|Outgoing President, Steve Goeller|
Four years ago, when I sat down in a small back room of the Curris Center, I had very little idea about what was going on. I sat closely to my cousin, Kevin, who was the only person I knew in the room. It was the first meeting of the year for the rowing team in the fall of 2008. Kevin had brought me because I had already indicated to him that I planned on joining the team. In the far corner sat Coach McLean, who later stood and gave his parting words before leaving his coaching position at the university. The mood was grim and full of concern. But it was also filled with determination. A sense of resolve. When I left the room that night, and was told by Coach Weaver that I would start training that following week, I would have never thought that my life would lead me to this letter, right now.
Looking back upon it all, I can say with a steadfast resolve that I have absolutely no regrets about these past four years of my life, which has been intimately wound around this team and sport of rowing. If it were not for my fellow rowers, peers, and most importantly, friends, I probably would have returned to New Jersey and went to some state school up there. Although as much as I hate to leave all of this behind and move forward with the next chapter of my life, I know the following:
I know that the memories will be there, no matter where I head to. The memories of my first homecoming (Weaver: "Just do a racing start." Me as a novice: "What's a racing start?") and my first regatta ("Where's Bob?") will never leave me. Between the medals and victories, to the outrageous moments and practices that would either make you laugh or scream, they will always remain with me. The learning experiences will also be there, from learning about what leadership is from my predecessor, alum Torey Moore, or learning that hard work is ultimately rewarded (Thank you for that Beaver Award, Weaver!).
I know that throughout all of these trials and tests that this team has been through, this team will always remain and pull through. A lot of people left us for dead four years ago. And yet here we are, with more medals around our necks, including a SIRA victory, a growing alumni base, and a growing group of four year rowers. The determination of the members of this team is certainly inspiring, and their will to keep improving not only themselves, but this team as a whole is certainly reassuring for any of us alumni.
I know that we will all be proud of the new Executive Board. They are a cohesive, open-minded group of individuals seeking to propel our organization forward and in new directions. I have nothing but the utmost confidence in each and every one of them to accomplish the goals and objectives they set forth. They have the tools and the personal connections with the university and the community to do something great.
With that said, it is my privilege to announce the 2012-2013 Executive Board:
Carter Jones, President
|Pictured: Steve and Carter|
Given this is my last letter to all of you in my capacity as President, I would also like to take a moment and thank someone in particular: Coach Matt Weaver.
Thank you, Weaver, for your commitment and sacrifice to this team. Without you, the successes of this team would not have been possible. On a personal level, I would like to thank you for the commitment you put into me. Although I may not be the strongest or the greatest of rowers, you gave me the attention and respect that I am sure would have been hard to find on any other crew out there. For that, I thank you for granting me the opportunity to make this journey for the last four years. I will never forget it.
I wish the best of luck to our new Executive Board and our team. I know by this time next spring, there will have been many successes (and medals!) along the way.
R. Steven GoellerPresident,
Murray State University Rowing Club