Rowing, Coed: Novice

  • 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.

  • Spencer graduated from Princeton University in 2005 with a degree in History. While at Princeton, he was a member of the heavyweight rowing team and served as the team captain during his senior year. After Princeton, Spencer spent two years working at the Hun School of Princeton, where he was a History teacher and the assistant director of Residential Life. He was also the head coach of the girls rowing program. In the fall of 2007, Spencer returned to Princeton as the assistant coach of the lightweight rowing program and spent two years with that group. In his second year, he helped the Varsity 8+ to championship wins at the Eastern Sprints, the IRA National Championships as well as at the Henley Royal Regatta in England. Spencer transitioned to the heavyweight squad where he was the assistant coach for five years, and he coached four crews to silver medals at the Eastern Sprints and twice had crews earn medals at the IRA National Championships.

    Over the past four years, Spencer and the boys' rowing program have continue to build upon the already successful history of rowing at Deerfield Academy.  In the spring of 2015, the boys' first varsity 4+ won the NEIRA Championships and followed that up with a bronze medal finish at the US Rowing Youth National Championships.  Those results were matched in 2016 with another NEIRA championship in the boys' first varsity 4+ and another 3rd place result at the US Rowing Youth National Championships. 

    In 2017, the team took a step forward as they won the NEIRA Team Championship, a first for boys at Deerfield.  This was accomplished on the strength of championship wins in the boys' first varsity 4+, as well as the third and fourth 4+s.  The boys' second 4+ earned a bronze medal to help secure the Team Championship.  The boys' first 4+ returned to the US Rowing Youth National Championships and, after three years of finishing 3rd, brought home the national title, the second National Championship for the boys (their first was won in 2012).

    2018 saw the boys' rowing team repeat at NEIRA Team Champions with wins in the first, third, and fourth varsity 4+s, to go along with a silver in the second varsity 4+.  The first varsity 4+ also repeated as US Rowing Youth National Champions, the third national title for the program.

    Spencer resides in New Dorm with his wife, Megan, and their three boys, Caden, Teague and Ryan.

  • 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 graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 2010, where he earned varsity distinctions in cross country, indoor track, and rowing, captained his senior track season, and won the MVP trophy as a senior rower. Sam went on to row on Dartmouth's lightweight team and served as team captain during his senior year. Sam rowed in the first varsity eight all three of his eligible seasons and won silver medals at the 2012 Eastern Sprints and IRA Championships and a bronze at the 2013 Eastern Sprints. In 2014, he won the Big Green Oar, awarded to the MVP of the lightweights. Sam graduated in 2014 with a degree in English and Classical Languages. After graduating, Sam spent two years teaching at the Hun School of Princeton where he coached the novice boys crew and head coached the cross country teams. In 2016, the Hun novice boys won silver at the PSRA City Championship, gold at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship, and silver at the MAPL championship. At Deerfield, Sam lives in Field dorm, teaches English and coaches both boys cross-country and crew.