“Wendy's appointment comes after a national search that attracted a strong pool of candidates,” Sheehy said. “Her 20 years of successful Ivy League experience as a student-athlete, assistant coach and head coach will provide a wealth of knowledge and insight to benefit our athletes, coaches and her administrative colleagues. She will be difficult to replace as a coach, but will have a department-wide impact in her new role.”
Bordeau will serve as a member of the senior management team and have direct oversight of select varsity programs. Among other responsibilities, she will also work with the athletics and development staffs on special projects and events to enhance external support for women’s athletics programs.
“I’ve learned a lot in my years coaching here at Dartmouth and I’m excited to bring that perspective to the senior leadership team,” Bordeau said. “Coaching has been my passion for the past 16 years. I will miss the boathouse, but I’m eager to impact the department on a broader basis. I’m particularly excited to work with our women’s athletes and coaches to enhance their experience.”
Over the past nine years, Bordeau led the women's rowing team to three NCAA Championship appearances, beginning with the Varsity Eight in 2007. Two years later, she guided the Big Green to another NCAA Championship trip as the entire team qualified for the first time since 1998, then again in 2011. Over the five-year period from 2007-11, Bordeau had the Varsity Eight in the Grand Finals at Eastern Sprints four times, finishing as high as third in 2011.
Bordeau 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. Two-time All-American Emily Dreissigacker ’11 also competed on the U.S. U-23 National Team in both 2009 and 2010 as well, and Kathryn Twyman ’09 claimed gold at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in the lightweight women’s quad for Great Britain.
Bordeau will transition to her new position over the summer and will be on-board on a full-time basis by the middle of August. The national search for a new head coach for women’s rowing will begin immediately.