HEAD COACH JOEL SHINOFIELD
Joel Shinofield is in his fourth season as head men's swimming coach at Washington and Lee.
In his first three seasons, Shinofield has guided the Generals to a 19-3 overall mark and three straight Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships. Additionally, he has guided W&L to a pair of Top 20 finishes at the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships, while also coaching 19 Generals to multiple All-Bluegrass Mountain Conference honors and eight W&L swimmers to multiple All-America accolades.
In addition, W&L set three new school records during the 2003-04 campaign, five records during the 2004-05 campaign and five more in 2005-06.
Shinofield came to W&L from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., where he served as the head women's water polo coach. He also served as the executive director/head coach of the Richfield Swim Club/Minnesota Federated Swimming since 1996. In addition, he has also held the post of volunteer assistant women's swimming coach at the University of Minnesota.
In one season at Macalester, Shinofield earned region coach of the year honors while leading the Scots' women's water polo team to a sixth place finish at the Collegiate III National Championships.
At the Richfield Swim Club, Shinofield was responsible for developing a competitive USA swimming team for youth from the novice to national level. He helped direct 15 swimmers to national-level competitions and increased club membership from 35 to over 150 members.
A volunteer assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Minnesota, Shinofield aided the Gophers' breaststrokers and butterflyers to the 2002 and 2003 NCAA Division I finals.
Active in the sport, Shinofield has also held head-coaching positions with Team Minnesota and Minneapolis Washburn High School. He currently serves as Secretary of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America's Executive Board. Prior to moving to Lexington, he was the President of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Swimming Coaches Association and was a member of the board for Minnesota Swimming, Inc. In the summer of 2003, Shinofield was presented with the Conoco/Phillips USA Swimming Service Award for his volunteer work in the sport.
Shinofield is a 1994 graduate of Washington and Lee with a bachelor of arts in biology. He lettered for the Generals' swimming team as a freshman before his career ended prematurely due to injury.
Contact: Brian Laubscher
Sports Information Director
PO Drawer 928
Lexington, VA 24450