Now entering her eighth season as the head coach of Dartmouth women's crew,Wendy Levash has aleady led the Big Green to two NCAA Championship appearances, with the Varsity Eight making the field in 2007 and the entire team qualifying in 2009 for the first time since 1998.
Since arriving in 2005, Levash has guided the Dartmouth Varsity to two Grand Finals at Eastern Sprints, including a fifth-place finish in 2009. The 2007 squad took fifth at sprints and earned one of four at-large bids awarded to standout Varsity Eight boats. That boat surpassed expectations by taking second by just 0.42 seconds in the Petite Final for an eighth place overall finish out of 16 boats.
At Dartmouth, Levash has mentored several standout rowers including Anne Kennedy '07 and Kate Davison '07 who won gold medals with Team USA at the U-23 World Championships in 2006. Current rowers Kathryn Twyman '09 and Emily Dreissigacker '11 have been invited to U-23 National Team training camps this summer for Canada and the United States, Respectively.
The Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges (EAWRC) Novice Coach of the Year in 2002, Levash led her Princeton University freshman crews to undefeated seasons and gold medals at the Eastern Sprints in 2002 and 2004. Her 2003 freshmen captured a silver medal at the Sprints.
Prior to her stint with the Tigers, Levash spent three years molding the Cornell first novice eight into a championship crew. During her final season in Ithaca in 2001, she was named the EAWRC Novice Coach of the Year after leading her crew to an undefeated season and a gold medal at the Eastern Sprints.
A standout rower in her own right, Levash captained the 1998 Princeton crew. She won a gold medal at the Eastern Sprints in 1995 as a member of the first novice eight and struck gold again at the Sprints in 1997 as a member of the first varsity eight. Levash also competed in the first two NCAA championship regattas in 1997 and 1998.
A 1998 magna cum laude graduate of Princeton with a B.A. in ecology and evolutionary biology, Levash won the Leslie K. Johnson Memorial Award for outstanding senior thesis work in 1998. She lives in Vermont with her husband, Topher Bordeau, the Dartmouth men's heavyweight crew head coach.