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John Vandemoer
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Hobart and William Smith ('00)
Experience: 8 Years

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John Vandemoer has taken Stanford sailing to new heights, and looks to continue to do so during the 2014-15 season, his seventh on The Farm.

During his tenure, Stanford has reached the national championships in all three divisions in each of his six seasons, finishing as high as fourth in coed racing (2014), fifth in women's racing (2013) and third in the team race (2014). All said and done, Vandemoer's Stanford squads have won 17 of 18 spring conference crowns in the Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference.

Stanford swept conference titles during the fall and spring seasons during the 2013-14 season and finished the year with program-best finishes at nationals in coed racing (fourth) and team race (third). The Cardinal swept the PCCSC team, coed and women's championship for the fifth consecutive year.

The Cardinal garnered the most All-America honors in program history with six earning awards. Kieran Chung was named a coed All-American and was joined by Kevin Laube who received honorable mention honors. Yuri Namikawa and Carolyn Ortel earned crew All-American awards, while Sarah Mace and Molly McKinney notched women's accolades. 

Stanford's coed squad achieved the first No. 1 ranking in program history for the Cardinal in 2013 after taking home its first-ever win at ICSA National Championship semifinals. The team went on to finish sixth at the ICSA National Championship.

Stanford competed at all three spring national championships, finishing fifth in women's racing and sixth in team racing.

Even more, three Stanford sailors claimed ICSA All-America honors. Oliver Toole was named an All-American skipper for the Cardinal, and Kelly Ortel and Haley Kirk were named All-American crew. The trio helped Stanford earn each of the three PCCSC spring titles for a second straight season.

Stanford wrapped up the fall season by winning the PCCSC singlehanded, dinghy and coed crowns. The program boasted a pair of top-six finishers on the men's side of the ICSA Singlehanded Championship for its best finish at the event since 2006.

In 2012, Vandemoer produced his first set of Cardinal All-Americans - Kevin Laube, Toole, Kelly Ortel and Sally Mace - as the Cardinal finished eighth in both team and coed sailing. That same season, the Cardinal won all six fall and spring crowns (men's and women's singlehanded, match, spring coed, spring women's and spring team racing), a first for the any member of the conference.

In 2011 and 2010, Stanford was one of just eight teams nationally to compete at all three national championships, doing so for the third straight season. The Cardinal also swept past the PCCSC field by winning the coed, team and women's championships in 2010 and 2011.

In 2008-09, the Cardinal won four of the six district championships and qualified for all three spring nationals, the only PCCSC team to do so.

Before arriving on The Farm, Vandemoer was head coach at the United States Naval Academy for two seasons (2006-08). It was there that he led the Midshipmen to five national championship appearances in two seasons - each year in the team and women's races and the 2007 coed division - after serving as the assistant coach in the fall of 2006.

In 2007, Navy not only served as the host school but also made its first national championship appearance in 12 years. The women finished fourth, the team finished seventh and the coed sailors were ninth.

The 2008 campaign saw the Navy squad place sixth while the women were 11th nationally. Vandemoer's team won the women's Mid-Atlantic Conference title in 2008 and were runners-up in 2007. The team also finished third three times (2007 in coed and team, 2008 in team racing).

Vandemoer began collegiate coaching at national power St. Mary's College of Maryland (2003-06), spending three years as an assistant coach. In 2004, St. Mary's won the team championship and in 2006 the Atlantic Coast conference championship.

Vandemoer's training is top-notch, as he not only has a U.S. Sailing Level 3 Coach Certification (the highest advanced coaching level offered by the national organization) but is also a certified instructor trainer. For several years, Vandemoer has traveled to nation coaching junior sailing clinics at the highest level. For his efforts, Vandemoer received the Captain Joe Prosser Award for excellence in sail training. Vandemoer was also awarded the Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal for his efforts in rescuing many dinghy sailors that were caught in the vicious winds of a Chicago cold front.

Vandemoer is often praised for his commitment, patience and attention to detail when it comes to supporting his team. However, one characteristic is the most essential: his excitement in getting out on the water and interacting with the sailors.

Vandemoer graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2000 with a degree in geochemistry. As a member of the Hobart and William Smith varsity sailing team, he helped the team to consistent top-three rankings including a fourth-place showing at team racing nationals and a second at the dinghy nationals.

Vademoer's wife, Molly O'Bryan Vandemoer, is a member of the U.S. Sailing Team and competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics in the Elliott 6m class with Anna Tunnicliffe and Deborah Capozzi, placing fifth overall.


Top Finishes Under Vandemoer

Conference Coed Women Team
2007 - Mid Atlantic 3rd 2nd 3rd
2008 - Mid Atlantic 9th 1st 3rd
2009 - PCCSC 3rd 1st 1st
2010 - PCCSC 1st 1st 1st
2011 - PCCSC 1st 1st 1st
2012 - PCCSC 1st 1st 1st
2013 - PCCSC 1st 1st 1st
2014 - PCCSC 1st 1st 1st

Nationals Coed Women Team
2007 - Navy 9th 4th 7th
2008 - Navy -- 6th 11th
2009 - Stanford 15th 12th 7th
2010 - Stanford 18th 13th 9th
2011 - Stanford 13th 14th 8th
2012 - Stanford 8th 13th

8th

2013 - Stanford 6th 5th 6th
2014 - Stanford 4th 12th 3rd
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