|About the BWRC||
The Black Warrior Rowing Club is a non-profit sporting club for residents in the West Alabama area who want to row, coxswain, or do both. Mainly we are a sweep rowing club, with regular rows in our 8+ and 4+ boats, and in the summer 2013 we added sculling as well (access to a double for club members). We are mainly a masters club, but we also have members under 21 who row or even cox with us.
History of the Club:
After leaving Tuscaloosa, Alison was employed on the staff at USRowing as Membership Marketing and Database Manager in Princeton, New Jersey. She was also the Head Rowing Coach of The College of New Jersey.
The BWRC was extremely fortunate to have Alison as head coach. The founding members learned excellent technique which they now can pass on to new rowers in the club. We are still proud to say that in our first ever regatta, the Dogwood Regatta in Oak Ridge Tennessee (where Alison had also coached before UA), our mixed masters 8 won a silver medal with Alison in stroke seat. The next race at Hobbs Island Regatta we won gold!
Our assistant coach Jason Cottingham, who left in 2010 for a job as one of the coaches for the Upper Valley Rowing Foundation and in 2013 was hired as an Assistant Coach/Director of Operations for Syracuse University Men's Rowing also made a huge impact on our club. Jason had attended the University of Alabama and coached the men's Alabama Crew Club. Jason was a Graduate Research Assistant for The University of Alabama AeroThermal Sciences Laboratory (Aviation & Aerospace). When Jason graduated in the summer of 2010 and moved to New Hampshire, we lost his great coaching skill but never his friendship.
The BWRC sorely misses our wonderful coaches, who never accepted any payment for coming out 3 or 4 times a week, consistently at 5 AM, and following us closely in the launch, giving detailed instruction. We all wish Alison and Jason good luck in their new coaching careers.
To meet our new coaches, please visit the Coaches page.
Founding Coaches of the BWRC