About our Club
Hickory Crew participates in rowing activities year-round. We have a busy schedule of Regattas in the Fall and Spring, so our winter and summer conditioning programs are designed to maintain the fitness and skills that our rowers have expended so much to develop. Currently, the club is home to more than 30 rowers, but we can always accommodate more!
We compete in scholastic and club regattas in southeastern, central, and northern Virginia. There are more than a dozen clubs locally and several more in the nearby region that we row against routinely.
Hickory Crew is a 501(c)3 organization and relies on revenue from dues, donations, and fund-raising events to support the club's activities and expenditures, including new equipment, entry fees, insurance, rent, and maintenance.
Founded back in 1998, with the mission to be a place where anyone can come, get fit, and enjoy good sportsmanship, teamwork, and lifelong friendships.
Chris rowed for the Florida Institute of Technology’s crew team from 1982-1986, under the tutelage of nationally renowned head coach Bill Jurgens. During his time at FIT, their rowing team was a top-tier NCAA Division II team, earning numerous Florida State and SIRA titles and winning the men’s team trophy at the 1986 Dad Vail Regatta where he rowed in the silver medal Men’s Varsity Lightweight 8. He re-entered the sport in 2017 when his daughter joined Hickory Crew and realized immediately what he’d been missing. He was the Novice Coach from 2017 to 2020.
Carl became interested in Crew when his daughter was a coxswain for Great Bridge, and in 2004 tried his hand at sculling with Juniper Rowing Club. He fell in love with the sport immediately and has been a regular sculler at Juniper ever since. He was picked up by Hickory’s coaching staff in 2016 and helps out with both the novice and varsity teams. Always looking to give something back, he views rowing as a sport that engenders positive attitudes and character-building.