The University of Tennessee Head Rowing Coach Lisa Glenn announced on Thursday that Rachel Sander has accepted the position of assistant coach for the rowing program.
"We are excited about welcoming Rachel to our coaching staff," said Glenn, who is entering her 15th season as the head coach of the rowing program. "Her background, both as an athlete and staff member in two successful programs, will help our team and make her a valued addition to the Tennessee program."
Sander joins Glenn as part of the Big Orange staff after serving a two-year stint as an assistant rowing coach at Nova Southeastern University. During her time at NSU she helped the squad to a Sunshine State Conference Championship in 2012, a 2012 NCAA appearance, and the 2013 NCAA Division II Championship.
"It is a tremendous honor to be joining Lisa Glenn and the coaching staff at the University of Tennessee," said Sander. "I am thrilled to be working with such a well-respected program that also has a strong tradition of success. I look forward to contributing to the student-athletes' overall experience, while also encouraging them to achieve their goals and top speed on the water."
Sander spent five seasons as the director of women's basketball operations for the University of Miami. Sander's varied responsibilities included managing the day-to-day operations of the women's basketball program, scheduling practices, coordinating team travel and managing community and donor relations.
Prior to this position, Sander served a two-year shift as the rowing coordinator with Miami's women's rowing program.
Sander was a four-time letter winner with the Miami rowing team from 2000-2004 and served as a co-captain during her senior year. She helped the team to a program-best runner-up finish at the 2004 BIG EAST Championships. Sander was a member of the first place Women's Club 8+ at the Head of the Chattahoochee in 2003, at which Miami also took home the total points trophy. During her career at Miami, Sander received a rowing scholarship and was a Henry King Stanford Academic Scholarship recipient.
A 2004 graduate from the University of Miami, Sander earned her Bachelor's Degree in both history and marine affairs and in 2008, Sander graduated with a Master's of Science in Education in sport administration.