After 13 years here, the head coach of the Oak Ridge Rowing Association is leaving the Secret City.
Allen Eubanks no longer works for the ORRA. The rowing association’s board agreed unanimously earlier this month that Eubanks was “no longer needed for the position he held,” ORRA President Bob Franks said Monday.
Franks declined to elaborate on the personnel change, which he called a business decision.
“He’s a good guy,” Franks said of Eubanks. “He’s going to be successful, and we wish him well.”
Eubanks announced his resignation from the Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Advisory Board in a Monday morning e-mail.
“My work situation has abruptly changed, and I will be leaving this great community Aug. 9,” he said. “I have greatly enjoyed my 13 years in Oak Ridge, and I feel I had become part of the community. I will miss this place and especially the people. I hope that my time here was productive and that I made a difference where I could.”
Franks said the ORRA has interviews coming up with six candidates from all over the country for a new head coach and director of rowing position.
“We would be a prime fit for many people,” Franks said.
The Oak Ridge rowing course is considered one of the best in the country. Rowers say they like the six-lane course because it’s flat and fair, and there is generally not much wind or other boats. Also, spectators can see most of the race from the waterfront, and they can ride bikes down the greenway on the waterfront to follow the race.
In addition to Eubanks’ departure, ORRA Executive Director Bill Garland, employed full-time since November, has found another full-time job that was a “huge opportunity,” Franks said. But he said he hopes the rowing association can continue using Garland as an adviser if the nine-member board agrees.
In his resignation from the Recreation and Parks Board, Eubanks said he truly believes in rowing in Oak Ridge.
“What the community has here is the best place in the country,” he said in his e-mail. “There are many things to be done to keep the Melton Lake Park competitive with the newer rowing venues being built.”
Note: This story was updated at 11 a.m.