Chris Wolford awarded Coach of Excellence

 Our head coach, Chris Wolford, was recently recognized by the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) as a Coach of Excellence for 2010.  Each year ASCA honors coaches who guide swimmers to top-8 finishes at a USA Swimming national-level meet (or a USA collegiate championship meet).

Some information you may or may not know about Chris.  He is certified as a level 5 ASCA coach, which is the highest level of certification.  He had been coaching for over 16 years.  In his time as a head coach he and his swimmers have had many accomplishments.

Chris has been the head coach and CEO of the Cincinnati Marlins since 2000. In his time with the Marlins he has led the Marlins through a major expansion of the program going from a single site program to one the has four sites in the Cincinnati metro area including Northern Kentucky. The program has grown from 170 swimmers to over 400. Some of his accomplishments during his tenure include coaching the 2005 Junior National Men's Champions, Dan Ketchum at 2003 Pam-American Games, and 12 swimmers at the 2008 Olympic trials. Some of his Marlin swimmer's accomplishments include: 2 Team USA's National Youth Team members, 7 Junior National titles, 6 Junior National meet records, 3 Ohio High School State records, over 70 All-American awards.

 Prior to coaching for the Marlins he coached the Toledo St. Francis High School swim team to a State Championship in 1998, runners up in 1997, 1999. Also, during his tenure as the coach there his team set the High School National record in the 400 Free Relay, set 4 State records.  Additionally, he coached the  Greater Toledo Aquatic Club, where he coached nine Junior National Champions, his swimmers set six Junior National meet records and won the 2000 women’s title at Juniors.

In addition to coaching for the Marlins Chris is the Treasurer for Ohio Swimming.

Chris is an alumni of Miami University where he was a four year varsity swimmer and team captain during the 1990-1991 season. He graduated with a degree in accounting. He is married to Jennifer Wolford.  They are raising two children: Nate and Ellie and live in Springfield Township.