Admissions Scheme Sinks Stanford Sailing Coach John Vandemoer

John Vandemoer head sailing coach of the Stanford Sailing team pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit racketeering in relation to a college admissions bribery scandal. About 50 individuals were charged on March 12, 2019, in the college admission scandal centering around William “Rick” Singer whose consulting firm and charity solicited payments ranging from $200,000 to $6.5 million to secure admission to elite universities by means of allegedly cheating on tests or convincing coaches such as Vandemoer to designate non-athletes as top prospects for preferential admission. Vandemoer and Singer pled guilty in Boston to one or multiple charges on March 12, respectively. Vandemoer faces 18 months in federal prison for conspiracy to commit criminal racketeering for accepting $270,000 in two payments of $110,000 and $160,000 to designate a daughter of John B. Wilson a top sailing recruit at Stanford. The Boston area real estate and private equity investor faces conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud charges related to the DoJ’s Operation Varsity Blues investigation. John B. Wilson is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Actress Felicity Huffman (wife of William H. Macey) and actress Lori Laughlin face criminal charges related to trying to improve their chances of their children getting into top colleges with the help of Mr. Singer.

“The U.S. Department of Justice today charged a number of people around the country in an alleged scheme in which payments were made to try to win the admission of prospective students to a number of U.S. colleges and universities. Stanford’s head sailing coach was among those charged in the case.
Stanford has been cooperating with the Department of Justice in its investigation and is deeply concerned by the allegations in this case. The university and its athletics programs have the highest expectations of integrity and ethical conduct. The head coach of the Stanford sailing team has been terminated.

The charges state that sailing head coach John Vandemoer accepted financial contributions to the sailing program from an intermediary in exchange for agreeing to recommend two prospective students for admission to Stanford. Neither student came to Stanford. However, the alleged behavior runs completely counter to Stanford’s values.

Based on the Department of Justice investigation to date, we have no evidence that the alleged conduct involves anyone else at Stanford or is associated with any other team. However, we will be undertaking an internal review to confirm that.”

Sailing Illustrated writes:
“According to Vandemoer’s profile on Stanford’s athletic web site, his teams have won 29 of 30 PCCSC spring conference championships and have qualified for at least the semifinals of all three spring ICSA national championships. He graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2000 with a degree in geochemistry. He was Navy’s head sailing coach for two seasons before taking the Stanford job.”
“N. JOHN B. WILSON 287. Defendant JOHN B. WILSON is a resident of Lynnfield, Massachusetts. WILSON is the founder and CEO of a private equity and real estate development firm. 288. As set forth below, WILSON conspired to bribe Jovan Vavic, the USC water polo coach, to designate his son as a purported recruit to the USC men’s water polo team, thereby facilitating his admission to USC. WILSON also sought to use bribes to obtain the admission of his two daughters to Stanford University and Harvard University as recruited athletes.:”
See page 126-127 for the recorded conversation by the FBI
Screenshot from
Rick Singer’s book’s Amazon page
Reading from the John Vandemoer information at
Club 420 Selden Boom Announcement 2016

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Associate Producers Larry Wilson, Kevin Yager, and Rick Moore (SSL).
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Copyright Linus Wilson, Oxriver Publishing, Vermilion Advisory Services, LLC, 2019

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