Greg Doyle & Kevin Hennessy Named Associate Head Coaches For Wingate Swimming and Diving

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Wingate Swimming and Diving announced two new promotions.

Wingate University vice-president and director of athletics Steve Poston and head Wingate Swimming coach Kirk Sanocki announced a pair of promotions this week. Greg Doyle has been named the associate head coach for women’s swimming and aquatics, while Kevin Hennessy (’10) has been named the associate head coach for men’s swimming and aquatics. The promotions take effect on August 1, 2020.

Along with these promotions, Doyle and Hennessy will retain assistant coaching responsibilities with the other gender. Most recently, Doyle and Hennessy coached 26 WUSWIM student-athletes to 68 CSCAA All-American swims in 2020 (52 first team honors, 16 honorable mentions).

“I am pleased to recognize the excellent work of Coach Doyle and Coach Hennessy with these well-deserved promotions,” Poston says. “Both have been and will continue to be valuable contributors to the success of our nationally-ranked women’s and men’s swimming teams.”

Greg Doyle day-by-day

  • Direction of WUSWIM sprinters
  • Direction for recruitment of women’s swimming prospective student-athletes (PSAs)
  • Oversight of lifeguards’ employment (12 months)
  • Coordination of swimming lesson schedule
  • Promotion of swimming camps
  • Supervision of one of two WUSWIM graduate assistants to assist in functions listed above

Greg Doyle biographical sketch

  • Three-time swimming All-American at SUNY Oswego (class of 2008)
  • CSCAA Scholar All-American as well
  • Received master’s degree in athletic administration from Coker (’15)
  • Held two head coaching posts prior to Wingate (Limestone, S.C. and York, Pa.)
  • Coached a York (Pa.) student-athlete who became NCAA D3 champion in the men’s 100 breaststroke; same individual advanced to the 2016 Olympic Trials
  • Married Stephanie (Hotrovich) Doyle in Sept. 2012; two children (Rylan, 7 and Nolan, 3)

“Blessed to have two wonderful supporting parents (Greg, Sr. and Bonnie) through my undergraduate athletic career and now in my profession as a swimming coach.”

“My dad (Greg Doyle, Sr.) passed away this winter, but left me with a tremendous wealth of knowledge on how to treat people with respect, what it means to have a strong work ethic and how to overcome adversity.”

“I am proud to have had the opportunity to work with many high caliber student-athletes at numerous institutions.”

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

Kirk Sanocki on Doyle:

“Greg has an extensive background in the sport. We were fortunate two years ago when our team expanded and we needed someone to coach our sprinters. It was hard to lure him (to Wingate), but he was intrigued by the possibilities. Our sprinting depth is getting better and it is showing with our relays. Given his prior head coaching experience, this was an easy promotion.”

Doyle on this adventure:

“I want to thank Steve Poston and Kirk Sanocki for giving me this special opportunity. I am thankful to work with great student-athletes and fellow coaches daily and look forward to getting back on campus to continue to build upon Wingate’s strong tradition of excellence.”

Kevin Hennessy day-by-day

  • Direction of WUSWIM middle-distance and distance swimmers
  • Direction for recruitment of men’s swimming PSAs
  • Direction for the AquaDog youth team (12 months)
  • Coordination assistance with pool rentals, pool memberships and aquatics in general
  • Supervision of one of two WUSWIM graduate assistants to provide social media help

Kevin Hennessy biographical sketch

  • Three-time Bluegrass Mountain Conference champion and CSCAA Scholar All-American at Wingate (class of 2010)
  • Coached Coast Guard Blue Dolphins Swim Team in Virginia prior to his WU return
  • Married Jordan (Filchock) Hennessy in Nov. 2019; pair recently bought their first house

“I have had the opportunity to coach at all levels of our sport and made many great friends. I have met so many great families and swimmers who have all added to my life in some way.”

“I am blessed to have two wonderful, supporting parents through my undergraduate athletic career and now in my profession as a swimming coach.”

“I would not be where I am without the love and support from my parents, Steve and Sandy Hennessy. Their constant guidance throughout my athletic and professional career has truly helped me to grow into the person I am today.”

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

Kirk Sanocki on Hennessy:

“I have known Kevin and his abilities going back to his time as a swimmer here at Wingate, starting in 2007. He has excelled with each responsibility or task assigned over the past four years as an assistant coach. The middle-distance and distance group has grown on a number of levels under his guidance. He is ready for this promotion.”

Hennessy on this adventure:

“I would like to thank Mr. Poston and Kirk Sanocki for this opportunity. I am extremely excited and honored to be named an associate head coach. I have learned a great deal from Kirk and I cannot say enough about how much I look forward to continue working with him and Greg. Being able to give back to the program I was a part of…has been a blessing. I’m excited to step into this new role and continue helping our student-athletes grow and reach their full potential.”

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