The West Virginia Mountaineers have hired on former volunteer coach Rick West as the program’s new assistant coach, the team announced today.
West has been volunteering with the WVU program since 2012, but has an extensive background as a college coach prior to that.
West was an assistant with Ohio State for a short stint in 2002. From there, he moved into a head coaching role with Duquesne, helping the program pick up its first-ever Atlantic 10 event title.
After a year at Duquesne, he moved to Pitt as an assistant coach, competing in the Big East Conference against the Mountaineers, his future coaching home.
West was also the head coach at Wheeling Jesuit from 2007 through 2012, when he started volunteering with the West Virginia program.
“Rick brings a high quality of coaching expertise, and I look forward to him making our program better in and out of the pool,” WVU head coach Vic Riggs said in the team’s press release.
“Rick’s enthusiasm for coaching and the sport is what I am excited most about him bringing to the program. These aspects will enhance both the day-to-day operations of our program and in our recruiting,” said Riggs.
West, a West Virginia native, called the position a dream come true:
“I am thrilled to accept the position at West Virginia University,” he said. “The focus on swimming well at the Big 12 Championship, the NCAA Championship and the Olympic trials have helped Vic Riggs and his staff to build a competitive program that has consistently performed well in those meets.
“The opportunity to become a part of a program on the rise, which also happens to be my home state, is a dream come true,” he said. “Once a Mountaineer, always a Mountaineer.”