The newest sport for the Tennessee Vols is still a growing program but does have a ton of potential. Lisa Glenn has been with the women’s rowing program for 20 of its 23 years and has done a tremendous job of building it up. She deserves credit for sticking with the program all these years.
To be honest, though, we had to put her here at No. 12 because it’s so hard to judge the sport given its infancy overall. UT joined the Big 12 back in 2014, and that followed years in the Conference USA, which included titles in 2010 and 2012 and championship appearances in 1997, 2003-2008 and 2010.
But the program finished sixth in the Big 12 this year and has failed to make championships since joining. Given Glenn’s experience with rowing, that’s something she probably wants to improve upon, even if there were minor successes.
Again, though, this is a sport in its very early stages, and Glenn does get a break for that. It’s almost hard to judge her. We just have to note the accomplishments and experience we see, and six years in the Big 12 is enough time to expect results. So we couldn’t put her higher than this.