The Princeton National Rowing Association Seeks Outreach Program Manager

The Princeton National Rowing Association (PNRA) and its Mercer Rowing Program are looking to add a full time Outreach and Inclusion Manger to our team.

PNRA is dedicated to building opportunities for area youth to excel in the sport of rowing and expanding rowing in our local communities. PNRA’s Outreach Programs invite disadvantaged youth from Trenton and Mercer County to participate in an organized sport with peers that can challenge their life expectations and goals.

PNRA’s Outreach activities include the STEM to Stern Program (in conjunction with Princeton University), Swim to Row Program, and working with local schools and community programs to introduce juniors and adults to rowing.

Our Outreach/Inclusion Manager must:

  • Understand the importance of the sport beyond simply teaching the sport;
  • Realize the potential for influence in the lives of kids, teenagers and adults; and
  • Realize the character elements of the sport of rowing and what it can provide to communities.

The Outreach and Inclusion Manager:

  • Coordinates all aspects of the Outreach Programs, including:
    • PNRA’s STEM to Stern Program with Princeton University and the national level STEM to Stern Program;
    • PNRA’s strategic outreach/inclusion partnerships with area schools and community groups;
    • Outreach activities with schools and youth groups and programs at the Caspersen Rowing Center;
    • Transportation for Outreach athletes;
    • Interactions and communications with participants, their families and the community;
  • Works with PNRA staff to obtain funding for Outreach Activities;
  • Coordinates academic support for Outreach Student Athletes as required;
  • As part of the PNRA and the Mercer Rowing Programs you may also be asked to do some coaching of Juniors

Applicants should have coaching experience, a Coaching level 2 certification is preferred, have a valid drivers license and complete all certifications required (CPR, First Aid, Boater Safety). Salary commensurate with experi

ence. PNRA also provides health insurance and a 401k plan.

PNRA and this position are based in the Caspersen Rowing Center on Mercer Lake, West Windsor, NJ, The Caspersen Rowing Center is home to the USRowing National Team. PNRA operates the nationally ranked Mercer Junior Rowing Program.

To apply please submit a cover letter and resume to

Former Mercer Junior Rower Killed In Ukraine Providing Humanitarian Aid

The thoughts and prayers of the entire PNRA/Mercer community go out to the family of Pete Reed, the American humanitarian aid worker killed in the Ukraine earlier this month.  Mr. Reed grew up in Burlington, NJ and rowed for the Mercer Junior Rowing Program when he was in high school.  He spent time in the Marine Corps before co-founding Global Outreach Doctors which focused its efforts on providing medical aid in war torn areas.  He was killed by a missile on February 2, just outside of Bakhmut, Ukraine.

Humanitarian worker from N.J. killed in Ukraine is remembered for ‘his selflessness’ –

Brooke Wolford Hired as Mercer Varsity Girls Head Coach

PNRA/Mercer announced that Brooke Wolford has accepted the position of Mercer Varsity Girls Head Coach. Brooke has resided in the Princeton area for the past several years while training at the Caspersen Rowing Center with the US National Team and was a member of Team USA at the 2022 World Rowing Coastal Championships in Saundersfoot, Great Britain

Brooke started her athletic career at the age of 5 as a swimmer and water polo player. She continued with both sports into college where she swam and played water polo at Santa Rosa Junior College in California. Brooke did not begin rowing until her 4th year of college at Sonoma State University where she quickly excelled and was later offered a scholarship to row at the University of Central Oklahoma. At UCO, she helped the team earn a first ever team bid to the 2015 NCAA Championships and a 2nd place overall in 2016 at NCAAs.

Brooke graduated from UCO with a degree in Psychology and moved to Philadelphia to row with Vesper Boat Club where she competed for 3 years as a member of their High Performance team. Brooke was invited to the 2019 quad camp held at the Caspersen Rowing Center and began training full time at the national training center. Last year, Brooke was an Assistant Coach with the Mercer Varsity Boys team, and most recently, she competed at the 2022 World Rowing Coastal Endurance Championships in Saundersfoot, Great Britain.

Mercer Rowing Program Director, Hilary Gehman stated: “I am thrilled to welcome Brooke to the Mercer coaching staff. She is a tremendous role model for the Mercer girls and I am excited to see the impact she will have on the team this spring season. I’d also like to recognize the huge contributions of Sam Altier as he led the program all fall as Interim Head Coach. We have a great team of coaches at Mercer!”

Brooke will begin full time with the Varsity Girls in early January. Sam Altier will assist with the coaching transition and remain on the girls coaching staff throughout the winter and spring.