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Jennifer Wendry
Jennifer  Wendry

Head Coach

alma Mater:
Syracuse '93


Rowing Concludes 2018 Season at AAC Championships

Third Varsity 8+ Takes Home Gold Medal.


AAC Championships Coming Up Saturday in Cherry Hill

Huskies Go Back to the Cooper River.


Rowing Competes in Eastern Sprints on Sunday

Second-Place Finish in Third Varsity 4+.


Eastern Sprints Coming Up for UConn

Final Race Before AAC Championship on May 12.


Rowing in Midseason Form at Cherry Hill

Four Second-Place Finishes.

Jennifer Wendry is in her 21st season as the head coach of the University of Connecticut rowing program in 2017-2018. She was named the head rowing coach in the fall of 1997 when women’s rowing became a varsity sport at UConn.

In 2014, she led UConn to a third place finish at the American Athletic Conference Championships at Mercer County Park.

Wendry led the team to its most successful season 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 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, Wendry saw the UConn junior varsity eight win the Dad Vail Championship.  In 2010, Wendry saw the UConn novice eight win the Dad Vail Championship.

Prior to coming to UConn, Wendry 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.

Wendry, 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, Wendry 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.

Wendry 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. Her sister Kris was the head women’s rowing coach at Syracuse from 1996 to 2010. At Marist College, her cousin Tom Sanford is the Director of Rowing and Head Women’s Coach.