Having completed nine seasons as the head coach of Dartmouth women's crew from 2005-14, Wendy Bordeau returns in the fall of 2017 to lead the a Big Green squad she has already taken to three 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) and again in 2011.
During her first stint at the helm of the program, Bordeau 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.
Bordeau has mentored several standout Dartmouth rowers, including Anne Kennedy '07 and Kate Davison '07 who won gold medals with Team USA at the U-23 World Championships in 2006. Kathryn Twyman '09 has rowed for the Great Britain National Team, claiming gold at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in the lightweight women's quad, and Emily Dreissigacker '11 competed on the U.S. U-23 National Team in both 2009 and 2010.
For the last three years (2014-17), Bordeau served the athletics department as a senior associate athletics director, directly overseeing 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.
The Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges (EAWRC) Novice Coach of the Year in 2002, Bordeau 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, Bordeau 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, Bordeau 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. Bordeau 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, Bordeau won the Leslie K. Johnson Memorial Award for outstanding senior thesis work in 1998. She lives in Vermont with her husband, Topher Bordeau, the former Dartmouth men's heavyweight crew head coach.