McGee Moody Tabbed Head Coach of South Carolina Swimming and Diving

COLUMBIA, South Carolina, August 21. SOUTH Carolina will announce the hiring of McGee Moody, the Director of Swimming for William and Mary, as its new head coach this week, according to officials within the W&M athletics department. He replaces Don Gibb.

Moody comes to South Carolina after three years at William and Mary. In his first season the swimming and diving teams produced seven Colonial Athletic Association champions, including individual champions Meredith David (100 back), Kelly Reitz (200 breast), and Eric Druker (100 fly). His second season was even better, as the women tied or set school records for most wins in a season and conference wins in a season, and the men had their best season in seven years.

During his time with the Tribe, Moody coached his athletes to nearly 300 lifetime-best swims, more than 80 all-time Tribe top 10 times and 10 school records.

Moody came to the W&M after spending four seasons as an assistant men's swimming coach at the United States Naval Academy. During his tenure, Moody coached the Midshipmen's first NCAA automatic qualifier since 1996 in addition to guiding numerous NCAA, Senior National and Olympic Trial qualifiers. His 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams finished the season ranked in the top 25 of the world, and Moody also made an impact in the Navy record book, with his athletes setting all of the top 10 fastest times in school history in both the 50 and 100 freestyles. Building his athletes into academic success stories as well, Navy's men's swimming team was awarded Academic All-America honors all three seasons from 2001-04 under Moody's direction.

A 1997 graduate of East Carolina, Moody swam on the Pirates' varsity squad for four seasons, setting several freshman records and captaining the team his junior and senior years. Moody was also an Olympic Trials qualifier in the 200 freestyle in 1992.

Moody, who earned both a bachelor's degree in psychology and master's in sports administration from East Carolina, is an active professional in the swimming community. A member of both the American Swimming Coaches Association and the College Swimming Coaches Association of America, he has served as the chair of the latter's Media Relations Committee since 2001. He and his wife Monica have three daughters: Sydney, Olivia and Lily.

Special thanks to William and Mary for contributing biographical information to this report.

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