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John Vandemoer enters his fifth year at Stanford as sailing head coach in 2012. During his tenure, Stanford has reached the national championships in all three divisions in each of his four seasons, finishing as high as eighth in coed racing (2012), 12th in women's racing (2009) and seventh in the team race (2009). All said and done, Vandemoer's Stanford squads have won 11 of 12 spring conference crowns in the Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference.
In 2012, Vandemoer produced his first set of Cardinal All-Americans - Kevin Laube, Oliver 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.
Top Finishes Under Vandemoer
|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|
|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|