Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
RICHMOND, Va. – Richmond swimming and diving head coach Matt Barany has announced the addition of Mitch Alters to his coaching staff for the upcoming season. Alters joins Richmond after spending the last two years as a graduate assistant at the University of Arkansas and was a four-year letterwinner for the Oakland University Golden Grizzlies of the Horizon League.
“We’re excited about Mitch,” Barany said, “I know the women will respond to his energy and drive. I’m excited to create new ideas and to refine those ideas with Mitch.”
At Oakland University, Alters was twice selected as a team captain and the Golden Grizzlies won their conference championship all four seasons. He was a College Swimming Coaches Association of America All-American Honorable Mention in 2016 and he won the Horizon League in the 200 Fly. Alters was a Horizon League Academic All-Conference honoree and was named to Horizon League Fall Honor Roll three times.
As a graduate assistant at Arkansas, Alters oversaw and conducted workouts for the team and individual training groups, working with sprint, stroke and distance during the season with a focus on the sprint group. He also planned official and unofficial visits as well as coordinating team travel and compliance management.
While in Fayetteville, Alters also worked with the Aquahawgs Razorback Aquatic Club as an assistant coach, where he worked with swimmers of all ages, focusing on technique and training habits. He also helped coach the senior level group during a transition phase for coaching at the senior level.
Other coaching opportunities including working as an assistant swim coach and swim instructor at Canton City Schools, Starting Line Health and Fitness and Heart of the Hills.