Bison Rowers Introduce Sport to More than 1,000 Seventh and Eighth Graders
A three-time Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association All-American who was a four-year member of the women's rowing team at Tennessee, Chelsea Pemberton was named a Bucknell assistant women's rowing coach in August 2011. The former U.S. Junior National Team member was most recently an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Alabama.
At Alabama, Pemberton was in charge of the program's recruiting efforts and coaching the varsity fours, which won two consecutive Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association championships. She assisted the head coach in all facets of the program that included over 50 rowers.
Pemberton graduated from Tennessee in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in English. She was the Lady Volunteer Rowing Athlete of the Year in 2004.
Since graduation Pemberton has held a number of coaching posts. She was a master's men's coach at Oak Ridge Rowing Association in 2007-08, the head coach of girls and boys ages 12-16 at the Smoky Mountain Rowing Center in 2008-09, the land training coach at the Southeast Juniors Development Camp in 2009 and has been an assistant coach with Masters Coaching in Boston, Mass., and Engelwood, Fla., since 2008.
Pemberton's first professional experience was as a special education teach in the Knox County Schools in Knoxville, Tenn. She held that post from 2006 to 2008.