Pack places third at MW Championship
Nevada has won 10 or more duals each of the last four years with the team posting back-to-back 14 wins season going 14-1 a year ago and 14-3 the previous season. The 2001-02 team went 10-2 and the 2002-03 squad was 10-1. The Pack have posted winning dual records each of Shrader's six seasons.
This past summer he was an assistant coach with USA Swimming at the 2005 World Championships that were held in Montreal, Canada. Shrader coached the open water swim team to its best ever performance with the team capturing a gold and two silver medals. In honor of his coaching accomplishments this past summer he will be a guest of honor at the 2005 Golden Goggle Awards in New York in November.
Shrader attained the highest possible certification from The American Swimming Coaches Association in the summer of 2002 attaining level five status. He met all the areas within the certification structure of achievement, education and experience of The American Swimming Coaches Association to be certified at Level: 5 NCAA Division I.
Placing an importance on academics, the team posted a 3.27 grade point average during the 2001-02 season which ranked in the top 30 in the United States for NCAA Division I institutions. The 2002-03 team achieved a 2.92 grade point average, the 2003-04 squads earned a 3.01 gpa, and the 2004-05 team posted a 2.95 gpa which earned all three teams Academic All-America honors. In all the last four Nevada team's have garnered Academic All-America Honors as selected by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. Nevada's lone senior in 2002-03, Ashley Clendenin earned a 3.96 grade point average and garnered honorable mention All-America and Verizon All-District VIII academic honors.
During his career, Shrader has worked with national champions, world record holders and Olympians at both SMU and the University of Nevada.
The Texas native directed the Pack to a fifth consecutive Big West Conference title in 2000 and led a successful transition into the nationally-competitive Western Athletic Conference.
Shrader became part of the Wolf Pack family in the fall of 1999, after coaching in Amarillo, Texas, and at SMU in Dallas, Texas. In Amarillo, Shrader built one of the strongest swim teams in the Southwestern United States by leading numerous swimmers to state championships and to Junior and Senior Nationals.
Before heading to Amarillo, Shrader was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at SMU. While there, he helped the team place in the top 12 at the NCAA Championships three times, including a sixth-place finish. In his years in Dallas, the Mustangs had five national champions, two world record holders and four Olympians.
"What I like most about coaching is developing personal relationships with our student-athletes and helping them be successful in all areas of their lives," Shrader said.
Shrader is no stranger to the pool as a swimmer, either. While attending Midland College, he was a Junior College National Champion and a seven-time All-American, while leading the team to a second-place finish at the Junior College National Championships.
His collegiate career came to an end at Texas A&M University, where he earned All-Southwest Conference honors and was a Senior National Qualifier.
In his first year at Nevada, Shrader found instant success with a 13th-place finish at the NCAA Championships, including two-time national champion Limin Liu, who set two NCAA records. In addition, the team had four swimmers earn All-America honors.
Shrader's coaching style and beliefs focus on the idea of teamwork. He believes in order for the team to be successful, they must have fun together while doing it. He tries to keep the team in a family atmosphere, all being very close.
"I believe in having a very close team of student-athletes, who support each other in all areas of their lives," Shrader said. "This is the real power in having a close team."
Shrader earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Texas A&M and his Master of Science in Exercise and Sports Science from West Texas A&M University.
He is married to the former Catherine More of Scottsdale, Ariz. The couple resides in Reno.