Texas Crew's New Head Coach

 Head Coach Alec Hurley

Head Coach Alec Hurley

As current Texas Crew members make their way back to Austin, they will be welcomed by the new Varsity head coach Alec Hurley. Before coming to Texas, Alec refined his rowing knowledge by previously coaching at Haverford College, Marquette University, & Washington State. Last season Alec joined Texas Crew as the Varsity Assistant Coach while pursuing his PhD, and he firmly believes that this past season provided him key insight on how to work within the team dynamics as a role-model in rowing as well as in academics.

This season, Alec is passionate to refine the team’s technical precision, unify one stroke, and improve physically through strength, stability, and speed. Come May, Alec plans on seeing the top boats from each squad in the grand finals at both SIRA and ACRA. As Alec confidently states, “if we train purposefully and consistently, the results will come.”

Furthermore, Alec hopes to rekindle the relationship between alumni and current Texas Crew members. He has left an open-invitation to all Texas Crew alums to join him on his launch at practice to meet the team and appreciate the other side of the launch. He also hopes to see some alumni boats at either Head of the Charles or Pumpkinhead. Maybe the alumni can give the current members a fight for gold.

Hook ‘em!

Alumnus Completes Row Across the Atlantic

Texas Crew alum, David Alviar, and his team American Oarsman rowed 3,000 miles across the Atlantic. Last night, they landed safely and became the first American trio to complete the race!  The Alcalde article can be found here.  Below are some photos and a note from David himself!

 Texas Crew alumnus David Alviar completed a row across the Atlantic Ocean with fellow teammates American Oarsmen.

Texas Crew alumnus David Alviar completed a row across the Atlantic Ocean with fellow teammates American Oarsmen.

"49 days at sea is a LONG time; in fact, it was so long, that I really lost track of time out there. Across over 3,000miles of open ocean, we rowed and rowed and rowed. Our boat, Anne, was technically a double scull, but with none of the speed a Texas Crew racing shell would enjoy. With the three of us, we loaded her down to nearly 3,000 lbs… it was like erging with a damper set at 50 whenever the wind and waves weren’t cooperating. I love every moment of it: the freezing storms, the lightning at night, the still days that brought us dolphin and whale visits, and even the hungry days where we had to ration some food and save on energy to keep our systems running with a lack of sunlight.  The race ended in the best way possible; I proposed to Stanley Lewis, fellow Texas Crew rower, and 10-year long friend. Texas Crew fueled me in that, and that’s an understatement. If it weren’t for my coaches—Jeff, Bob, Falesha, especially—I never would have wanted to do it, been capable of doing it, or enjoyed doing it. This Atlantic row represented 3 years of continuous effort, and it’s amazing to feel the accomplishment of being the first-ever triple to row the Atlantic (not to mention first-ever Texans). Hope to see you around on the water Texas Crew… it’s time for me to return to “proper” rowing again. For those of you just getting started with Texas Crew, you have no idea how envious I am of your journey… it’s really been the catalyst to everything I’ve done ever after and will continue to be. Enjoy those years on the water."

-David Alviar, Texas Crew 152

 David (left) and his teammates that completed the 3000 mile row.

David (left) and his teammates that completed the 3000 mile row.

 David proposing to fellow alumnus Stanley Lewis after completing his journey.  THEY'RE ENGAGED!!

David proposing to fellow alumnus Stanley Lewis after completing his journey.  THEY'RE ENGAGED!!

 American Oarsmen on the water.

American Oarsmen on the water.