Join the Willamette Rowing Team - No Experience Necessary

The University of Willamette men's & women's rowing teams will hold an informational meeting for 2005 turnout on Wednesday, Sept 7th at 7:30 p.m. in the Sparks Athletic Center.

The meeting is open to all students, no experience necessary. Look for signs at the main entrance.

For more information please contact rowing coach Rodney Mott at 503 370-6655 or email at

Things to know about Bearcat rowing...

Can I join the rowing team if I have never rowed before?

While you do need to be athletic and fit, you do not need to have any prior rowing experience. We will teach you everything you need to know to be a competitive collegiate rower. If you have been thinking about playing sports in college, this could be the opportunity for you!

What is rowing like at the University of Willamette?

The Men's & Women's Rowing Teams are a competitive varsity sport at the University of Willamette. There is a staff of 4 coaches for a team of about 60+ athletes. The team trains for about 15 hours per week. During the fall, you will learn to row, lift weights and train on land (mainly running and body circuits). You will race at the end of the fall semester against other first time collegiate rowers from all over the Northwest. The main racing season is from March to May. During this time, the team travels throughout the Northwest, select crews will travel as far as the East coast and compete against a wide variety of crews throughout the Nation.

What is the difference between a rower and a coxswain?

A coxswain (pronounced "cox-in") is the team leader and strategist. They typically weigh less than 130 lbs, be competitive, quick thinking and have fully developed leadership skills. The coxswain is the brain behind the brawn.

Rowers are generally tall (there are always exceptions) and most will have previous athletic experience (although not necessarily in rowing.) Athletes who have excelled in soccer, swimming, basketball or track usually enjoy and do well in the sport of rowing. Desire and a strong work ethic are characteristics of strong rowers and coxswains.

What kind of athletes are we looking for?

The University of Willamette Rowing Team is seeking individuals who are interested in doing something new, fun and challenging. We are in search of enthusiastic team players who are excited to compete at the collegiate championship level.

What is the practice schedule?

Practice times for the fall will be afternoons from 4 - 6 PM. Please attempt to schedule your classes and work schedules around the practice times.

What do I do next if I know I want to join the team?

Our first information meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 7th at 7:30 p.m. in the Sparks Athletic Center. Look for signs at the main entrance. This meeting is mandatory for anyone interested in rowing. A physical is also required (medical forms can be found & downloaded on the athletics website). Until then, have an active and enjoyable summer. Running, basketball, swimming, cycling, aerobics and weightlifting are all activities that can help get you in shape for the coming year!

This is your chance to become involved in a new sport where your potential is infinite and the only limits for success are the ones that you set for yourself. All of the coaches look forward to seeing you at the first meeting!