July 14, 2011

Christine Glandorf ‘09 Named Assistant Coach

Helped Bulldogs Varsity Eight To Two NCAA Titles; Served As Rowing Coach At Greenwich Academy

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Christine Glandorf '09 had tremendous success as a student and rower at Yale. Two years after graduating, she is returning as an assistant coach to help ensure that the next generation of Yale rowers has a similar positive experience.

"Christine is a tremendous addition to our coaching staff," said Yale head coach Will Porter. "Her positive energy and intensity are going to be a shot in the arm that our program needs. I anticipate her being a tireless recruiter. She is a Yale graduate, loves Yale and is excited about the challenge of bringing the best student athletes in the world to New Haven."

"I am tremendously enthusiastic about this sport and the benefits it can have for student athletes, physically, mentally and emotionally," Glandorf said. "I am so excited to help our student athletes excel both on and off the water in their time at Yale. In a lot of ways I want to `pay forward' the lessons I learned as a rower and student at Yale, helping a new generation achieve even greater success."

Glandorf was a four-year letterwinner and sat in the bow seat of the varsity eight for three years, helping the Bulldogs to a pair of NCAA titles. In her sophomore year, Yale went undefeated, winning both the Ivy League and NCAA crowns. The Bulldogs repeated as NCAA champions in her junior year and won the Ivy League title again in her senior year. She also helped Yale win the 2009 Women's Henley Elite Eight championship in a course record time and finish second to the British National Team in the Remenham Cup at the 2009 Royal Henley Regatta.

Glandorf excelled in the classroom at Yale as well. She was a three-time CRCA Scholar Athlete and earned Academic All-Ivy and Academic All-District I second team honors as a senior.

"I think my Yale experience is one of my greatest assets," Glandorf said. "I was so lucky to row with some of the best athletes in the world and learn from the best coaches in the country (Will Porter, Kate Maloney and Jamie Snider). I intimately understand the challenges and joys of being a student athlete. I hope to use my unique perspective to help our athletes make the most of their time at Yale."

For the last two years, Glandorf has been the rowing coach at Greenwich Academy where she guided the program to its first ever varsity and second varsity gold medals at the New England Championships. In her first season, the varsity eight reached the grand final at the NEIRA Championship for only the second time in school history. Last fall she guided the varsity four to a sixth-place finish at the Head of the Charles, and in the spring, the varsity and second varsity fours were both undefeated in the NEIRA and finished first in their divisions at the NEIRA Championship, winning the school's first-ever championship medals.

"As an athlete Christine is a two-time national champion, and as a coach she led her team to the NEIRA championship for the first time in history. In short, she knows how to win," Porter said.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity