July 13, 2010

Courtesy of Georgetown

WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Director of Athletics Lee Reed announced today that Jamie Holder has been named the new head coach of the swimming & diving program. Holder comes to the Hilltop from Princeton University where he was an assistant coach with the men's squad for five seasons.

"We're excited to welcome Jamie Holder to lead our swimming & diving program," said Reed. "He comes from a winning tradition at Princeton and has a proven track record of success as an assistant coach. More importantly, Jamie shares our commitment to develop the whole person, consistent with the shared values of Georgetown University. We're confident that he will be a tremendous leader for our program."

"I see this as a tremendous opportunity for myself and the Georgetown swimming & diving program," said Holder. "There are a lot of positive things going on at Georgetown and I look forward to growing the program. I'm excited to work with the student-athletes and to hit the ground running."

Holder has been a part of four Ivy League Championships in his five seasons and has coached nine NCAA qualifiers as well as eight All-Americans. Last year, the Tigers went 7-0 in dual meets and won the 2010 Ivy League Championship defeating second-place Harvard by more than 200 points, the team also spent time in the national rankings.

At Princeton, Holder worked primarily with the sprint, middle distance and stroke groups developing workouts that included swimming, strength and aerobic conditioning. He also advised his student-athletes in technique and mental preparation for races. Holder worked extensively with both the men's and women's squads during practice and at meets.

Holder served as the main recruiter on the staff identifying athletes and assisting them throughout the recruiting process. His most recent recruiting class for the Tigers was among the top five in the nation according to CollegeSwimming.com.

Throughout his time at Princeton, Holder worked a number of camps including stints at Michigan University Swim Camp and Kenyon College Total Performance Swim Camp.

Holder was a two-time All-Ivy League swimmer for the Tigers. He set a school record in the 400-meter freestyle and was named team captain as a senior. Holder earned a degree in history in 2000.

Following a career in finance, Holder came back to swimming in 2005 and joined the Tiger staff. He is currently completing a master's degree in sports psychology from Temple University.

Georgetown swimming & diving has a history with the Princeton Tigers. Former Head Coach Jeff Bryan and assistant Mark Pugliese were both Princeton graduates.

Holder's appointment begins immediately and he will be settling in on campus in the coming weeks.