Jennifer (Jorgensen) Dempsey returns to Wheaton College for her third year as the Lyons diving coach in the 2015-16 season, after having assisted the diving program on a voluntary basis for several years. Dempsey has had the opportunity to coach current Wheaton school record holders for both men's and women's diving. Her divers have earned NEWMAC and ECAC Diver of the Week awards as she strives to improve on each individual diver's performance on a yearly basis.
Dempsey brings many years of collegiate, high school and youth coaching experiences to the pool. She currently holds diving coach positions at several local high school programs in Massachusetts, including Ursuline Academy, Mansfield, Norton and King Philip. She has coached novice divers to the divisional and state championship qualifying levels over the course of a short high school season for several years. Dempsey has also served as an assistant diving coach for three seasons at Boston College (1982-1985) and earlier in her career, coached youth and high school summer camps at Cornell University, West Point and Tuxedo Park, N.Y.
A member of Cornell University’s Big Red swimming and diving program from 1978-1981, coached by Olympian Rick Gilbert, Dempsey earned top three finishes in both the one-meter and three-meter dives at the Ivy League Championships and had the opportunity to coach alongside Gilbert every summer in college.
Dempsey excelled on the diving board at the high school level claiming All-America honors at Middletown High School (N.Y.), where she held the school's diving record for over 30 years. Training primarily at West Point with the help of the Army coaching staff, she was the first two-time New York State Girl's Section 9 diving champion and placed in the top three at the New York State Championships two years running. She continued her life-long enthusiasm for competitive swimming by racing regularly in various swim events for her high school team, winning a sectional title, competing at the state championships on her medley relay team and holding the school backstroke records for several years.
After graduating from Cornell, Dempsey received her law degree from Boston College Law School in 1985. After a 25-year career as a corporate attorney in New York City and the Boston area, she has returned over the past several years to the swimming and diving world. She is a member of AAU Diving and holds coaching and safety certifications.
Dempsey is a mom of two children who were both collegiate athletes. Her and her family’s golden retriever are a certified dog-therapy team, serving several Massachusetts communities.