Rachel Sander has joined the Tennessee rowing staff as an assistant coach.
She comes to Tennessee after two years as an assistant rowing coach at Nova Southeastern University. She helped NSU to a Sunshine State Conference Championship in 2012, a 2012 NCAA appearance, and the 2013 NCAA Division II Championship.
“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,” said Lady Vols coach Lisa Glenn in a UT release.
Sander is filling the opening left by Erika Twedt, who left to pursue other opportunities. Sander’s salary was not included in the release
“It is a tremendous honor to be joining Lisa Glenn and the coaching staff at the University of Tennessee,” Sander said. “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 program.
Prior to that job, Sander served two years 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.
Sander is a 2004 graduate from Miami with a bachelor’s degree in history and marine affairs. She earned a master’s in sport administration.
Sander joins fellow assistant Sarah Arms on Glenn’s staff.