Coaches - Curt P. Drewes
UW's rigger from 1939-1976, Drewes was hired as a part-time boat repairer by AD Stuhldreher when the crew owned two shells and one set of oars. When the job grew to 60 hours a week, Stuhldreher sought to hire Drewes as a full-time UW employee. A job description and an entrance exam for Drewes' unique position - both essential in a university bureaucracy - did not exist, so Stuhldreher instructed Drewes to write the position description, prepare the position's entry-examination and then take the exam. He passed.
Drewes coached a number of UW student athletes with a high-level of intramural interest, reportedly becoming “the winningest Wisconsin crew coach in history,” according to accolades upon his retirement. A closer research puts such gushing praise into some doubt.
Drewes' finest hour may have come when he was selected as the U.S. Olympic team's rigger for the 1972 Munich Olympics in his home country of Germany . Badger Olympians in Munich , Stewart MacDonald and Tim Mickelson, both appreciated the benefit of their ‘own' rigger in their contests.