July 29, 2014
WEST POINT N.Y. - Army men's and women's swimming and diving head coach Mickey Wender welcomes two new additions to his staff, announced Tuesday. Haley Mitchell and Riley Boulden will both serve as assistant swim and dive coaches for the Black Knights.
Mitchell comes to West Point after spending three years as the assistant women's swim coach at Kenyon College, while Boulden arrives after working for two years as the assistant men's swim coach and Associate Aquatics Director at DePauw University.
While at Kenyon, Mitchell helped coach the women's team to a runner-up finish at the 2013 Division III NCAA Championships and a fourth-place finish at the 2012 Division III NCAA Championships. She coached seven individual NCAA champions, 13 Scholar All-America recipients and six NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship winners over the past three seasons. Mitchell helped the Ladies break seven NCAA records, 24 Kenyon Varsity Records and four Olympic Trial cuts.
"I have been very impressed with Haley's coaching and leadership style," Wender said. "I think her experience at Kenyon College is significant because she has been around the most winningest team in NCAA history. She helped its women's team experience a similar level of success as the men which has been an amazing thing for her to be a part of. I am excited for the role she is going to have mentoring and coaching our cadet-athletes. She has a great attitude, energy and is a strong self-assured woman. I'm really excited for what she is going to do here and what she will bring to our program."
During Boulden's stint at DePauw, he coached two top-three finishers at the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships and two top-15 times at the Division III NCAA Championships. The Tigers' swim program boasted 13 broken school records and 18 All-America honors under Boulden's leadership.
"Riley brings a different energy and style to the program," explained Wender. "The thing that has impressed me most about Riley is his commitment to being a career swimming coach. He has sacrificed a lot to do this and be successful. Riley has a tremendous enthusiasm with a fun loving spirit that the team has responded well to. His experience as a breaststroker and an IM-er fills a real need in our staff."
Mitchell has many accomplishments from her four-year swim career at Ohio State University. Even though she was considered an endurance freestyler, she helped set varsity records in the 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays. She was a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and was named an Academic All-Big Ten selection her final three seasons in Columbus. She was also selected to compete for Team USA at the World Maccabiah Games in Israel in 2009, where she won four gold medals and one silver medal.
As a senior, Mitchell was named a senior captain for the 2009-10 season. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in the spring of 2010 and returned to the Buckeyes for the 2010-11 season as a volunteer assistant.
Prior to DePauw, Boulden was a decorated member of the University of Alabama varsity swim and dive team from 2006-2010. While a part of the Crimson Tide he set a school record in the 200-IM and achieved three Olympic Trial cuts and four World Trial cuts. Boulden finished 4th in the 200-breast at the South Eastern Conference (SEC) Championships and placed 19th in the same event at the World Trials.
Three of his four seasons Boulden was named to the SEC Honor Roll and was named Alabama's team captain in 2010. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration.
"They have both embraced the ideals of the Academy and they really believe in West Point and what we are trying to accomplish here," Wender commented. "I think they have shown a level of respect and appreciation for developing leaders of character and the things we have experienced going out and seeing summer training has shown me that they really appreciate what it is that we ultimately are developing leaders of character that swim fast and dive well. They believe in the mission of the Academy."
The Black Knights dive into their season Oct. 18 at the University of Massachusetts.