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Mike Ginder

Mike Ginder

Head Coach

Ginder became the first head coach of the Virginia Wesleyan men's and women's swimming programs when he took the reigns in the fall of 2016. He was most recently at Bucknell University where he had served as assistant coach since 2012. While there, he provided direct instruction to 60 student-athletes while primarily working with the freestyle and backstroke swimmers. During his time in Lewisburg, the Bison had their first female NCAA qualifier and sent one male to the 2016 US Olympic Trials, both in the backstroke events. Ginder also developed and implemented the dryland training for all training groups. Prior to Bucknell, Ginder worked with the swimming & diving team at Georgetown University from 2011-12 where he provided direct instruction to 57 student-athletes as a volunteer assistant, while also completing his master’s degree in professional studies in sports industry management. His thesis was on proposed changes to NCAA recruiting bylaws. He made the jump to the Division I ranks after an illustrious career at Division III schools. Ginder was the assistant coach for the men’s and women’s programs at Catholic University from 2010-11 where he was part of a staff that earned Coaching Staff of the Year by the Landmark Conference. He began his coaching career at Washington and Lee University where he served from 2007-10. He mentored 55 student-athletes while working with the Generals, maintaining recruiting and alumni relation efforts. He coordinated the university’s “Learn-To-Swim” program for children in the local community as well. Ginder stepped right into the coaching ranks at W&L after a standout career in the pool. He was a 16-time NCAA All-American swimmer and served as a team captain for the squad. During his impressive four-year career with the Generals, Ginder captured eight individual conference titles, two conference MVP awards and team MVP four times. Ginder graduated with three individual and five relay school records. He was voted as the Washington & Lee Most Valuable Senior Male Athlete. Ginder graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science with special attainments in commerce in business administration. He earned his Master of Professional Studies in sports industry management from Georgetown University in 2012. During the summers Ginder has stayed busy, working camps at Virginia and Navy, as well as serving as a coach at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. He has achieved American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Level 2 certification and is also certified as a National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) Certified Pool and Spa Operator.

Victoria Barley

Assistant Coach