Quick season preview: Meet Alabama’s new rowing coach

Glenn Putyrae arrives after two stints at Gonzaga

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — University of Alabama coach Glenn Putyrae has been on the job for two months and hasn't even met everyone on his team yet.

Unlike most others sports, not everyone was around over the summer, and he's been busy getting up to speed, hiring a staff and just getting familiar with working at a big university again.

"It's been an educational experience," he said.

Putyrae, the nine-time West Coast Conference Coach of the Year, was named Alabama's rowing coach on June 14.

Larry Davis, the program's first coach since becoming a varsity sport, retired after 12 season.

Putyrae comes to Tuscaloosa with 19 years of head coaching experience having spent 15 of those over two stints at Gonzaga (1999-2007, 2011-18) and the other four at Georgetown (2007-11).

He's a 1994 graduate of Washington and rowed for the Huskies from 1989-93 before booming a graduate assistant.. He went on to earn a master's degree in education from Washington State in 1997.

At Gonzaga, Putyrae won five WCC championships over a seven-year span (2013, 2015-18). The team's 2013 league title earned the Zags their first bid in program history into the NCAA championships, where the Bulldogs finished 19th.

Gonzaga placed in the top 20 in each of its national meet appearances, finishing 17th in 2015, 16th in 2016, 19th in 2017 and 18th in 2018. The team also did so with just five scholarships, 15 less than the maximum number of scholarships allowed in rowing by the NCAA.

Overall, in his 15 seasons running the Gonzaga program Putyrae coached four Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association All-Americans and 13 CRCA All-Region/All-Conference selections. Twenty-eight of his student-athletes wee been named All-Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association selections, with four WCC Rowers of the Year.

The Crimson Tide open the fall schedule with the Chattanooga Head Race on Oct. 14.