Ted Swinford, 1988 Olympian, World Champion, and 13-time US Rowing Elite National Champion serves as the Head Coach for HRA. Swinford, who holds a BA in Physical Education from the University of California at Berkeley, has coached masters, junior, and collegiate rowers. He is a life member of the Penn Athletic Club in Philadelphia and was inducted into the National Rowing Hall of Fame (Stoningham, CT) in January 1997.
A native of the Daytona Beach/Port Orange area, Coach Ashley began her love affair with rowing at the University of South Florida where she was an oarsman for three years while completing her Bachelor in Secondary Education. She has been teaching in the Volusia County School system since 2013 with a focus on social studies and now shares her love of crew by teaching young scholar athletes the finer techniques of the sport. Coach Ashley leads the HRA Middle School Rowing Team and coaches/rows with the HRA Masters crew.
Coach Mesha comes to HRA from the University of Texas at Austin where she was an oarswoman for two years. Surgery sidelined her training for Nationals but after a successful recovery, she’s back in the boat as a Coach and Masters rower! When she’s not at the boathouse, Coach Mesha works with Harvest Interventions as a Behavioral Therapist. She earned her BSW at UT Austin and was a Daniels Fund Scholar, a four-year scholarship awarded to individuals who exhibit exceptional character, leadership and a commitment to serving their communities.