Reno, Nev. - University of Nevada swimming & diving head coach Mike Richmond has announced the hiring of Eric Skelly as assistant coach for the Wolf Pack. Skelly will coach the Pack distance swimmers but also coordinate recruiting, academics and NCAA compliance.
“I am excited to be here and look forward to carrying on the excellent tradition taht Nevada has developed,” said Skelly.
He comes to Nevada after three years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Ind. where he worked with the women’s and men’s swim teams. The Crusaders primary recruiter during his tenure he worked with the distance swimmers and individual medley specialists. The squad established 19 school records and earned team academic All-America honors the last five semesters receiving a superior rating with a grade point average of 3.25 or higher five times. In addition to coaching and recruiting he helped develop a comprehensive weight and dry land conditioning program.
Prior to working at Valparaiso he spent three years as the assistant aquatics director and head age group coach at the Crawford Aquatic Center in Crawfordsville, Ind. where he worked with the Sugar Creek Swim Club. He coached several state champions and nationally ranked athletes of which 12 broke 17 team records. He also spent four years as the head age group coach for the Decatur Swim Club in Decatur, Ill. His coach resume includes a year as a volunteer assistant coach at Millikin University in Decatur, Ill. and a year as the head swimming coach and assistant aquatics director at the Shelby “Y” Community Center in Shelby, Ohio.
As a collegiate swimmer he earned All-America honors six times competing in the backstroke and distance freestyle for Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio from 1994-97. He helped Ashland reach NCAA II Championships four times during his career, earning top 10 finishes three times in 1995, 1996 and 1997. The team’s top finish was fourth in 1997. An outstanding high school swimmer at Glenoak High School in Canton, Ohio he was a four-time All-Ohio selection, All-Federal League award winner and Northeast Aquatic Conference award winner. He captained GHS to its only district title in 1993 while qualifying for the Ohio High School State Championship in four events.
He is a Level 3 coach and is SwimAmerica Instructor certified by the American Swimming Coaches Association. In addition he holds an AED Certification, lifeguard license and first aid for the professional rescuer license from the American Red Cross along with a certified pool operator license from the National Swimming Pool Foundation.
He received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from the University of Phoenix in 2005 and completed work on a master degree in sports administration in 2007 at Valparaiso. Eric and his wife Jennifer have two sons Drake age six and Connor four.
"We are incredibly fortunate to Eric join our Wolf Pack staff,” said Richmond. “His work ethic, dedication and passion for the sport which he will bring to our staff will be a great asset to our team. We are in a position to take the program to the next level, and I truly believe Eric will be a very, very important part in helping us get there. As great of a coach as he is, is only surpassed by how great of a person he is. I'm truly honored to have him here in Reno, and I look forward to not only a great season, but an exciting future as well!"