Founded in 1984 Florida Crew started off as just a small group of passionate athletes. Now we have almost 100 rowers, and four full teams: Novice Women, Novice Men, Varsity Women and Varsity Men. We have pushed ourselves onto the national spotlight and are a force to be reckoned with in the rowing world. 

Chris Tippin

Women's Varsity Coach

Education: Jacksonville University

Email: Coachtippin@yahoo.com

Chris Tippin began his rowing career during his freshmen year at JU in 1993, being a part of the freshmen 8+ that finished 4th at Dad Vails. In his rowing career his team won many races, raced in the prestigious Royal Henley Regatta in England, and in his senior year was awarded the Bull Oarsmen award by his fellow teammates. He then used his 5th year of NCAA DIV I eligibility to walk onto the cross country/track team and made the travel team for the cross country NCAA Division I Regionals.

After graduating from college Chris began coaching at The Bolles School and at the end of the season was given the opportunity to return to his Alma Mater at JU. In his first year of coaching, his true novice women won many races, including the Grand Final at SIRA's with open water. Following that season he was invited to coach at Episcopal in Jacksonville and became certified as a US Rowing Coach I and II. In this year, his freshmen men didn't lose a single race and went on to win the State Championship. After one year of coaching at Episcopal, Chris decided to return to JU and coach the novice women and had a successful season, finishing off the season with a close 2nd place finish in the Grand Finals at SIRA's.

After 5 years of coaching Chris decided to take some time off to start a family and travel the world, but was still very active in athletics at that time. In 2004, Chris set the world record in rowing on the erg for the 100km distance for a lightweight that stood until 2009. He has been very active in the triathlon community since 1996, competing both nationally and internationally. In 2007, Chris was an All American in triathlon.

Chris started coaching the Florida Women's varsity team in the fall of 2010 and since then has led the varisty 8 to multiple 1st, 2nd and a 3rd place finishes at the Head of the Chattahoochee in the fall and SIRA regatta in the spring. With the varsity 8 finishing in the top 3 at SIRA 7 of the 9 seasons Chris has been at UF. In 2018 the women's LW4 were National Champs and in 2019 the LW4 won the prestigious Dad Vail regatta. The 2018-2019 season saw the women become national champions at ACRA by showing depth from the V8 all the way to the single by 7 boats making grand finals at nationals in the 8 events UF women entered and 6 of those boats medaling in the top 3. That same year Chris was awarded women's coach of the year by ACRA.

Chris is excited to be coaching the Florida Women's Crew and is looking forward to building successful crews for many years to come.

Adrienne Gower

Women's Novice Coach

Education: Auburn University

Adrienne began rowing at Auburn University in 2004. During her three years on Auburn’s crew team, she rowed and coxed a variety of lightweight and open boats, earning a collection of medals and the title “most valuable rower” for Auburn’s women’s team. More importantly, those years gave Adrienne an enduring love of rowing and respect for it as the ultimate team sport.


After graduation, Adrienne moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where she helped coaches Alison Pollini and Jason Cottingham found the Black Warrior Rowing Club. She rowed and coxed there until May of 2009, when she moved to Gainesville, Florida, to pursue a graduate degree in literature at UF.


Since completing her graduate studies, Adrienne has had the opportunity to pursue her rowing interests. She learned to scull at Steve Wagner’s Black Bear Sculling Camp, and she is currently completing requirements for US Rowing’s level II coaching certification. When she is not coaching or rowing, Adrienne writes speculative fiction, creative nonfiction, and literary and film analysis. Adrienne is thrilled to be sharing the love of rowing with new rowers and aims to instill the fundamentals of good technique that will make the novices strong rowers for future varsity teams.


Bethany Stennett

Men's Varsity and Novice Coach

Education: Auburn University

Bethany began her rowing career at Auburn University in 2007 as a true novice. She raced in varsity
boats by her second semester and quickly fell in love with the sport. As full varsity, she became stroke
seat of the women’s lightweight 4+, where she rowed for two years. During this time, she also became a
coxswain for the men’s varsity team and was elected to the office as treasurer of the club.


After she finished her undergraduate degree at Auburn in 2011, she moved to Jacksonville, Florida where
she completed a master’s degree. In Jacksonville, she joined the predominantly sweep oriented masters
Jacksonville Rowing Club where she began racing in masters events and learned the fundamentals of
sculling. In 2013, Bethany moved to Gainesville, Florida for a PhD program at UF. Bethany
soon became involved with Gainesville Area Rowing (GAR), where she gained an extensive amount of
sculling experience and still competes currently. In 2018, Bethany graduated with a PhD in Behavioral
Neuroscience and is now a post-doctoral fellow at UF.


When Bethany is not rowing or in a research lab, she can be found playing with her very large dogs or
hanging out with friends. Overall, Bethany has a total of 11 years experience rowing and has medalled in over
30 races. She loves to share her knowledge and experience of rowing with new and current rowers and is
excited to be part of the UF team.