Noel Wanner
Noel Wanner
Title: Director of Rowing / Head Women's Coach
Phone: 802-922-0179

Noel Wanner was named Director of Rowing at Tufts University in January 2015, after seven years leading the rowing program at Middlebury College. He is also the head coach of the Tufts women's rowing team. Both the men's and women's programs have made great strides in recent years under Coach Wanner, who is now in his seventh season at Tufts.

In 2019, the Tufts men placed fifth in the grand final at the New England Rowing Championships (NERC) for their highest finish at the event since 1992. The Jumbos won their five-team heat that day, edging eights from UMass and Boston College to earn a spot in the grand final for the third straight year. For the women, the Jumbos’ second varsity eight finished as the runner-up at the 2019 National Invitation Rowing Championships (NIRC), trailing only eventual national champion Bates College in the grand final. Tufts narrowly missed qualifying for NCAAs and finished with a #11 national ranking in the U.S. Rowing / College Rowing Coaches Association poll. 

The rowers recruited to Tufts by Coach Wanner and his staff also excel in the classroom. Through the end of the 2019-20 academic year, the women have achieved a 3.51 cumulative grade point average and the men carry a 3.50 mark. Twenty members of the men’s and women’s teams combined earned NESCAC All-Academic Team honors last spring with GPA’s of 3.50 or better.

In 2015, Wanner's first women's team at Tufts earned a berth to compete in the NCAA first varsity eight championship and placed sixth.

Wanner learned to row at Wesleyan University and went on to compete for the U.S. National Team in 1992 and 1993.  As a rower and sculler, Wanner has won multiple national championships at the senior, elite and masters level.  During the summer, he serves as the associate director of the renowned Craftsbury Sculling Center in northern Vermont.