Robert Loucks-Vonfeldt Joins Tulsa Women's Rowing Program
June 22, 2005
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Tulsa Head Coach Kevin Harris announced today the hiring of Robert Loucks-Vonfeldt as a boatman/rigger for the Golden Hurricane women's rowing program.
Loucks-Vonfeldt, 54, comes to Tulsa after spending the last six seasons at Kansas State University in the same capacity. Loucks-Vonfeldt will be reunited with Harris at TU, as both men previously worked together on the same staff for three years (2000-02) at Kansas State.
"I was lucky enough to have worked with Bob when we were both at Kansas State," Harris said. "I have seen him do amazing things with boats. His abilities range from woodwork and fiberglass to race course installation. More importantly, he will relieve me from some of my duties so that I can better concentrate on coaching."
"I cannot begin to express how happy I am that we were able to lure someone of the quality of Bob Loucks-Vonfeldt to Tulsa. He is one of the best boatmen in the country and will be able to do many things that we have lacked at TU in the past," Harris added.
Loucks-Vonfeldt will be in charge of all equipment for the rowing team, both while they are on the road and at home. He will ensure that all boats are rigged properly, oars are adjusted and all mechanical and electrical equipment used for each practice is in working order. He will also oversee the transporting of all boats to and from events and will be responsible for TU's practice spaces at both the Charles Boathouse and the Jack Zink Indoor Rowing Center when it is completed.
Before Kansas State, Loucks-Vonfeldt served in the United States Army for 20 years and is a Gulf War veteran. He completed his military career at Fort Riley, Kan. While in the Army, he served as a recruiter, turbine-engine mechanic and sheet-metal repair specialist working on helicopters. Before that, he spent 11 months at Fort Eustis (Va.) training in armament on the electrical systems for the Cobra and Apache helicopters. Before his retirement, he served as a non-commissioned officer in charge of the Aviation Life Support Unit for the 1st Battalion, 1st Aviation.
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