Peter Solomon - Head Women's Swimming Coach
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Peter Solomon, who had 18 years as a veteran head coach of men's and women's swimming and diving at NESCAC colleges Middlebury (1997-2011) and Amherst (1993-97), came aboard the Wesleyan coaching staff in 2012-13 as an adjunct professor of physical education and head coach of men's and women's swimming and diving.
Over his 14 seasons in charge of the Panthers' program at Middlebury, Peter was named NESCAC Men's Swimming Coach of the Year five times, most recently in 2010, and led his squad to a team championship in 2002. His women compiled a cumulative dual-meet mark of 79-37 while his men went 71-45. Over his years at Middlebury, Peter coached 64 NESCAC champions, 60 NCAA Division III All-Americans and five NCAA Division III National Champions. In addition to his coaching assignment at Middlebury, Peter was aquatics director and served an NESCAC Championships meet director for the 2005 and 2010 women's championships and the 2008 men's championships. He also helped establish and/or direct several camps and swimming programs at Middlebury.
Prior to his appointment at Middlebury, Peter served in the same capacity at Amherst College for four seasons, directing his 1997 women's squad to sixth place in the NCAA Division III Championships while being named New England Division III Women's Swimming Coach of the Year in both 1995 and 1996.
A 1985 graduate of North Carolina State University who went on to earn his M.A. at the University of Connecticut in 1993, Peter most recently served as an assistant swimming coach and director of operations at the University of Vermont during the 2011-12 campaign. While at N.C. St., Peter served as a team co-captain for the swim squad and was a participant in the US Olympic Trials in the 200m backstroke for the 1980 Games. He was an NCAA Division I Championships qualifier on several occasions in the 200-yard backstroke and finished as high as 15th. In 1979 he established an National Junior Olympic record in the 200-yard backstroke and competed in the US Olympic Festival in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Peter stepped into the position at Wesleyan held on an interim basis in 2011-12 by legendary coach Frank Keefe. Frank joined the staff to fill a void when 11-year veteran head swimming & diving coach and aquatics director Mary Bolich left Wesleyan to take a position in the athletic department at Penn State University.
Kailey Gardner - Assistant Coach
Kailey Gardner joins the Wesleyan athletic staff as a department intern and assistant swimming coach for the 2013-14 season. Kailey is a 2013 graduate of the University of Vermont where she swam for four years and served as a team captain as a senior. She specialized in distance freestyle, setting a program record in the 1650-yard free and was an America East Conference runner-up. Kailey coached an age-group club in Burlington, Vt. in 2011. A native of Ithaca, N.Y., Kailey was a member of a sectional team champion swimming team at Ithaca High School each of her four years.
Devon O'Nalty - Diving Coach
Devon O’Nalty, a 2008 graduate of Marist College, enters his fourth year as Wesleyan's men's and women's diving coach in 2013-14, having joined the Wesleyan coaching staff during the 2010-11 season. A four-year veteran diver at Marist, Devon capped his outstanding career by securing the three-meter title at the ECAC Division I Championship and capturing second place on the one-meter board. For his effort, Devon was rewarded with the Diver of the Meet honor. He went on to compete in the Zone A NCAA qualifying meet, placing 10th of 31 on the low board and 16th on the high board.
During his career at Marist, Devon was the James Pizzani Award winner for outstanding community service, work ethic and leadership ability. He also received the Men’ Coaches Award and was the swimming & diving team MVP. A communications major, Devon served as public relations director for Marist’s student-run TV station as a senior. He also was a student assistant in the admissions office for two years.
Currently employed as a community service representative for the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Job Center in New London, Devon also serves as assistant head coach for the Xavier High School swimming & diving team in Middletown and as diving coach for the Mercy High School squad.