“Three years ago, I was disappointed to lose Wendy as Dartmouth's head coach of women's rowing, but excited to add her experience and perspective to my senior management team,” Sheehy said. “Today, I am disappointed to lose a key member of the athletic administration, but thrilled to gain an outstanding head coach and mentor for our student-athletes. I always tell people to find success by following their passion, and that's exactly what Wendy is doing. We're lucky that Dartmouth Athletics will remain the beneficiary of her talent and expertise.”
As a Senior Associate Athletics Director, Bordeau served as a member of the senior management team and had direct oversight of 10 varsity programs. Among other responsibilities, she also worked with the athletics and development staffs on special projects and events to enhance external support for women's athletics programs.
“I want to thank and [Executive Associate Athletics Director] Brian Austin for supporting me throughout my time here and for giving me the opportunity to follow my passion for coaching,” Bordeau said. “While it will be tough to step away from the senior leadership team, I am thrilled to return to the boathouse and once again lead Dartmouth women's rowing. There is tremendous potential in this program; I can't wait to work with these women to see how fast we can go.”
During her first tenure at the helm of the women's rowing program, Bordeau led the 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. Prior to the creation of a separate Ivy League Championship, Bordeau had the Varsity Eight in the Grand Finals at Eastern Sprints four times in a five-year span (2007-11), finishing as high as third in 2011.
Bordeau 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.