Jennifer (Jorgensen) Dempsey returns to Wheaton College for her fifth year as the Lyons diving coach in 2017-18. Under her guidance, the Wheaton divers have earned NEWMAC and ECAC Diver of the Week awards, and every Wheaton diver she has coached has captured a spot in Wheaton's all-time top scores on both one and three-meter, for both six and 11 dives, including ten top-three finishes.
Dempsey brings many years of collegiate, high school and youth coaching experiences to the pool. She has coached several novice high school divers to the divisional and state championship qualifying levels over the course of a short high school season. She 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 a top three finish on both one-meter and three-meter at the Ivy League Championships and had the opportunity to coach alongside Gilbert each 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 by 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.
Dempsey is a mom of two children who were both collegiate athletes. Along with her family’s golden retriever, she serves a number of Massachusetts communities as a certified dog-therapy team.