June 4, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) - SMU rowing assistant coach Bill McLean will spend the summer working as an assistant coach at the Pennsylvania Athletic Club Rowing Association with the Penn AC Gold program. McLean, who has been an assistant at SMU for the past five seasons, will work with Penn AC Gold to provide a competitive summer racing experience and give instruction to athletes on all aspects of rowing of rowing necessary to prepare for collegiate and national level competition.
"I am excited to coach in Philadelphia this summer and at one of the most storied rowing clubs," exclaimed McLean. "It will definitely be hard work coaching 2-3 times a day, every day through the summer, but it also a great opportunity to help to spread the word about SMU in the Northeast!"
Penn AC Rowing Association, established in 1871 and located on the historic "Boathouse Row", has a long history of developing athletes selected to the U.S. National Team and have competed successfully at the World Rowing Championships and Olympic Games. Currently, more than 20 U.S. National Team members have spent time training or racing for Penn AC.
"I'm excited for Bill to get this kind of opportunity," SMU head coach Doug Wright said. "Penn AC is a very well renowned club and produces some of the top rowers in the country. With this opportunity, Bill will be in contact with several elite athletes and coaches, and will be able to bring those contacts and the knowledge he gains this summer back to our program.
"I also think Bill's selection to work in such an elite environment says a lot about our program and coaching staff at SMU," Wright continued. "Any time our assistants get the chance to work during the summer, whether it is with a U-23 camp or a youth summer camp, it shows that our program is on the rise and gaining recognition."
Penn AC Gold athletes, the group McLean will be working with, are part of a larger structure made up of collegiate athletes as well as Elite athletes training to make the U.S. Senior National Team. Penn AC Gold athletes will have the opportunity to train and learn what is necessary to reach that level. Teams will combine and race at Independence Day Regatta, U.S. Rowing Club National Championships and the Royal Canadian Henley.