LEXINGTON, Va. – Joel Shinofield, the head men’s swimming coach and director of aquatics at Washington and Lee since 2003, has announced his resignation in order to pursue other professional opportunities for both his family and himself.
“I am grateful to Athletic Director Jan Hathorn, former Athletic Directors Chuck O’Connell and Mike Walsh, as well as President Ruscio for giving me the opportunity to coach the sport I love at my alma mater,” said Shinofield. “I know the program will continue to thrive and I wish all the current and future athletes and coaches the best possible success.”
A 1994 graduate of Washington and Lee, Shinofield returned to his alma mater in 2003 and immediately found success in the pool. He guided the Generals to a perfect 7-0 record in his first season and was named the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Coach of the Year after leading W&L to the conference championship.
Shinofield went on to coach the Generals to Top 20 finishes at the NCAA Division III Championships in each of the next four seasons while garnering three more BMC Coach of the Year citations. His 2006-07 team went 10-2 overall and set 10 school records en route to placing eighth at the NCAA Championships. His 2007-08 squad finished 9-2 overall and also placed eighth at NCAA’s led by six All-Americans, including Alex Sweet ’08 who won the NCAA Championship in the 50 freestyle and qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials. Shinofield completed his W&L career with a 68-17 (.800) overall record and four conference championships.
“I want to thank Joel for all he has done to so ably serve the men's swimming program, the Physical Education and Athletics Department, and the University over the past nine years,” said Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn. “Joel will leave us with the distinction of being one of the most successful swimming coaches in W&L's illustrious history. His commitment to the mission of our department and to the student-athletes whom he served is evidenced by his active participation on countless faculty and student campus committees, as well as numerous positions and offices he has held in the world of swimming. We wish Joel and his family all the best possible success as they pursue other professional opportunities.”
During his nine seasons, Shinofield’s swimmers broke and re-broke school records in 15 of the 19 events in which records were kept. Additionally, he guided W&L swimmers to 19 First Team All-America citations (12 individuals, 7 relays) and 20 Honorable Mention All-America awards (15 individuals, 5 relays). His athletes also excelled in the classroom, garnering Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American honors twice, while four swimmers received the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
“I would like to thank all of the athletes I have had the opportunity to work with over the past nine years, they are a tremendous group of young men,” added Shinofield. “They have had a great deal of success in and out of the pool and I’m proud of the way that they achieved their goals. They always stuck together and they all valued each other equally and I’m honored to have coached them.”
This season, the Generals were 6-3 overall and fourth at the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships. W&L finished 16th at the NCAA Division III Championships, while three individual athletes and three relays earned All-America honors.
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