Ned Skinner Tabbed to Lead Virginia
Roanoke, VA. Ned Skinner will become the head coach of the
Roanoke-based Virginia Gators swim team starting April 2021.
Skinner comes to the Gators after a 2-year stint as the head swim
coach at Hollins University.
“I am very excited to accept the opportunity with the
Gators and lead this outstanding program moving forward. I
have known this team for many years and have coached multiple
outstanding swimmers from the Gators. Doug Fonder established
a high standard of excellence and I look forward to building upon
his achievements with the club.”
Skinner was the head coach at Virginia Tech for 20 years and
coached the teams to 4 conference titles including the 2014
men’s ACC Championship. He coached over 100
All-American performances at the school as well as over 50
conference champions. In addition, Skinner (who earned his
Ph. D at VT), was named a USA Swimming National Team Coach after
Robert Owen placed 6th at the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials
in 2016. Coach Skinner is the co-founder of 2 different club
swim teams and has remained active in youth swimming through
coaching high school swimming and running camps and clinics.
Prior to Virginia Tech, Dr. Skinner was the Director of Swimming
at The College of William & Mary. He coached the
men’s and women’s teams for four seasons and guided the
program to multiple school records, conference champions, and
improved conference finishes. Skinner started his head
coaching career at Central Connecticut State University where he
served in that role for four seasons.
Skinner and his wife Allison, an attorney for the US Government,
have two children and live in Blacksburg.