The coaches’ goals are to develop each rower’s character and skill set, and to foster an appreciation for the sport, regardless of personal goals.
Coach Min is the head coach for the Swan Creek youth program. She is USRowing Level 2 Certified. She rowed throughout university and in her novice year secured a British University’s silver medal in a coxless pair and in her senior year made the semi-finals in Henley Royal Regatta in a coxless four. She continued rowing on the English Channel off the coast of Brighton, competing in coastal rowing boats for Shoreham RC. She stroked the South Coast Senior Champions coxed four before moving to the US in 2008. After a brief spell of sculling in Manhattan she moved to Chicago, joining the Lincoln Park Boat Club. In 2010 she won a Masters Club National gold and silver medal in two lightweight 4+ categories and a bronze in the open 8+. She was bow seat in the winning Open Club 4+ at the Head of the Charles the same year. She has been a coxswain throughout her rowing career and most recently coxed a SCRC 4+ at the last Head of the Charles. She also ran a Boston Marathon qualifying time at the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon in 2010. She is a qualified high school English teacher.
Coach Carol is a graduate of Clearview High School (Mullica Hill, NJ), where she played field hockey and basketball. She received her nursing degree from the
College of New Jersey and a pediatric nurse practitioner advanced degree from the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. An avid recreational athlete, she has enjoyed everything from running and rock climbing to backpacking, cycling and skiing. She started rowing at Swan Creek and attended Craftsbury Sculling Center for three seasons to improve her skills. Before joining the Youth Team coaching staff she rowed competitively and coached novice and intermediate rowers. She works as a nurse at a coed college-preparatory, private boarding and day school.
Coach Holly Sleph was a student athlete at both Central Bucks East High School and Delaware Valley University, so she has quite a connection to athletics in this area. Following a very successful college volleyball career, she spent 2 seasons as an assistant coach for the Delaware Valley University volleyball team. After 15 years of playing competitive volleyball in the mid-East region, she discovered rowing right here at Swan Creek. Immediately she was hooked! Holly is now in her 20th year with Swan Creek and has competed very successfully through the years with both women’s and mixed masters teams throughout the northeast region. This included racing the Head of the Charles a total of 7 times in both fours and eights with 3 top 10 finishes, and competing at the FISA World Masters Regatta against an international field. She has also spent about 10 years as an SCRC board member, and was very involved in growing the club to what it is today, from it’s humble beginnings more than 2 decades ago.
After a 22 year career as a research biologist in the pharmaceutical industry, Holly’s strong background in both science and athletics led her to a new career as an A.C.E. certified Personal Trainer and Health Coach, and certified TRX suspension trainer. Her study of body mechanics has given her insight into how crucial proper form is to maintain a healthy body in a repetitive sport such as rowing. Fortunate enough to be coached by 1984 Olympic gold medalist Holly Metcalf and several other national team members through the years, it was only natural to progress into coaching herself. Holly is now in her 4th season as a Swan Creek Youth assistant coach and club learn-to-row coach, last year completing the USRowing Level 2 Coaching course.
Coach Maureen has worked at numerous rowing camps on the east coast including Black Bear Rowing Camp, Raritan Valley Rowing Camp, and the Northeast Rowing Center, among others. She did her college rowing at Rutgers University, where she was a three year letter winner on the women’s varsity crew and 2004 and 2005 Big East Bronze Medalist on the Women’s Varsity 4+ event. Maureen earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science and Ecology & Natural Resources (double major), her Master of Marine Affairs degree from the University of Rhode Island, and her Juris Doctor from Roger Williams University School of Law.
She has rowed competitively at the Masters level in high profile events including Head of the Charles, Masters Nationals, Diamond State Masters, Head of the Housatonic, Green Mountain Head, Independence Day Regatta, Schuylkill Navy Regatta, Carnegie Lake Regatta, and Quaker City Masters Regatta in both sweep and sculling.
With 20 years of fitness training experience, she understands the movement patterns that are essential for achieving optimal function and movement for activities from work to sport to everyday life. It is her goal as a coach to teach the skills of the sport to those she works with in such a way that they are not only successful, but enjoy their experience as well. If the athletes have a positive outlook on their experiences and have learned things about themselves and life also, then she has succeeded. With a primary focus on sculling, she has leveraged her years of fitness training experience and knowledge of body mechanics to help improve the technical skills of novice and experienced rowers.
In addition to her rowing background, she has held certifications for Master Fitness Trainer ISSA; AAAI Fitness Trainer; AAAI Spin; AAAI Mat Pilates; AAAI Weight Management; Weight Training; US Sailing; SSI Dive Master, Stress and Rescue; Swift Water Rescue; and WSI (life guard).