Penn AC is excited to announce that it has hired Jackie Kleinhans and Alex Binkowski to lead its 2017 Penn AC Gold U19 Rowing programs. Coach Kleinhans will return to Penn AC to lead the Women’s U19 program after serving as an assistant the past two summers, and Coach Binkowski will head the Men’s U19 program. Congratulations to them both on their recent hires.
“We can’t wait to get started on another great year for Penn AC Gold!” said Penn AC President Mike Wherley.
Jackie Kleinhans comes to Penn AC from Row New York, where she is in her first year leading a team of 85 rowers with high expectations for this spring. Last summer, she was the lead assistant for Penn AC’s U19 Women’s squad, which had numerous racing highlights at USRowing Club Nationals, including medals in the U17 eight, intermediate lightweight four and intermediate pair, along with a 4th place finish in the U19 eight.
Wherley said, “The U19 Women did very well last summer and Coach Kleinhans played a large part in their success. Jackie took great care to make sure those athletes improved their rowing and racing skills every day. She also brings considerable experience from Row New York and her prior coaching positions, and we are very happy to have her leading the U19 women this summer!”
Before joining Row New York, Jackie served as a Varsity Assistant at Smith College from 2014-2016, where she also taught undergraduate courses, and Jackie has substantial experience developing youth athletes. She served as the Program Director and Boathouse Manager for the Indianapolis Rowing Center (IRC) from 2010-2014. Under her leadership, IRC earned bids to the Youth National Championship every year.
Alex Binkowski joins Penn AC as U19 Men’s Head Coach, and he brings over 30 years of rowing experience as an athlete, referee, coach, and administrator to Penn AC.
He has been coaching junior athletes for much of his career, and has coached rowers to top placings at USRowing Youth Nationals and Club Nationals, British Nationals and the Junior World Rowing Championships. His high school rowers have gone on to row at Oxford, Princeton, Stanford, Wisconsin, Syracuse, Tennessee, M.I.T., Villanova, Dartmouth, Clemson, Temple, Oregon and Oregon State.
“Coach Binkowski is going to be a great asset to our U19 Men’s team!” said Wherley. “He has such vast experience coaching in all settings, but it is clear that he is always focused on helping his athletes reach their goals. And we always like bringing in coaches with a teaching background because the best coaches are always exceptional teachers of the sport.”
Most recently, Alex served as the Director of Rowing at The Bolles School in Jacksonville, FL and White Rock Rowing in Dallas, Texas. His previous coaching positions have included both college and junior programs, including Mossbourne Rowing Academy and London Youth Rowing in London, St. Ignatius College Prep (San Francisco), Girls Preparatory School (Chattanooga), along with Oak Ridge Rowing Association, UMass, and Kansas State.
While an assistant at UMass, Alex coached multiple Atlantic-10 Conference Champions and UMass Scholar-Athletes of the Year. He has also taught spanish at the high school and college levels for over 20 years.
For more information on the U19 program, go to Penn AC Gold.
Full coaching biographies – Penn AC Gold U19 Coaches