MISENHEIMER, N.C. - Pfeiffer University has announced the reinstatement of the women's swimming program and the hiring of Amy Prior as the team's head coach. With the switch to Division III and the USA South Conference, the reinstatement of the women's swimming program accurately fits the new mission of the university and conference.
"I am delighted we are getting the opportunity to reinstate our women's swimming program," commented VP for Athletics Bob Reasso. "We are very fortunate to have a great candidate like Amy who is on the staff at Pfeiffer and also works with Gray Stone Charter School. She is a tremendous coach to start up our program and we are looking for great things."
The team will begin competition in the fall with Prior at the helm. Prior is currently an adjunct professor at Pfeiffer and has been involved in swimming in North Carolina since 1982. She has experience coaching summer league, high school and competitive swimming and is a certified lifeguard instructor. Additionally, Prior has experience managing swimming facilities and been in charge of pool operations.
"We are delighted to have Amy Prior join the Pfeiffer coaching staff as a full-time coach," commented Dr. Colleen Keith, Pfeiffer President. "She is a respected teacher and coach who takes an active role at the state and national levels as a health educator. We fully expect that she will help us to rebuild our swim program so that student-athletes are successful both inside the classroom and in the pool."
As the head swim coach at Providence Country Club, Prior amassed a 22-2 record and won the league championship in her first year. As an assistant coach at Providence High School, Prior helped lead the team to three state women's championship and one state men's championship over a three year period.
"My two greatest loves are coaching and swimming," said Prior. "To have the opportunity to take over the women's swimming program and rebuild it is a dream come true. I love the Pfeiffer family and am honored and thrilled to be a part of this endeavor."
Prior is a graduate of Appalachian State University, where she was a Varsity swimmer, and majored in Health Education and Psychology.