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In her third season as an assistant coach with the Tulane swimming and diving program is Sarah Woodbury. Since joining the Green Wave for the start of the 2013-14 season, Woodbury has made an impact on the team’s sprinters with stroke technique and unique training methods. In addition to her on-deck duties, she is also responsible for directing team travel, managing equipment and apparel budgets, coordinating recruiting, alumni affairs and directing dryland training.
Woodbury has been instrumental in the team’s recruiting efforts and the incoming talent over the last two years has helped Tulane show steady improvement from a sixth-place finish at the 2014 Conference USA Championship to a fourth-place showing a year later in the team’s initial venture into the American Athletic Conference. Along with the team’s improvement, Woodbury has helped the Green Wave rewrite the school record book as swimmers have set eight school records. Each of the records currently held by the current swimmers came last year as Mia Schachter set Tulane marks in the 50 free (22.90), 100 free (49.49) and 100 breast (1:00.24), Holly Grender scribed her name atop the 200 free (1:49.33), 200 back (1:59.62), 200 IM (2:03.67) and 400 IM (4:21.02) events, and Ellie Sills broke her own record in the 200 fly (1:59.73). Along the way, Schachter earned an invitation to participate in the 2015 NCAA Championship in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 breast to become the first Tulane individual to qualify for nationals since 2004. The Green Wave also set records in the 400 medley relay (3:42.09) and 800 free relay (7:19.22) during the 2014-15 season.
Woodbury's position at Tulane marks her fourth stint as a collegiate coach as she previously served as an assistant and interim head coach at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, in 2010-11, as an assistant coach at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, from 2011-12, and as an assistant at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, during the 2012-13 campaign.
Her collegiate coaching resume began at Southwestern University in July 2010 when she helped the Pirates establish nine school records, two national qualifiers, and the first All-American in school history. In addition to her college stops, Woodbury also served as head coach for the Huntington (West Virginia) Y Charleston Aquatic Team in 2012-13, head coach at Anderson Mill Swim Club from 2008-11 and youth coach for the North Shore Swim Club in Auckland, New Zealand from May through December 2008.
During her time at Stevens Institute where she assisted with both the men's and women's programs, Woodbury directed a middle distance group of 18 student-athletes and each posted personal-best times that season. Along the way, the women's team finished fifth at the 2012 Division III NCAA Championship while the men posted an 11th-place showing. A total of nine student-athletes claimed All-America honors, eight earned honorable-mention All-America distinction and Brittany Geyer won the national title in the 200 breast with a mark of 2:15.55.
With Marshall, Woodbury was instrumental in helping set or tie four school records as the team won five dual-meet competitions.
Following a stellar prep career at Westwood High and with the Circle C Swim Club where she earned NISCA All-America honors, Woodbury earned an athletic scholarship to BYU and was a four-year letterwinner from 2003-07. As a college student-athlete, she helped the Cougars claim four consecutive Mountain West Conference titles, claimed the Scholar Athlete Award each year and earned All-MWC recognition three times. Following her time in Provo, Utah, Woodbury trained with the New Zealand National Team in 2008.
A native of Austin, Texas, she completed her degree in advertising and marketing from BYU in 2007 and earned a master's in physical education from Texas State in 2010. Woodbury is currently pursuing a master’s degree in business administration from Tulane’s prestigious A.B. Freeman School of Business and is on pace to graduate in Spring 2017.