Jennifer Buffin, one of the most successful collegiate swimming coaches in the United States, has been named head coach of the Oregon State women’s program, Vice President/Director of Athletics Todd Stansbury announced Thursday.
Buffin joins OSU from the University of Hawaii where she served as the associate head men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach since 2006. The Rainbow Warriors captured two conference titles combined during her tenure.
“The strong academics, community support and the department’s commitment to developing each student-athlete for success beyond their college athletic experience is what drew me to OSU," Buffin said in a release. “My goal is to continue to strengthen the program on a local, conference and national level."
The native of Virginia has a wealth of international experience to complement an impressive collegiate resume. She is part of the Philippine Olympic Team (since 2013) coaching contingent to Rio next month, adding to a career that includes serving on the staffs of four national teams.
“What really stands out about coach Buffin is her vision for our program,” Stansbury said in a release. “She has experience at all levels of competition, demonstrates a true understanding for student-athlete welfare and is a winner. I’m excited for her to join the OSU family and our strong stable of coaches, and look forward to her developing our program.”
Her collegiate record includes 24 NCAA qualifiers, 102 conference champions, a two-time Olympian and 301 first- or second-team all-conference honorees. In addition, she has coached seven conference MVPs, eight All-American scholars and 95 all-conference academic individuals.
“The OSU community is getting one of the best young coaches in America,” former Hawaii head coach Victor Wales said. “Jen has been the heart and soul of the Hawaii program for many years. She has the drive, expertise and connections to get Oregon State into the Top 25.”
Buffin began her coaching career at San Jose State in 2001, spending nearly four years as the Spartans’ assistant coach. She earned a bachelor’s of science degree in environmental science with a minor in biology from San Jose State in 2002.
Her experience also includes serving as a prep and club coach at the high school level, and as a 15-year competitive swimmer.