Penn AC Announces U23 Coaches for Summer 2015

by: creich


Penn AC is excited to announce that it has hired Nick Baker and Ted Swinford to lead

the Men’s and Women’s U23 summer programs, respectively!

“These two coaches will bring a wealth of experience and energy to Penn AC this

summer and we are very excited to see how they do,” said Penn AC President Mike


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Nick Baker joins Penn AC as Men’s U23 Head Coach, coming from Drexel University

where he is in his first season as Assistant Coach. Previously, Coach Baker was the

Lightweight Men’s Coach at University of Pennsylvania for five seasons. During his time

there, he led the team to some of its most successful seasons in recent years, including

a win at EARC Sprints in 2014 for the Freshmen 8 – the first gold for the program since

1976 – and an undefeated Ivy League record in 2013 for the Freshmen 8. Baker also

was coach at the U.S. Naval Academy for four years and at Yale for one year before


“Nick has had plenty of successes in the college ranks, and we expect him to do a great job this summer with our U23 Men,” said Wherley.

Ted Swinford joins the Women’s U23 coaching staff for the first time, however, he has

been a part of Penn AC for years, as a rower and a coach. He currently coaches at St.

Andrew Rowing Club in Atlanta, GA. He has been coaching all levels of rowing for over

25 years.

Swinford trained out of Penn AC from 1985-1989 during which time he was on the

National Team. During his five years on the team, Coach Swinford was in the 4- that

won gold and bronze at consecutive World Championships and was a member of the

1988 Olympic Team. In 1996 Swinford coached Penn AC’s pre-elite group, which

included Wherley and Penn AC Coach Curt Browder. “He was an excellent coach for us

then, and it will be great to have him back at the club!” said Wherley.

Jackie Kleinhans also joins the Women’s U23 coaching staff as an assistant. Coach

Kleinhans rowed at the collegiate level at the University of New Hampshire and the

University of Cincinnati.  She is in her first season as a graduate assistant at Smith

College, where she is also studying to get a master’s degree in Exercise and Sport

Studies. Kleinhans is used to a full boathouse, as she was previously program director

and boathouse manager at the Indianapolis Rowing Center, where she led a program of

100 junior athletes.

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