Penn AC Hires David Lindstrom as Head Junior Coach

by: Paul Coomes


IMG_0542Penn AC is excited to announce that it has hired New Zealander, David Lindstrom, as the Head Coach of its Penn AC Gold High Performance Junior Camp which runs from June 12th to July 15th.

“The opportunity to be involved in a top Junior Program outside New Zealand will be an extremely exciting challenge for me,” said Head Junior Coach, David Lindstrom.  One of his favorite sayings with any program he is involved in is “We make fast boats.”  This aligns perfectly with what we want to do at Penn AC!.

David joins Penn AC with more than 50 years of experience in the sport, representing New Zealand in the 1972 Olympics in the 4+ and the 1976 Olympics in the 4-.  At the 1972 Summer Olympics, his 4+ finished 6th. In 1976, at Summer Olympics in Montreal, his 4- was narrowly beaten by the Soviet Union for 3rd place, finishing 4th. The 1977 World Rowing Championships saw David win a silver medal in the 4- and in 1978 at the World Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro in New Zealand, he won bronze in New Zealand’s 8+.

David was a longtime coach at his alma mater, St. Bede’s College, and currently coaches the Wanganui Collegiate School, delivering strong results to that program in his first year there.  In 2006, he was appointed to the panel of junior national team selectors by Rowing New Zealand (RNZ) and was later appointed convenor of the panel. He served Rowing New Zealand in this role through 2015.

“We are thrilled to have drawn Coach Lindstrom from New Zealand to the U.S. to lead the Penn AC Gold High Performance Junior Camp,” said Penn AC President, Mike Wherley.  “David brings incredible pedigree as an Olympic rower, and extensive experience coaching juniors to great success. New Zealand is known to have one of the top international rowing programs in the world, and we are very excited to have a chance to expose our athletes to David’s coaching methods developed in that system.”

As Head Coach of the Penn AC Gold High Performance Junior Camp, David will oversee both the junior men and junior women. He will be tasked with building upon Penn AC’s tradition of excellence and delivering strong results to the Club while ensuring the summer program is structured in a way to provide an exceptional developmental experience for our rowers. “Penn AC takes pride in its summer junior program, and while results are important, the Club also feels it is equally important to ensure our rowers receive the proper development, guidance, and coaching so they can excel not only with Penn AC, but with their home Clubs and Schools, collegiately, and even internationally if they so desire,” said Penn AC Director of Programs, Paul Coomes.

“I am very excited we have been able to sign Dave as Head Coach of Penn AC Gold,” said Sean Hall, Head Coach of Penn AC’s High Performance Group. “He will definitely bring a new level of expertise and experience to the program – one that is in line with Penn AC goals and Penn AC tradition.”

In addition to David, Penn AC has hired a very strong coaching staff to support him this summer. Learn more about them here.

Additional information about the Penn AC Gold program can be found here, and to apply, please click here.

Written by Paul Coomes,

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