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
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
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.