W&L NAMES JOEL SHINOFIELD HEAD MEN'S SWIMMING COACH
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee athletic director Mike
Walsh has announced the appointment of Joel Shinofield as head men's swimming
coach and assistant professor of physical education. Shinofield will begin
his duties effective August 1.
"Joel brings a unique blend of coaching experience
and knowledge of Washington and Lee to our men's swimming program,"
said Walsh. "He was a stellar student while at W&L and has continued
on in a very successful coaching career. We are fortunate to have him
come back and lead our men's swimming program."
Shinofield returns to Washington and Lee after serving in
a variety of positions. He has served as the executive director/head coach
of the Richfield Swim Club since 1996 and was the head water polo coach
at Macalester College. In addition, he has also held the post of volunteer
assistant women's swimming and diving coach at the University of Minnesota.
"I'm really excited to take over the men's swimming
program at W&L and build it into one that is competitive and compliments
the academic standards," said Shinofield. "This is a great opportunity
to come back and contribute to the school -- something that I didn't think
I would be doing when I left almost 10 years ago. I would really like
to rebuild the program into a Top 20 team both academically and athletically."
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 eleven swimmers to national-level competitions
and increased club membership from 35 to over 150 members.
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.
A volunteer assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at
Minnesota since 2000, Shinofield aided the Gophers' breaststrokers and
butterflyers to the 2002 and 2003 NCAA Division I finals.
Active in the sport, Shinofield has also held coaching positions
with Team Minnesota and Minneapolis Washburn High School. He is currently
the President of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Swimming Coaches
Association and is a member of the board for Minnesota Swimming, Inc.
A 1994 graduate of Washington and Lee with a bachelor of
arts in biology, Shinofield lettered for the Generals' swimming team as
a freshman before his career ended prematurely due to injury.
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