Clemson Crew is looking for motivated athletes with a winning attitude. Competing in a sport that allows zero time-outs, our team consists of hard-working students whose endurance and passion for excellence drives them to succeed on the water and in the classroom. Our novice program will fast-track you into the national varsity level, get you into the best shape of your life, and initiate you to a comradeship of the oar that will last a lifetime.
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WHAT IS A COXSWAIN?
A coxswain is a vital member of the crew and we are always looking for new coxswains! In a mentally taxing team sport, coxswains not only steer the boat but also give technical feedback, make sure the boat is moving in harmony, and push their oarsmen to row their hardest. Coxswains build a relationship with their crew and empower the boat to reach its full competitive potential. As the "coach of the boat," successful coxswains require great leadership, multitasking, motivational, and interpersonal skills. If this sounds like you and have any questions, please contact our Recruitment & Retention officer Steffen Merkle (email@example.com) or our Head Coxswain Jenna Gerstlauer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Q: How is the team organized?
A: Clemson Crew is organized into four squads. The men's and women's novice programs introduce first-year members to the collegiate level before graduating them to the varsity men and varsity women squads. Although each squad follows its own practice schedule, our team is very close as a whole.
Q: Is there another way I can get involved in crew?
A: We are always looking for coxswains. In a mentally taxing team sport, coxswains not only steer the boat but also give technical feedback, make sure the boat is moving in harmony, and push their oarsmen to row their hardest. Coxswains build a relationship with their crew and empower the boat to reach its full competitive potential.
Q: What if I don’t have rowing experience?
A: Don’t sweat it! 90% of the team began without prior experience. Our novice program will teach you everything you need to know and fast-track dedicated rowers of all athletic background to the national varsity level.
Q: What kinds of events will I compete in?
A: Universal to collegiate rowing, rowers compete in 5k races in the fall and 2k races in the spring. Rowers usually compete in a coxed four or eight-oarsmen boat but also have the opportunity to compete in a coxless single, double, or pair. Thanks to our large fleet of seaworthy boats, no prospective member is turned away and every novice competes at least once at every regatta.
Q: Is the team competitive?
A: Yes! Our varsity men and women have earned medals at every conference regatta we attended last year. In Spring 2019, our novice women’s four placed third at Dad Vail - the largest collegiate regatta in the United States! With a powerhouse graduating novice class, Clemson Crew is making aggressive moves towards becoming the most competitive team in the southeast.
Q: How has COVID-19 affected your team?
A: It is our responsibility to abide by the policies and regulations laid out by Clemson University. Currently, we are taking care to uphold all the university's mandates on proper COVID protocol both at practice and while traveling for regattas.