Wendy Wilbur Joins Radcliffe Heavyweight Coaching Staff

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-Wendy Wilbur, former assistant coach at Boston College, has joined the Radcliffe heavyweight crew staff as the Black and White's coaching assistant, head coach Liz O'Leary announced Tuesday.

Wilbur served as the novice and assistant varsity coach for the Eagles.  During her four seasons at BC, she coordinated recruiting and successfully brought a number of walk-on and experienced freshman athletes up to the varsity level in their novice year. She also led the Eagles to some of their highest finishes in both the ACC Championships and Eastern Sprints and helped the program move into the new Harry Parker Boathouse.

She has also worked with the USRowing Under 23 Development Camp in Boston for the last three years and has helped develop and coach the Junior B Sculling Camp at Saratoga Rowing Association. Wilbur has also coached at the high school level, working the Charles River Rowing Camps and the Northeast Rowing Camps for several years running.

Prior to her coaching career, Wilbur trained with the U.S. National Team between 1997 and 2004.  She won gold at the 2003 World Championships, rowing in the four alongside Radcliffe Alum Caryn Davies '05.  She finished with a silver medal in the eight at the World Championships in 1998 and a bronze medal in the four at the World Championships a year later.  In addition to these medals, Wilbur finished sixth in 1997 in the eight, fifth in 2000 in the fourth, fourth in 2001 in the eight and fifth in 2002 in the four, all at World Championships regattas.

Wilbur has won the Head of the Charles twice, in the championship double in 1999, and in the championship eight in 2001.  She has also competed many times in the C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints World Indoor Rowing Championships, finishing sixth in 1996 and fourth in 1997 in the international open women's final.

Wilbur attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she competed in the inaugural NCAA Championships in 1997, finishing second.  She double-majored in communication and sociology and went on to earn a master's degree in labor studies from UMass.  She is currently working on a master's in administrative studies at Boston College.