WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia, August 14. WILLIAM and Mary Director of Swimming Matt Crispino '02 announced the addition of two assistant coaches this week, completing the Tribe's coaching staff heading into the 2012-13 season. Chris Carter from Georgia Southern University and Alec Hayden, formerly of Northwestern University, will add their considerable talents to Crispino's as the Tribe takes aim at the top of the Colonial Athletic Association this year. Both men will assist with all aspects of the W&M program, including planning and conducting practices, recruiting, meet management, and administrative functions.
“I'm very pleased to announce the hiring of Alec Hayden and Chris Carter as assistant swimming coaches,” said Crispino. “There is a buzz around Tribe Swimming right now, and these two coaches will only add to it. I was searching for proven coaches who would make our team even better, and I know Alec and Chris will do just that.”
Carter's most recent stop on his six-year coaching career was at Georgia Southern, where he was the Eagles' assistant coach for the last two years. He helped lead the team to a 23-9 record during his two seasons, and a program-best-ever finish of third at the 2012 CCSA Championships. GSU athletes set 125 lifetime-bests and 12 school records during Carter's tenure, including a 100%-lifetime-best success rate among the distance swimmers. Prior to his time at GSU, Carter was an assistant coach with the Athens Bulldog Swim Club for three years. He has also worked as a counselor and instructor at several high level camps over the past few years, including at Texas A&M and at Navy.
Carter graduated from Georgia in 2010 with a degree in health and physical education, and earned his Master's of Science in sports psychology in 2012 from Georgia Southern. He holds Level 2 certification from the American Swim Coaches Association, and is also a licensed teacher (PK-12) in the state of Georgia.
“I met Chris last summer, and I knew then that he would be an awesome addition to our staff. He stood out in the interview process as someone who was not only knowledgeable and innovative, but also very enthusiastic about joining the Tribe. Chris helped Georgia Southern become one of the better programs in the CCSA and I'm confident he will help W&M in our quest to become the top swimming program in the CAA.”
Hayden comes to Williamsburg after spending the past two years as a volunteer assistant at Northwestern, where he worked with both the men's and women's programs and helped coach multiple Big Ten finalists and NCAA qualifiers. He was also the head senior coach at Nasa Wildcat Aquatics during that span, overseeing training for athletes from eighth grade and up. Under Hayden's tutelage, three of his athletes qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials, and the team won 14 individual state titles and broke eight state records.
Hayden graduated from Northwestern in 2008 with dual degrees in economics and mathematical methods in the social sciences, after earning four letters on the Wildcats swimming team. He was elected team captain for each of his last two years. Hayden was also a columnist with the university's daily newspaper.
“Alec has a proven coaching record at every level, from age group to major Division I. He has developed some of the top club talent in the country as the head senior coach at NASA Wildcat, and his experience on deck at Northwestern will translate nicely to William & Mary. I expect his contributions to the Tribe Swimming family will be meaningful and immediate.”
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