Club 420 Executive Director
John joined us as the Executive Director of the Club 420 Association in 2013. John is also entering his ninth year Head as Head Coach of the Stanford University Sailing Team. Prior to his tenure at Stanford, John was head coach at the United States Naval Academy for two seasons (2006-08) and began collegiate coaching at St. Mary's College of Maryland (2003-06), spending three years as an assistant coach.
John’s training and experience in youth sailing is top-notch, as he not only has a U.S. Sailing Level 3 Coach Certification (the highest advanced coaching level offered by the national organization) but is also a certified instructor trainer. For several years, Vandemoer has traveled to nation coaching junior sailing clinics at the highest level. For his efforts, Vandemoer received the Captain Joe Prosser Award for excellence in sail training. Vandemoer was also awarded the Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal for his efforts in rescuing many dinghy sailors that were caught in the vicious winds of a Chicago cold front.
John is often praised for his commitment, patience and attention to detail when it comes to supporting his team. However, one characteristic is the most essential: his excitement in getting out on the water and interacting with the sailors.
John graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2000 with a degree in geochemistry. As a member of the Hobart and William Smith varsity sailing team, he helped the team to consistent top-three rankings including a fourth-place showing at team racing nationals and a second at the dinghy nationals.