCs (Gifford Pinchot State Park, Lewisberry, PA) 

g.     Participation in DAD VAIL regatta will be considered as a special situation, since it comes after the end of the academic semester at UMW.   However, this would be an exception for only top crews, and those people attending would be required to pay extra.

12)     Info on head coach, assistant coach, priorities, resumes:  Short resume for Rich Adams can be found on the teams’ UMW Rowing web site.  Rich’s rowing instruction is heavily focused on technique and good rigging.  Academics take priority over rowing.  Safety of people is most important thing on the water, at all times.

a.     Do you have assistant coaches?  For 2016-2017, Jennifer Reid will be a volunteer assistant coach.  Jennifer is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia where she rowed in the varsity 8+.  We may also use very experienced and good rowers and coxswains to act as assistant coaches.  They will learn how to drive a launch, and will have their Virginia Safe Boating Certificates.  These people will especially assist in coaching novice crews in the fall, thereby improving their coaching skills in preparation for participation in the sport of rowing after UMW graduation.

b.     How would you describe your coaching style? (i.e. does each coach only coach one boat? does the head coach coach all boats?)?  The head coach will generally coach one or two boats each practice session, and will try to spend at least one practice session with each boat each week.  Thus, the assistant coaches also rotate among the boats for coaching.  All coaches will teach using the style of rowing favored by the head coach.  Currently we have only three coach launches, so are limited to three coaches. 

13)     General insights on the budgets, funds available, where monies are spent.  The first list shows the primary sources of revenue used to fund UMW men’s and women’s rowing.  As can be seen, the fall and spring dues comprise the majority of funding, with Virginia state funds received from UMW comprising the majority of the remainder.

a.     The primary sources of revenue can be broken down as follows:

i.     Dues – Spring season: $13,250

ii.     Dues – Fall season: $10,800

iii.     State funds from Athletic department: $9,200

iv.     All other fund-raising efforts: $2,750

v.     Total – about $36,000

b.     The primary expenses of the combined men’s and women’s rowing teams can be broken down as follows: 

i.     Set-aside for new equipment: $10,000

ii.     Knecht Cup Regatta: $4400

iii.     Kerr Cup Regatta: $2500

iv.     Waterfield Cup Regatta: $2500

v.     Uniforms: $4000

vi.     Insurance (boats and liability): $4000

vii.     Van Transportation: $2500

viii.     Three regattas on Occoquan: $3000

ix.     Miscellaneous expenses and equipment repair: $3100

x.     Total – about $36,000


c.     Overnight costs for away regattas assume 4 rowers per hotel room.  Unexpected expenses generally reduce the amount of money that is set aside for new boat purchases.


14)     Parents of rowers & coxswains, how active a group are they, how they help:  Parents of Maryland and Virginia students tend to be very active supporters, and many of them attend the regattas, especially those on the Occoquan Reservoir at Sandy Run Park.  They bring delicious food, and their support is greatly appreciated by the coaching staff and especially the crew.  They share contact information, with one of the parents tending to coordinate foods being brought to regattas.  Because of this, if any rower or coxswain has any type of serious food allergy, it is best to make the coach aware of this early for safety reasons.  Especially important are peanut allergies.

15)     What information about my HS rowing, if any, would UMW be interested in? 

a.     Erg scores, weight, experience level, how much sweep rowing, sculling, or coxing have you done

b.     Sweep side preference, and how strong that preference is?

c.     Have you ever rowed in the bow seat of a 1X, 2X, or 4X?

d.     Any special rigging concerns, such as making sure we have rowing shoes that will be big enough

e.     Contact information for HS coaches