The informational meeting for potential walk-ons will be held Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bill Battle Academic Center at Bryant Hall in Room 247
Derek Tuten is in his seventh year as an assistant coach for the Alabama rowing team. While he is involved in all aspects of the program, his primary duties include coaching the novice rowers and serving as the program's boatman/rigger, in charge of keeping the Tide's boats in top condition.
"Derek brings a wealth of rowing knowledge to our program," Davis said. "As a Tuscaloosa native and an Alabama graduate, he knows the pride everyone has in the Crimson Tide and he knows the Alabama rowing community. His experience and knowledge help our student-athletes become acclimatized to all phases of the collegiate rowing experience."
Tuten served as head coach of the Alabama Crew Club prior to joining the Crimson Tide staff in the summer of 2007. As the club coach, he led the men to a win at the Head of the South and a finalist spot at the S.I.R.A. Championships.
"Derek is an excellent teacher when it comes to rowing," Davis said. "He brings a balance and patience to the program in terms of how he goes about his coaching. A keen observer, he takes what he sees and works individually with the student-athletes to teach them the skills they need to be successful."
A 1997 graduate of Central High School, Tuten coached the Alabama Crew Club for two years as an assistant under Davis before taking over the reins in 2006. During that period, the club was a consistent medalist, including earning gold at the S.I.R.A. Championships.
"Having worked with coach Davis in the past with great success, I was excited about the opportunity to do so again at the Division I level," Tuten said. "With the university's dedication to athletics and academics, I know this program will succeed."
Tuten was a four-year member of the Alabama Crew Club while pursuing a psychology degree at Alabama. He also rowed for the Riverside Boat Club and Community Rowing in Boston, one of the nation's top cities for competitive rowing.
As a competitor, Tuten rowed at the U.S. Rowing National Championships as well as the C.R.A.S.H. - B Sprints World Indoor Championships. He won gold at the Southeastern Championships, Head of the South and Chattanooga Head Race during his career. Tuten also medaled at the Head of the Chattahoochee, Head of the Tennessee, Augusta Invitational, Tennessee Indoor Sprints, Atlanta Indoor Sprints and Clemson Sprints.