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Head Coach Jennifer Sanford-Wendry

Jennifer Sanford-Wendry is in her 11th season as the head coach of the University of Connecticut rowing program in 2007-08.  She was named rowing coach in the fall of 1997 when women’s rowing became a varsity sport at UConn.

Sanford led the team to its most successful season yet in 2005. The team won the points trophy at the Dad Vail Championship as the varsity eight won, the junior varsity eight finished second, and the novice eight finished third.

In 2005 the team also finished fourth at the BIG EAST Championship – its highest finish ever at that event.  The second varsity eight, novice eight, and novice four all finished third, while the varsity eight placed fifth, and the varsity four was sixth.

In 2004, Sanford saw the UConn junior varsity eight win the Dad Vail Championship.

Prior to coming to UConn, Sanford was the novice women’s coach at the University of Pennsylvania, where she led the Quaker novice eight to the finals of the Eastern Sprints. In 1996 and 1997, she was the United States Junior National Development Team coach.

Sanford, a 1993 graduate of Syracuse University, has been associated with rowing her entire life. She began rowing when she was seven years old and had her first race in a single when she was 10. Her coaching career began at age 16, when she began coaching youth programs for the Syracuse Chargers Rowing Club. After graduating from college, Sanford taught elementary school for three years while coaching the Liverpool High School women’s crew. In 1995, her Liverpool High School senior eight won the Scholastic Rowing Association National Championship.

In addition to her coaching responsibilities at UConn, she is a member of the Female Athlete Performance Committee. Sanford is also involved with the Riverfront Recapture rowing program in Hartford, Conn. as a summer camp coach.

Sanford comes from a large coaching family. Her father, Bill Sanford, retired in 2002 after coaching the men’s crew at Syracuse University for 37 years. Sister Kris is the head women’s rowing coach at Syracuse. At Marist College, her cousin Tom Sanford is the Director of Rowing.

Sanford resides in Coventry, Conn. with her husband Brian, sons Will and Wyatt and dog Libby.

 “Being the head coach of the University of Connecticut women’s rowing team has been tremendously rewarding.  I have had the opportunity to see the team grow each year.  We ask our student-athletes for three characteristics when they become a member of our program…positive attitude, positive effort and coachability.  When those characteristics are present great things happen.  Part of our programs success can be attributed to our support staff.  Amanda Kimball, our strength and conditioning coach, plays a major part in developing creative yet challenging workouts for our winter training program.  Our academic advisor Becky Taylor offers the support needed to accomplish our academic goals, as shown buy our continued success in the classroom. Of most importance, being a member of the UConn rowing team means being a part of a second family, a family that helps you through thick and thin during your college experience and creates friendships that last a lifetime.” -- Jennifer Sanford-Wendry


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