RADFORD, Va. – Radford athletics director Robert Lineburg announced the hiring of Ian Coffey as the Highlanders’ head swimming and diving coach. Coffey becomes the third head coach in the young program’s history, which was elevated to intercollegiate status in 2001.
Coffey brings over 13 years of coaching experience, which includes stints as head coach at the collegiate and high school level and assistant coaching stops at three different Big East institutions.
A Jenkintown, Pa. native, Coffey comes to Radford after spending four seasons as the head women’s coach at Mansfield, a Division II program and member of the Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference (PSAC).
“The situation could not be better for me to come to Radford University,” Coffey said. “This is a great area, an outstanding institution, and a swimming and diving program which competes in a very competitive conference [CCSA]. I am looking forward to starting the season and getting the Highlanders in the water.”
During his tenure, Coffey oversaw the enhancement both in the quality and quantity of the Mountaineer swimming program. His early successes were highlighted during his second season in Mansfield, Pa. In 2009-10, Coffey guided two swimmers to PSAC individual qualifying times as well as sending relay teams to the PSAC Championship.
“We are excited to have Ian Coffey as our new head swimming and diving coach,” Lineburg said. “Ian has worked with some very successful programs and we are confident his experience will translate into a winning tradition at Radford University.”
A 1999 graduate of La Salle, Coffey got his start in collegiate coaching in the New River Valley as a graduate assistant coach at Virginia Tech from 2000-02. He has also served as an assistant coach at Syracuse (2002-04) and Villanova (2004-08).
Coffey got his first taste of coaching while an undergrad at La Salle when he served as the head women’s swim coach at Mount St. Joseph’s Academy.
In his last stint prior to Mansfield, Coffey spent four seasons with the Villanova Wildcats. Along with coaching mid-distance, sprint and stroke groups, he was responsible for national and international level recruiting and served as the team academic coordinator. Several of his swimmers went on to become Big East Champions and NCAA qualifiers in his four year stint.
Along with running Radford’s swimming and diving program, Coffey will serve as the Dedmon Center’s natatorium director.