Virginia Tech head coach Ned Skinner has resigned from his position, Virginia Tech Director of Athletics Whit Babcock announced on Monday. Sarah Stockwell-Gregson will serve as interim head coach while a search for Skinner’s replacement is underway.
“I want to thank Coach Skinner for his contributions during his 20 seasons of service to Virginia Tech,” Babcock said. “Now we are tasked with finding the right individual to lead our swimming and diving program going forward. We will make no further comments regarding our swimming and diving program until we announce our new head coach.”
That ends a 20-year career for Skinner at Virginia Tech, who was twice named ACC Men’s Coach of the Year (2012, 2014). That included leading the Virginia Tech men to their first ACC title in 2014, and winning 3 Atlantic 10 Championships (women – 1999/2000; men – 2000).
The Virginia Tech men placed 33rd with 9 points from diver Ben Schiesl on the men’s 1-meter; while the women also placed 33rd with 14 points – all from swimmers. For both teams, that was their lowest finish at NCAAs since the 2008-2009 season.
‘“I’m proud of the way our student-athletes represented Virginia Tech over the years, as well as the way they performed academically and athletically.” Skinner said. “I appreciate all the efforts of our student-athletes, as well as our dedicated coaches and support staff. After 20 seasons, I simply felt the time was right for a new leader to take over the direction of the program.”
No announcement has been made about the long-term future of the staff, though all assistants remain listed on the team’s website.