Former UT coach joins Oak Ridge Rowing

Jay FitzOur Town Outdoors

After 25 years as coach of UT Lady Vols rowing, Lisa Glenn has joined the Oak Ridge Rowing Association as executive athletics director for the Atomic programs.

“I’m looking forward to collaborating with the ORRA leadership,” says Glenn, who announced her retirement as Lady Vols coach in June.

Glenn will work with the ORRA board of directors and its lead and assistant coaches on the strategic direction of coached programs, defining and executing training and racing plans, as well as coaching on the water.

Glenn took over Lady Vols rowing in 1998 from former Oak Ridge rower Susannah Iacovino, who launched the program in 1994. A three-time regional and two-time conference coach of the year, Glenn led Tennessee to nine appearances at the NCAA championships, including full-team selections in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2021. The Lady Vols earned two conference titles and one region title and finished in the top three at conference championships 11 of 12 times. Twelve Lady Vols rowers earned All-America honors and 79 were named as all-region.

In 2007, Tennessee placed ninth at the NCAA championships for its best finish in program history. This year UT placed second in the Big 12 Championship – its best finish ever at that event – as all five boats medaled, a Lady Vols first.

A native of Clarkston, Michigan, Glenn graduated in 1988 from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, where she won three Seven Sisters’ Championships. She obtained a master’s degree from Syracuse University and served as an assistant rowing coach. While at Syracuse, she worked with junior girls at Liverpool High School. Her crews won two gold medals and one silver medal in the 1990 Empire State Games. She also has coached competitive-to-elite-level master’s women, ages 27 and over.

In 1993, she served as the assistant development coach for the U.S. Junior National Team and was tabbed the squad’s head coach the following year.

Glenn served on the USRowing Board of Directors from 1996-98 and on the NCAA Rowing Committee from 2005-07. Info about Atomic Rowing juniors or masters programs: or email


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