Lee Miller, UCLA's assistant crew coach, spends his days bellowing instructions to rowers at the team's boat house in Marina del Rey.
But when Miller ordered 19 freshmen to voluntarily relinquish their seats on a flight home from a regatta in Redwood City, Calif., last April, many wondered about their coach's motives.
Miller's resourcefulness, however, assured the financially strapped crew of 19 ticket vouchers worth $200 each, compensation for giving up the seats on an overbooked flight from San Francisco.
The circumstance allowed the varsity to send eight- and four-man crews and a pair to Syracuse, N.Y., to the prestigious Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. regatta recently.