Emory Crew is one of the largest and most successful club sports at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Emory Crew continues to compete and place in top level national regattas including the Head of the Charles, the Head of the Hooch, the Dad Vail Regatta, and the A.C.R.A Regatta.

We have an incredible paid coaching staff and student-run board dedicated to helping each athlete grow as a team member and student. As a club sport, the team relies on the officer board to run its everyday operations including practices, regattas, and team bonding events. Joining Emory Crew and its board is a great way to get involved in a leadership position on campus and learn what it takes to run a successful team.

Our team practices 3-5 times a week – water practices are at Stone Mountain Lake and land practices are at the WoodPEC on main campus. We are the only crew that rows at Stone Mountain Lake, which offers almost 5,000 meters of straight, smooth water 365 days of the year. Although our team members are highly dedicated to the team and sport, they are still able to be involved on various clubs and organizations on campus including Greek Life, ResLife, music groups, religious groups, and study abroad programs. We have students pursuing almost every major and pre-professional track, including pre-med, business, pre-law, and others. We have an alumni network made up of hundreds of individuals across the country employed in industries such as healthcare, law, finance, education, and more.


Emory University Crew was founded in 1990 as a club sport. Paul Moore, Melanie Brown (’92), and Jason Steele (’95) were instrumental in the inception of Emory Crew. When it began, the team was composed of only six rowers. Until 1997, the team rowed on the Chattahoochee River in Roswell, Georgia. In 1997 the University helped fund the construction of the Jason Steele Boathouse at Stone Mountain Lake.

Several internationally competitive athletes got their start at Emory Crew. The first national athlete from Emory Crew came from the original 1990 team. Cyrus Beasley, class of 1995, raced his Men’s Single in the 1996 Olympics. Later, graduating in 1999, Sarah Hirst became the first Emory female athlete to be selected for an Olympics (2000). Erik Koep, from the class of 1999, raced a lightweight pair without coxswain in the 2001 World Rowing Championships. Erik has also competed as a professional cyclist.

Emory Crew continues to expand thanks to the support of the University, team alumni, and the local community.