NORFOLK, Va. - ODU Director of Broadcasting, Ted Alexander caught up with head rowing coach, Daniel Garbutt to discuss the past, present and future of his program.
Garbutt has been instrumental in the early success of the Old Dominion women's rowing program. Not only has he built the team from the ground up, but his Lady Monarchs are now making headlines in the world of collegiate rowing in just four seasons as the head coach.
In the 2012-2013 season, the Lady Monarchs received their first ever votes in the CRCA/US Rowing Coaches Top 20 Poll. The seniors from this past season, which were part of Garbutt's very first recruiting class, ended their careers at Old Dominion without losing a single home meet. ODU will have some big shoes to fill after losing nine valuable seniors, but there is no question about the brightness of this program's future.
During the fall 2012 season, Old Dominion's Frosh/Novice Eight boat won the Commodore Cup at the Head of Schuylkill, as well as won gold medals at the Head of the Hooch. The Frosh/Novice Eight boat concluded the fall season with a third place finish at the Rivanna Romp. At the Head of the Schuylkill, ODU's Open Four boat placed third overall out of 38 total boats. At the Head of the Hooch, the Lady Monarchs Lightweight Four boat placed second.
Old Dominion kicked off the 2013 spring season by defeating UNC in Norfolk, Va. At the Knecht Cup, the Novice Four and Second Varsity Four boats both placed fifth overall. In the following weeks, ODU swept SMU and also defeated UCF in a regatta in Miami, Florida.
At the C-USA Championships, Garbutt and his team found out just how close they were to being amongst the nation's best, as they competed against the likes of Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee, Kansas, Kansas State, WVU, Alabama, etc... The Lady Monarchs were one of only five schools to send two of their three boats to the Grand Finals at the 2013 C-USA Championship; Old Dominion finished in the seventh place.
Garbutt's girls not only got it done in the water, but also in the classroom as well. A total of 34 Lady Monarchs were named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll, which requires maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.