DAYTON, Ohio, August 25. WRIGHT State head coach swimming coach Sion Brinn announced the addition of Janelle Atkinson as an assistant coach for the program. The 2000 Swimming World Magazine Female National High School Swimmer of the Year, Atkinson earned 10 All-America honors while competing at the University of Florida. She also received two First Team All-Southeastern Conference accolades and had three top-three finishes in three years at the NCAA Championships.
Atkinson was part of three SEC championships and was on the SEC Academic Honor Roll four times. A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Atkinson finished fourth in the 400 free at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia and competed at the 2004 games in Athens, Greece. She was a triple silver medalist at the 1999 Pan-American Games in Winnipeg, Canada, and took part in the 2003 games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Atkinson was also a seven-time recipient of the Jamaican Swimmer of the Year award and a six-time nominee for the Jamaican Sportswoman of the Year.
Atkinson comes to Wright State after working a year as a community relations officer for the Jamaica Information Services in Washington, D.C., and was an assistant coach at Western Kentucky University before that.
"I am excited to have Janelle join the coaching staff," Brinn said. "Not only does she have an impressive resume of achievements, but she also brings a wealth of knowledge in coaching styles from her years as a world-class athlete."
Atkinson earned a bachelor's degree in tourism and hospitality management from Florida in 2005.