Virginia Tech Swim Coach Ned Skinner Resigns

Virginia Tech Director of Athletics Whit Babcock announced Friday that he has accepted the resignation of Ned Skinner as head swimming and diving coach. The Hokies will search for a replacement immediately.

“I want to thank Coach Skinner for his contributions during his 20 seasons of service to Virginia Tech,” Babcock said. “Now we are tasked with finding the right individual to lead our swimming and diving program going forward. We will make no further comments regarding our swimming and diving program until we announce our new head coach.”

Sarah Stockwell-Gregson will serve as the program’s interim head coach according to Babcock.

‘“I’m proud of the way our student-athletes represented Virginia Tech over the years, as well as the way they performed academically and athletically.” Skinner said. “I appreciate all the efforts of our student-athletes, as well as our dedicated coaches and support staff. After 20 seasons, I simply felt the time was right for a new leader to take over the direction of the program.”

A two-time ACC Men’s Coach of the Year (2012, 2014), Skinner guided Tech’s swimming and diving program to new heights, including a 2014 Men’s ACC Championship. In addition, he led both the men’s and women’s programs to the Atlantic 10 title in 2000, as well as the 1999 Women’s Atlantic 10 Championship. The Hokies have been a member of the ACC since 2004, competing in one of the nation’s most dynamic conferences in both men’s and women’s swimming and diving. Virginia Tech has produced over 40 combined individual ACC champions (men’s and women’s) since joining the league.

Tech student-athletes were frequent competitors at the NCAA Championships during Skinner’s tenure as the Hokies earned a over 100 All-American and honorable mention All-American performances. Tech’s swimming and diving student-athletes have also historically posted some of the highest cumulative team GPAs among Tech’s varsity programs in recent years. Skinner arrived in Blacksburg in 1998 after serving four seasons as head coach at William and Mary.

The Christiansburg Aquatic Center has served as the home of Virginia Tech swimming and diving since 2010. The nearly $15 million facility ranks as one of the ACC’s finest and served as host of the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships. The 62,000 square-foot venue features a full-size, 50-meter Olympic-style pool, in addition to a diving tower with 5-, 7.5- and 10-meter platforms, as well as two 1-meter springboards and two 3-meter springboards.

— This information is a press release provided by Virginia Tech.

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  2. avatar
    Pete Foley

    Quality coach and a quality person…….Ned will be missed

  3. Laura Pinckney

    Ned was an amazing coach. Those are some big shoes to fill! Let’s go HOKIES!

  4. Ray Smith

    Great man! Going to be hard to fill those shoes!!!

  5. avatar
    Jim Nickell

    His swimmers truly like him – an old time coaches approach – this makes me sad!

    I wish him the best!

  6. avatar
    NOTSHOCKED

    If you think this man resigned of his own accord you have your head in the sand. And the University will not discuss his departure, that’s code for lets cut our losses before we have bigger problems. There is more to this story than we are being told. Hopefully someone will get to the truth. The swimmers deserve to have the truth reported.

  7. avatar
    Truth Seeker

    VT Atheltic department is shameful in the way they cover up their scandals and missteps. This is yet another example of putting a positive spin on well known problem in the Athletic department.

    Let the truth be told and stop spinning facts. Wake up Hokie world… read the tea leafs in the announcement. Know that you are getting played by VT PR and don’t fall victim to the sports program and coaches are perfect…

    Whit – Tell the truth! Is the swim program on the ropes? Did conduct issues and NCAA investigations push it over the top?

    Step up and do your job with full disclosure!

Author: Daniel D'Addona

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Dan D'Addona is the lead college swim writer for Swimming World. He has covered swimming at all levels since 2003, including the NCAA championships, USA nationals, Duel in the Pool and Olympic trials. He is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a graduate of Central Michigan University. He currently lives in Holland, Michigan, where he also is the Sports Editor at The Holland Sentinel.

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