DARTMOUTH, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Director of Athletics Amanda Van Voorhis has announced the hiring of Luke Hubert as the head coach of the Corsair sailing program upon the resignation of Jerry Jennings after six seasons at the helm.
“I welcome Luke to the staff in this new role,” said Van Voorhis. “He has been an invaluable asset to the program and our student-athletes since the beginning. His skill set and demeanor are attributes the program needs to grow.”
“Since starting UMass Dartmouth’s sailing program in 2011, Jerry built the team from the ground up, and leaves the program well positioned for the future,” stated Van Voorhis on Jennings. “The department appreciates his effort and patience it took to start a team, his dedication to developing relations within the local boating community, and for sharing his passion for the sport of sailing with his student-athletes.”
Hubert succeeds Jennings after serving as the program’s assistant coach since its inception in 2011, and has played a prominent role in extending the program to new heights in the past two seasons. In the spring of 2016, the Corsairs picked up three-straight top-10 finishes in New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA) competition, culminating in an eighth-place finish in the 20-boat fleet at the Savin Hill Central regatta. This past May, UMass Dartmouth concluded its year with a second-place team finish at the Wesleyan Invitational following a race victory by senior Michaela Carrier (Richmond, R.I.) and sophomore Isabel Rombult (Boxford, Mass.).
Hubert is an active figure in the local sailing community, working as a senior instructor at the Community Boating Center in New Bedford, Mass. Since 2006, he has coached and mentored young sailors through the CBC’s outreach programs. From 2010-12, Hubert served as the CBC’s Program Manager, responsible for hiring and training staff and managing all adult and private lessons.
A 2011 alumnus of the University of Connecticut, Hubert is the lead preschool teacher at Dartmouth Early Learning in Dartmouth, Mass. He holds an instructor certification from U.S. Powerboating and is certified as a Level 1 Instructor by U.S. Sailing.