Samantha Sarff is in her second season as an assistant coach at Clemson in 2015-2016. She previously a two-year stint at Nova Southeastern University, under Stephen Frazier Wong.
Sarf's first season (2014-15) with the Tigers was a success. Clemson rowers compiled a program-record 3.4 team GPA and placed eight on the All-ACC Academic Team. Seven rowers were named CRCA National Scholar Athletes, while Samantha Duggan and Milena Heuer earned All-ACC and all-region honors.
At NSU, Sarff coached the varsity 4+ boats and the novice team while also serving as the program’s recruiting coordinator. In her two seasons at NSU, she helped the Sharks win the NCAA Division II National Championship and a national runner-up finish.
Prior to her time at Nova Southeastern, Sarff coached at the University of Florida for the club team during the 2011-2012 season. She coached the women’s novice team with her sister, Krystina Sarff who is currently an assistant coach with the women’s rowing team at Michigan, to a No. 3 national club ranking. During that season, the program’s novice 8+ placed fourth in the grand final of the SIRA Championships and first place at the FIRA Championships.
Sarff rowed collegiately at the University of Central Florida and served as captain from 2008-2010. She was co-president of the student-athlete advisory committee (SAAC) in 2008-2009 and was a CRCA National Scholar-Athlete.
While in college, Sarff attended the U.S. National Team Identification camp at Princeton University, U.S. Freshmen Development camp at the University of Wisconsin, and was invited to U.S. Pre-Elite training camp. Additionally, she trained with Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia, PA and competed at U.S. Club Nationals and Canadian Henley in 2009.
Sarff earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from UCF in 2010 and a master’s degree in athletic administration from Nova Southeastern in 2014.