Nathan Rhoads took the job as swimming coach at Brenau University on Aug. 3, which the school made official in a press release Thursday.
Rhoads, who grew up in Phoenix, is a Level Four Coach in the American Swim Coaches Association, which is awarded only to the top-ranked swim coaches in the nation.
He has coached swimmers who have qualified for NCAA Division I championship meets as well as those who participated in Olympic trials, the U.S. Open and USA Swimming senior and junior nationals.
He has also coached club swimmers who have been ranked in the top 10 in the United States and members of high school All-American and Scholastic All-American teams.
“I’m excited to be here,” Rhoads said. “Brenau is one of the top NAIA swimming programs in the country.
“It’s fun to have an opportunity to compete for a national championship. I am determined to help make that happen.”
Rhoads received a Bachelor’s degree of Interdisciplinary Studies from Arizona State University in 2003. He comes to Brenau with 16 years of experience, three at the collegiate level and 13 as a USA Swimming club coach. Most recently, Rhoads served as assistant coach at Gardner-Webb University from 2012-15.
Rhoads takes the job left open when former coach Blaire Bachman took an assistant coaching position with Division I Dartmouth University earlier this year.
“There is no doubt that coach Rhoads has some huge shoes to fill,” Golden Tigers athletics director Mike Lochstampfor said.
“But he has the skills to make it work and continue building on what coach Bachman began here in swimming.”
“We set out to find a college coach with the background and experience necessary to take over the reins of a championship-contending NAIA swim team and, with Nathan, I think we achieved that goal,” Lochstampfor added. “He has a great vision for the future of the program and comes with the tools needed to propel this team forward. I am confident in his abilities and elated that he will be joining our Golden Tigers staff.”