Head Coach - Jamie Francis, 1st year
Returning Varsity 8+ Athletes - N/A
2021 Seniors - 7
2021 Outlook - "The past 11 months have been tough for all of us, some more than others. Overall, the rowing teams at Embry-Riddle have benefitted from the university’s safety culture and geography. I think everyone knows Florida is open and has been that way since the summer. At Embry-Riddle, we actually began in-person classes during summer school. Students learning how to fly and work on aircraft need to be in-person to make the most of that experience. Not surprisingly, in-person learning was an option in the Fall and this Spring.
"Athletically, we stayed in our 10-person training groups throughout the Fall. This gave us the opportunity to eventually row in eights, without masks. We began training this Spring on February 1 with 15-person training groups and as of this writing (2/8) we’re still limited to ergs, weights, and cross-training. Feels a lot like winter training, except it’s 65-degrees outside. The biggest challenge we’re facing right now is that our university president has decided that only low-risk sports will compete this spring. I’m working with the CRCA to lobby the NCAA for a low-risk alternative to team boats (masks) that would allow us to compete in at least the number of races required for our women to be eligible to qualify for the NCAA National Championship, which is scheduled to be held in Florida this year. Even if we will be unable to compete this spring, we continue to train and push ourselves so that we can continue to grow and improve."
-Head Coach Jamie Francis