E book Ted: Excerpt from Chapter 3, ‘Ted the Tactician’ – Rowing Tales, Options and Interviews

The Ted E book is an enchanting assortment of motivational, heartfelt, and sometimes humorous anecdotes from dozens of women and men who’ve been mentored or touched by legendary Olympic medal-winning rower and Olympic and College of Pennsylvania rowing coach Ted A. Nash (1932-2021). This full-color espresso desk ebook contains images and race plans, letters and speeches not often seen in a long time. The Ted ebook is by Sean Colgan, whom Nash coached for fourteen years by means of Penn and eight nationwide groups and the Olympics. “Ted was by no means ‘only a coach’; he was a males’s coach,” Colgan says.

To many, Nash was legendary for his energy, technique and brutality, however he was additionally a father determine, a crew participant and champion of the underdog; The ebook Ted explores all these qualities: This excerpt is from Chapter 3: “Ted the Tactician.”

Bob Aspaseth – Olympics ’84

We gained the 1986 World Championship in Nottingham 4th due to a giant listing of not less than twenty circumstances that each one got here collectively. First, let me say that if the West Germans (the defending world champions we beat by 6 inches) knew how briskly we have been, they’d beat us. They have been the higher crew. We have been fortunate to have them within the heats and semi-finals. All we wished to do was transfer ahead. We led the primary 1000 meters, however then we allow them to go us.

This is the place Ted is available in. Throughout the conferences, all 5 of us had a say and agreed on every race plan, so we knew within the closing what we have been doing at every stage of the race. As a substitute of dictating or making an attempt to pressure issues, Ted listened and labored to create a race plan that everybody had a voice in figuring out. It was an fascinating course of and made us totally dedicated.

The most important drawback we had in 1986 was that we did not run collectively internationally. The most important benefit we had as a ship was that we did not race collectively internationally (so no person actually knew what we may do).

If the Germans knew we may go on longer (and did not “know” within the second millennium), then they’d sort things and beat us. Every of them was larger than any of us. However, as in poker, we did not present them our playing cards till the tip.

Stuart Thorn – Penn ’78

It was Ted’s custom the day after the annual Madeira Cup with Cornell in Ithaca that the crew would run stadiums. The Schoelkopf Stadium was curved on the high, so the longest set of stairs was within the center. And that is precisely the place he put the college. The JV, third varsity, freshman and sophomore groups have been lined up on either side. Everybody needed to run on the similar tempo, so the college had many extra steps to cowl in the identical interval. For the entire crew, however particularly for the varsity, it was a ball-buster follow. It was lower than every week earlier than the Nationwide Championships and our largest race of the yr, and proper after we had simply had a full race. Not letting up right here.

Carter Harrison – Penn ’79

Ted was recognized for precision past what could possibly be calculated in mortality evaluation. I bear in mind listening to him instruct officers when his launch went off to at least one aspect of our boat, a place from which it may be tough to evaluate the course of a shell. Ted would give the cops exact steering instructions, normally half a level.

About fifteen years in the past Benny Binyamin skilled within the nationwide crew. He emailed me a video of a part of the follow, and his solely directions have been to ensure the amount was turned up. I clicked on the video. He rowed a straight pair. Above the launch engine glider, I heard a well-known voice name, “Harrison.” I used to be instantly taken again to the Schuylkill. I felt as if Ted was about to present me instructions – and I puzzled if I used to be falling on the finish. I sat up straight in my desk chair. After that, Ted continued his directions to Benjamin: “Steer one and a half levels to the harbor.”

Among the many many tales my kids heard from me after they have been rising up, fairly a number of rowing days with Ted. After I responded to Benjamin’s e-mail to let him know I appreciated the video and heard Ted’s voice, he replied, “I assumed perhaps you have been exaggerating about him, however he is precisely what you mentioned.”

Steve Christiansen – Penn ’79

It was 1979, our final yr. Our varsity outcomes weren’t nice: we beat Princeton at first after which misplaced each race after that. Our final race towards Cornell provided a chance to finish the season with a win. As captain, I used to be assigned the bunk subsequent to Ted within the athletic dorms, a single room full of twenty bunk beds. I by no means centered on how frantic Ted was together with his yellow pads, pens, and fixed tinkering. He had a big, imprecise handwriting, and his feedback have been so direct and critical that if you received one it was a factor to be cherished. The massive man took a while to consider you.

Ted sat on his bunk and took notes all night time. He even had a headlamp that he would activate to write down one thing else. If he slept in any respect, he will need to have dozed off, however I by no means noticed it. The following day we gained by a few foot, and naturally we ran up the stadium steps afterwards, within the nice Penn custom. I’ve by no means encountered anybody since with Ted’s vitality and enthusiasm.

Kurt Kaufman – Penn ’72

I used to be one among a handful to row for Ted all 4 years at Penn, as our freshman yr coincided with Ted’s closing yr as head coach. Ted Beppen’s true genius was his recruiting skills. The person can promote the proverbial fridge to an Eskimo. I attended a Catholic highschool simply exterior the town limits of Detroit. Nobody ever went to Penn, or another Ivy League faculty for that matter; So far as I do know, nobody even went to highschool on the East Coast.

In the future our admissions supervisor confirmed me a letter from Ted. To at the present time I do not understand how he discovered my faculty: it was lengthy earlier than computer systems and databases. The letter requested if the AD had any appropriate candidates to ship to Penn to row. Our highschool didn’t have a rowing program. I’ve by no means even heard of rowing.

The AD requested if I used to be , and I used to be to say the least. In the summertime of ’67, there weren’t so peaceable demonstrations in Detroit, in addition to in a number of different cities throughout the nation. I may hear gunshots from my home. We have been in darkish situations at night time and have been instructed to avoid the home windows. Earlier than the chance to go to Penn got here up, I used to be planning to go to the College of Detroit.

I did a campus go to, and Ted was nonetheless . My grades weren’t that good and I wasn’t an all-state athlete. Ted will need to have had some attraction within the admissions division and noticed one thing he favored in me.

My recruitment story isn’t distinctive. The Penn crew was doing fairly nicely earlier than Ted got here on the scene, however as soon as he took command of the recruiting duties, it skyrocketed. 4 of the 9 folks in our ’72 IRA champion boat didn’t row in highschool. We used to name ourselves “instantaneous paddlers”: all you needed to do was add water and Ted.

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