A Brief History of NSU Crew

  October 1987-A group of students led by Rob Brown and professor Dr. Lisa Wolffe met in Keyser Hall to discuss the formation of a rowing team at NSU.

Spring 1988-NSU Crew is officially chartered on campus with the help of Gene Jeffords in Topeka and the Austin Rowing Club. Dr. Wolffe is their first official coach. Natchitoches also has its first spring training team, Washburn University.

Octorber 1988-NSU Crew receives its first boat , a wooden eight from the Austin Rowing Club.

November 1988-NSU Crew receives its first set of oars and a four from Bob Jaugstetter and Tulane University.

December 1988-NSU Crew houses its boats in its first "unofficial" boathouse, a first floor classroom in Russell Hall.

Spring 1989-NSU Crew has its first competition against Washburn University on Cane River Lake.  A few months later, NSU Crew experiences its first 'away' race at Bachman Lake in Dallas.

Fall 1989-NSU SGA passes legislation to help NSU Crew financially.  Gene Jeffords becomes the second NSU Crew coach.  NSU Crew moves to their second "unofficial" boathouse, the abandoned dairy barn on campus.

Fall 1990-NSU Crew hosts the first annual Marathon Rowing Championships.

Spring 1990-NSU Crew builds its first wooden dock.

Fall 1993-Calvin Cupp becomes the third NSU Crew coach.

Spring 1994-NSU Crew receives its first medal at SIRA, its conference championship.

Fall 1999-David Seard becomes the fourth NSU Crew coach.

Fall 2000-Geoff Bickford becomes the fifth NSU Crew coach.

Spring 2000-NSU Crew opens its door to its first official boathouse on Chaplain Lake.

Fall 2001-Alan Pasch becomes the sixth NSU Crew coach.

Spring 2002-NSU Crew receives a new connect-a-dock from the university.

Fall 2002-The Marathon Rowing Championships becomes a separate entity from NSU Crew and breaks entry records with first year director, Yonna Pasch.

Fall 2004-NSU Crew purchases its first towing truck.

Spring 2007-NSU Crew travels to Gainesville, Georgia to experience its first Spring Training away from its home.

Spring 2008-NSU Crew receives its first boat ranking at its conference championships. Jason Stelly becomes the seventh NSU Crew coach.

Spring 2009-NSU Crew Women's 8+ receives votes for national ranking and are 20th in the country.