2017 U19 Coaching Staff

Women’s U19 Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Jackie Kleinhans

Jackie Kleinhans

Jackie Kleinhans returns to Penn AC for her third consecutive summer. Last year, she was the lead assistant for Penn AC’s U19 Women’s squad, which had numerous racing highlights at US Rowing Club Nationals, including medals in the U17 eight, intermediate lightweight four and intermediate pair, along with a 4th place finish in the U19 eight.

Jackie brings her passion for student-athlete development backed by her extensive coaching experience and education. She is the current Youth Program Manager at Row New York Manhattan, a team of 85 year-round rowers that has high expectations for this spring.

Prior to Row New York, Jackie served as a Varsity Assistant at Smith College from 2014-2016, where she worked primarily with the Pioneer Novices and taught undergraduate courses. Jackie’s team of novices made significant contributions to the speed of Smith’s varsity boats come springtime racing.

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. She was a member of the local organizing committee that hosted three Big 10 Women’s Rowing Championships and two NCAA Championships on Eagle Creek Park’s reservoir in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Prior to IRC, Jackie served as the Head Coach of the junior teams at the Great Miami Rowing Center (GMRC) from 2008-2010. During her tenure, she coached the program to their only Youth National Championship attendance in club history.

Jackie competed collegiately at two NCAA Division I institutions and was a recipient of a performance based athletic scholarship. Jackie holds a Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Studies from Smith College and a BGS from Indiana University. She is a native of New York City, and currently resides there with her dog, Hudson.


Men’s U19 Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Alex Binkowski

Alex Binkowski brings to PennAC over 30 years of rowing experience as an athlete, referee, coach, and administrator. He has coached athletes at the club, high school, college and masters levels, and is himself a five-time US National medalist at the senior, elite and masters levels.

Alex joins PennAC after serving 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, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco, Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga, Oak Ridge Rowing Association, and Kansas State University.

Alex has coached rowers to top placings at USRowing Youth and Club National regattas, British Nationals and the Junior World Rowing Championships. At UMass, he coached multiple Atlantic-10 Conference Champions and UMass Scholar-Athletes of the Year.

His high school rowers have gone on to row collegiately at schools such as Oxford, Stanford, Syracuse, Tennessee, M.I.T., Villanova, Wisconsin, Dartmouth, Princeton, Clemson, Temple, Oregon and Oregon State.

As a collegiate athlete, Alex rowed for Wayne State University and was a member of Detroit Boat Club. With a Masters in Spanish, Alex has over 20 years teaching experience at the high school and college level and lives with his wife, Donna, a professor at SMU in Dallas, TX.