I am Cody McMillian, the current captain of URI Crew. I will be graduating this spring after completing my Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering. At the same time, I will be completing my fourth year as a member of the Rowing Club at URI. My rowing career began four years ago when I walked into URI’s First Night for freshmen. All the different organizations were there throwing handouts to folks left and right, I was pretty overwhelmed until three guys came up to me and asked me to join crew. My experience with rowing prior to that moment had just been watching a race or two on that past s
Hey, alumni. No doubt your rowing wardrobe could use a refresh. URI Crew’s 50th anniversary is a great opportunity to do just that! Visit our online store to browse a collection of hats, tees, polos, vests, hoodies and more! If you order before April 22, you will have your new kit by the 50th Anniversary Celebration on May 7! The store will remain open afterwards.
I began my rowing adventure in the summer of 1982 at the Wakefield Fitness Center, now the home of Bagelz in Wakefield, Rhode Island. One day I noticed an interesting rowing device (a Gamut Ergometer) in the back room of the fitness center. It was kept there in the summer so the local rowers could train. Bob Gillette, the Head Coach of the URI Crew at the time, was working at the fitness center and was happy to let me give the gamut a go, particularly because I was an incoming student at URI! I was instantly hooked and my life would never be the same. I devoured every bit of the URI crew exper
The following, penned by URI Crew co-founder Ralph Kopperman, is an article he first wrote in 1985. In honor of URI Crew’s 50th anniversary, we revived the story about URI Crew’s origins for, what is now, a larger family of rowing alumni to enjoy. In my last year at Columbia (1961-1962), I joined crew. I wasn’t very good; I only made the third boat, and we lost more races than we won. But you don’t need to be good to get a lot out of crew. During that year, I lost 40 pounds and had muscles for the first time in my life. When I moved on to graduate school, I couldn’t give up rowing. So I