Cyndi Gallagher to Lead DC Trident Alongside All-Female Coaching Staff For International Swimming League

Cyndi Gallagher will be the head coach of the DC Trident this fall. Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The DC Trident are breaking barriers all over the place. Not only do they one of the first woman general managers in Olympic medalist Kaitlin Sandeno, but they have also announced they will have an all-female coaching staff in the inaugural season of the International Swimming League. The DC Trident announced former UCLA head coach Cyndi Gallagher will lead the team in their first season with the new ISL.

Gallagher recently retired after 31 years as head coach of the UCLA women’s swimming and diving team. Gallagher led the Bruins to Pac-12 titles in 2001 and 2003 and has steered UCLA to top-10 finishes at NCAAs in nine separate seasons.

Cyndi Gallagher’s Accomplishments

Under Gallagher’s direction, UCLA became one of the premier women’s swimming and diving programs in the country. The Bruins have finished inside the top-15 nationally in 15 of her seasons. Gallagher has twice been named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year, first in 1990 when the Bruins finished fifth at NCAAs and then again in 2003 after UCLA secured its second league championship in three years.

The Cali Condors are the only other team to have announced their coaching staff with American Gregg Troy and Australian Dean Boxall set to lead that team.

Tickets for the ISL are on sale here. The Trident will begin competing in Indianapolis October 5-6.

Sandeno and Condors GM Jason Lezak recently sat down with Swimming World’s Craig Lord to chat about the upcoming season.

The DC Trident named the rest of its coaching staff with Rachel Stratton-Mills and Stefanie Williams set to lead the team this fall as assistants. Stratton-Mills is currently the associate head coach at Arizona State University while Williams is the associate head coach at the University of Georgia.

DC Trident Roster


  • Anika Apostalon, CZE
  • Emma Barksdale, USA
  • Lisa Bratton, USA
  • Natalie Coughlin, USA
  • Bethany Galat, USA
  • Sarah Gibson, USA
  • Siobhan Haughey, HKG
  • Madison Kennedy, USA
  • Katie Ledecky, USA
  • Leah Neale, AUS
  • Brianna Throssell, AUS
  • Sian Whittaker, AUS


  • Zach Apple, USA
  • Kevin Cordes, USA
  • Abrahm DeVine, USA
  • Ian Finnerty, USA
  • Zane Grothe, USA
  • Zach Harting, USA
  • Tristan Hollard, AUS
  • Robert Howard, USA
  • Jay Litherland, USA
  • Cody Miller, USA
  • Giles Smith, USA
  • Velimir Stjepanovic, SRB
  • Jeremy Stravius, FRA
  • Andreas Vazaios, GRE
Notify of

Welcome to our community. We invite you to join our discussion. Our community guidelines are simple: be respectful and constructive, keep on topic, and support your fellow commenters. Commenting signifies that you agree to our Terms of Use

Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Eney Jones
4 years ago

Woohoo Cyndi !

Lisa Hanf
4 years ago

Women Rock….It’s about time US Swim give these Women Coaches some recognition….Need to have more Women Coaching at the Olympic games.

Chris Georges
4 years ago

Yes, Cyndi!! Congratulations!

Ann Dickinson Nida
4 years ago

Congrats Cyndi.

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x