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.
Devon O'Nalty - Diving Coach
Devon O'Nalty came aboard the Wesleyan coaching staff as the program's Head Men’s and Women’s Diving Coach during the 2010–11 season, and redeveloped the university’s diving team. Within his first six years with the program, Devon has coached a two-time NCAA Division III National Qualifier, multiple University record-holding athletes, multiple top-8 finishers at the NESCAC Men’s and Women’s Conference Championships, and was also awarded the 2015–16 NESCAC Men’s Diving Coach of the Year award. In addition to his success as a collegiate coach, Devon has also coached multiple high school athletes in the Greater Middletown area. Having coached athletes from Xavier, Mercy and Middletown High Schools, Devon has developed multiple State-Open qualifiers who were later recruited to an array of college-level programs.
Devon is a 2008 graduate and four-year veteran of the Marist College Red Foxes. During his final year at Marist, Devon capped his outstanding career by securing the “Men’s Diver of the Meet” honors at the ECAC Division 1 Championship. Soon after, Devon continued his success at the NCAA Division 1 Zone A qualifying meet where he placed 10th of 31 on the 1-meter board and 16th on the 3-meter board. Devon was later awarded the team’s MVP and received the Coach’s award for his successes throughout his senior season. In addition to his success and honors in the pool, Devon was named the James Pizzani Award winner for demonstrating outstanding community service, work ethic and leadership qualities.