If you have further questions or interested in joining, please contact the club at

Do I have to have previous rowing experience to join Cougar Crew?

We are a walk-on team. This is a sport that anyone can learn. Many of the alumni of this program had no idea what rowing would even look like when they started. This is a rare opportunity in college where you can go from having no experience to having shot for the gold medal and a national title on the 1996 Olympic course in Georgia.

Do I have to row on the Novice team if I already have previous experience?

Not necessarily. This is left up to the discretion of the Head Coach and Novice Assistant Coach. 

What is a Lightweight rower?

In the sport of rowing, there are two categories for rowers weight; Heavyweight and Lightweight. Heavyweights are 160 lbs and above for men and 130 lbs and above for women, and lightweights are under 160 lbs for men and under 130 lbs for women. Cougar crew has a strong lightweight program and encourages all people in that weight class to join.

How can I join Cougar Crew?

Fill out the Cougar Crew Recruitment Form here and contact Coach Peter Brevick for further questions at

How much does it cost?

Dues are about $300 for the first semester and $175 for the second semester of the year. Dues are collected to help support the team for some of the travel expenses as well as other basic, but necessary expenses. It is well worth the cost especially considering the amount other club teams charge.  We've heard of dues for other club teams being in the ballpark of about $500 per semester!  Unfortunately, dues cannot cover all the team's expenses and you may be asked later in the year to help with travel expenses. These costs, however, are drastically reduced from what they could be (due, in major part, to the collection of dues) and are dependent on the number of participants going on the trip. During Spring when we travel out of state tickets for buses and airplanes will also be required for you to pay. With our group rates as a team, the price of each ticket drops significantly for the individual.

What is a coxswain and who do we recruit as coxswains?

The coxswain is a very important and special position in a boat.  If the rowers are the muscles (or engine) of the boat, the coxswain is the brain (captain) of the boat.  He or she is in charge of the boat and the boat's crew. We train our coxswains to be team leaders and to steer, motivate, and direct the boat. The coxswain wears a microphone to communicate to the rowers commands and encouragement. He or she has a responsibility to steer the fastest course during a race while keeping the rowers and all those around safe. The ability to direct and motivate people is something we look for in our coxswains. However, if you do not possess these qualities but are interested in learning these traits, we will teach you everything you need to know to lead you to success.

We look for our coxswains to be lightweight, between 115 to 145 pounds for the men's team and from 100 to 120 for the women's team, and generally short in stature. The ability to direct and motivate people is a plus but is not required for we do teach our coxswains everything they need to know.