Jennifer (Jorgensen) Dempsey returns to Wheaton College as the Lyons diving coach for both the men’s and women’s programs in 2014-15, after having assisted the diving program on a voluntary basis for several seasons.
Dempsey brings many years of collegiate, high school and youth coaching experience to the pool. She most recently held diving coach positions at several local high school programs in Massachusetts, including Sharon, Norton and Mansfield, bringing several novice divers to divisional and state championship qualifying levels over the course of a very short high school season. Dempsey also served as an assistant diving coach for three seasons at Boston College (1982-1985) and coached youth and high school summer camps at Cornell University (1977-1981), West Point (1980-1982), and Tuxedo Park, N.Y. (1983).
A member of Cornell University’s Big Red swimming and diving program from 1978-1981, Dempsey was coached by an Olympian and earned top-3 finishes in both the one-meter and three-meter dives at the Ivy League Championships.
Dempsey also excelled on the diving board at the high school level claiming All-America honors at Middletown High School. Training primarily at West Point with the help of the Army coaching staff, she was a two-time New York State Section 9 diving champion and placed in the top-3 at the New York State Championships two years in a row.
After graduating from Cornell in just three years, Dempsey went on to receive a law degree from Boston College Law School in 1985. After a 25-year career as a corporate attorney, she has returned over the past several years to her real passion in the swimming and diving world. A preschool swimming teacher several days a week, she is also a member of AAU Diving and holds numerous coaching and safety certifications, and she and her family’s golden retriever Jack are a certified dog-therapy team, serving several Massachusetts communities.
Dempsey has two children who are collegiate athletes. She resides in nearby Mansfield with her husband and dog.