Rowing began at UTC in 1971 when Professor William Raoul donated eight Pocock single shells to the school and a HPER class was offered on rowing the boats. 1975 marked two major events, UTC’s first rowing competition when students in the class raced at the Head of the Tennessee Regatta in Knoxville; and the establishment of the Lookout Rowing Club, a formal UTC organization consisting of students and associate members. In 1977 the LRC obtained the first refurbished freight barge to be a boathouse and two 4+ boats. With the coxed fours, John Miller got four women together in 1983 to make up UTC’s first pure intercollegiate boat. The first medalist for UTC was a men’s novice 4+ that won the 1985 Head of the Chattahoochie regatta in Atlanta. A second barge, donated to the LRC by Pete Seridino on 1987, was used to hold the UTC boats. At that time the fleet consisted of a racing 8+, four 4+, and one 2-. A spectacular moment for UTC rowing occurred in 1988 when former crew coach Dr. Terry Carney took a women’s varsity 4+ to the Dad Vail regatta, and placed third in their division. This marked the first medal at a national championship for UTC Rowing.
The UTC Rowing Club offers its members the opportunity to engage in intercollegiate rowing. Facilities, equipment, and professional instruction is maintained to ensure members have the ability to learn, train and compete; socializing and building relationships along the way. The club also serves the greater Chattanooga area, working with our community partners to promote the sport of rowing and water-sports access for all.