Courtesy: Toledo Athletics
TOLEDO, Ohio – Wally Senter was named an assistant coach for the University of Toledo women’s swimming and diving program, head coach Brie Globig announced today.
Senter comes to Toledo from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Ark., where he was an assistant coach for four seasons.
“We are very excited to add Wally to our coaching staff,” Globig said. “He will be a great asset to the continued growth and success of the team. His strong previous experience in recruiting and coaching will help our team to continue to excel.”
At Henderson State, Senter primarily worked with the sprinters and assisted with middle-distance and distance groups for both the men’s and women’s teams. His duties included leading dry-land workouts for the sprint group, spearheading all recruiting efforts, and managing the team’s apparel and equipment distribution.
During Senter’s four seasons as an assistant, the men’s swimming and diving team finished each season ranked in the Top 30 at the NCAA Division II National Championships. Senter helped coach one NCAA Division II runner-up, one South American Games champion swimmer, three Division II All-Americans, and 23 school record holders. The men’s team finished in second place in the New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference (NSISC) in 2020 and 2021 during his tenure.
“I am thankful to have been given the opportunity to join the University of Toledo Swimming & Diving program,” Senter said. “It was evident right away that the combination of a strong team culture, academic excellence, and exceptional leadership is second-to-none. What Brie and Gabby (diving coach Gabby Agostino) have been building is special, and I cannot wait to help take the program to the next level.”
Prior to his time at Henderson State, Senter was an assistant coach with the Chattahoochee Gold Swim Club’s Mountain View Aquatic Center in Marietta, Ga., serving as the lead coach for a high school group as well as an elementary school group. He helped increased the retention rate for his high schoolers by 75 percent during his time there. Senter helped top athletes prepare for the Age Group Sectionals, one of the biggest 14U meets on the USA Swimming calendar.
Senter also has experience as a coaching intern at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Ky. and as an assistant coach with Dynamo Swim Club in Atlanta. While at Lindsey Wilson, the women’s team finished in sixth place at NAIA National Championships and the men’s team finished in eighth place, both of which were the highest finishes in program history. Coaching athletes that qualified for Olympic Trials was one of Senter’s top distinctions while at Dynamo.
A 2014 graduate of Georgia College, Senter received his bachelor’s degree in mass communications with a concentration in public relations and advertising. He received an associate’s degree from Albany State (then Darton State College) in general studies in 2012, where he was a three-time NJCAA All-American swimmer.
Senter is slated to earn his master’s degree in sports administration at Henderson State this December.