Onufrieff joins the DA community after a 20+ year coaching career. Most recently, she served as an assistant coach at the Baylor School in Chattanooga, TN, and with the Asheville Youth Rowing Association in Asheville, NC. At Baylor, her girls’ varsity four raced to its highest-ever finish at the 2016 SRAA Championship.
Before coaching in high school, Onufrieff spent three years as assistant coach at Clemson University. Her varsity 4+ won an ACC Championship in 2012. Previous to that, she spent seven years as the head women’s rowing coach at Columbia University. During her time with the Lions, Columbia achieved its first ever team national ranking, finishing as high as 19th in 2010.
Prior to Columbia, she spent six years as the head women's rowing coach at Cornell. Her 2002 varsity eight earned a trip to the NCAA Championships, finished 14th and garnered Onufrieff CRCA Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year honors.
Onufrieff also spent two years as an assistant coach at Princeton, where her first novice eight took the silver medal at the 1997 Eastern Sprints and gold in 1998, earning EAWRC Novice Coach of the Year for the latter. Onufrieff began her coaching career at Rutgers, where her first novice eight won a silver medal at the Eastern Sprints and she was also voted the EAWRC Novice Coach of the Year.
Onufrieff spent the summers of 2001, 2006, 2007 and 2008 as an assistant coach with the United States National Rowing Team. She was in charge of the silver medal winning 4- in 2008 at the Senior World Rowing Championships in Linz, Austria and the Gold Medal winning Under 23 Women's 4X in Strathclyde, Scotland in 2007.
A native of Berkeley, CA, Onufrieff was a four-year letter winner from the University of Pennsylvania. She was a two-year rowing captain, and was twice selected for the Hope Barnes Memorial Award for Excellence in Rowing. She also twice earned selection to the Academic All-Ivy League Team. Onufrieff graduated from Penn in 1994 with a B.A. in biology.
Sam joins the Deerfield Faculty as a Penn Fellow after graduating with honors in History at Williams College in 2015. At Williams, Sam wrote "'The Mecca of a Thousand Noble Aspirations:' The Struggle for Freedom in New Bern, NC 1862-1866," an undergraduate thesis on Wartime Reconstruction in coastal NC, which received the Robert Dalzell Prize for primary research. Sam walked on to the crew team at Williams, rowing all four years and serving as co- captain his senior year. In addition to athletics, he sang in an a cappella group and worked as a teaching assistant for the history department. A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Sam cultivates his southern roots through his passions for basketball, barbecue, and the blues.
Sam has served as an assistant coach for the boys cross country and rowing teams at Deerfield since joining the faculty in 2016. The lower boats have enjoyed success during his tenure, including several gold and silver medals in the 3V and 4V level. Before Deerfield, Sam coached the novice boys rowers at the Hun School of Princeton, who in 2016 earned silver at the PSRA City Championship, gold at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship, and silver at the MAPL championship. Sam rowed for the Dartmouth lightweights and captained the team his senior year. These days, Sam enjoys staying fit by running the beautiful trails in the Deerfield area.