Jessica Leemans enters her second season as an assistant coach at Canisius. Last year, Leemans competed for the Golden Griffins in the program's inaugural season as a varsity program.
In her first year of competition in rowing, Leemans developed into a leader. At the 2012 MAAC Championship, she competed in the Varsity Eight that placed fifth out of ten.
Hailing from Calgary, Alberta, Leemans previously played soccer for the Golden Griffins before making the switch to rowing. Competing four years with the Griffs, she earned her bachelor's degree in physical education and health in 2011. Currently, she is pursuing her master's degree in sport administration.