The man who drowned Monday at Lake Natoma was a well-known competitive rowing coach.
66-year old John Hooten was rowing his one-person boat across the lake Monday morning when he suddenly fell overboard. A friend who was rowing a short distance away tried to rescue Hooten, but the flailing man slipped under the surface. His body was recovered Tuesday.
Hooten was a former rowing coach at Philadelphia's Vesper Boat Club and coached many athletes. Among them was his wife Sue, who was on the U.S. Olympics rowing team at the Montreal games in 1976.
All together Hooten coached 18 Olympic rowers. More recently he coached at Roseville's Johnson Ranch Barracudas youth swim club.