Coach Patrick Richardson took over as the leader of the Hollins swim program in June 2015. A graduate of Oakland University with a Bachelor of Arts in communications, Richardson was a member of the undefeated Division I Summit League championship teams from 2009-13. He looks to bring forward the same success he has experienced in the pool to the deck at Hollins. During his time with the Golden Grizzlies, Richardson not only excelled in the pool but spent time as copresident of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as well as serving as team captain and the student-athlete representative to the Senate Athletic Committee. His service on both committees allowed him to aid in the creation of several community service programs, as well as the GOLD Program for academic honors. After graduating, Richardson looked to begin his college coaching career, accepting an assistant position at William Jewell College. Richardson assisted both the women’s and men’s teams while at the NCAA DII school. Duties included practice and training plans, primarily focusing on the ‘sprint’ groups. During the 2014-15 season, William Jewell saw their swimmers compete at the NCAA DII Swim Championships for the first time in program history. In addition to his experience coaching at the collegiate level, Richardson has also privately coached for his family-run Swim Smart Academy. Working with founder Valerie Waters, he has helped coach all levels of athletes (Masters, triathlete, high school, club, etc.) in both Michigan and Florida. Richardson currently resides in Roanoke, VA, where he loves hiking and climbing in the Blue Ridge Mountains.