July 26, 2013
MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin swimming and diving head coach Whitney Hite announced the addition of Chris Collier to the coaching staff on Friday.
Collier is joining the Badgers after spending the last two years as High Performance, Challenge and Imagination coach at North Baltimore Aquatics Club in Baltimore, Maryland.
"We are all really excited to have Chris join the program," Hite said. "His knowledge and expertise will be a great addition to the staff and will help greatly with the development of our distance program.
"He's had experience at an elite program, at an elite level and certainly that will add to what we're building at Wisconsin so we're just thrilled to have Chris and we look forward to learning with him and from him."
Assisting head coach Bob Bowman, the High Performance group placed a pair of athletes on the 2012 USA Swimming Olympic Team, earning seven gold medals, three silver medals and one bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The group sent 13 athletes to Olympic Trials with numerous finals qualifiers and earning a 2012 USA Swimming Summer Junior National women's title. Collier's athletes also earned all six national champion freestyle titles, as he placed one swimmer on their respective county's World University Games roster.
Collier also coached an athlete to the 2012 National Youth team, helping them place on the 2012 Pan Pacific Youth Team. The athlete produced two gold, one silver and one bronze medal.
In 2013, he assisted the High Performance group that qualified 11 athletes for the 2013 World Championship Trials. Collier coached the National Age Group Challenge 1650 Champion.
Collier has coached high school, YMCA and USA Swimming Club teams since 1987. He has coached four athletes to Olympic Trials, Senior National, Junior National qualifications, as well as coaching multiple swimmers to top 16 and USA Swimming all-time top 100 times. He has produced a six-time league champion team, three-time high school championship teams and multiple academic All-Americans.
Collier was a life-long resident of Newark, Del. He graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.S. in Physical Education in 1992. He's a business owner, avid runner, fitness enthusiast, a husband and father to three, Andrew (17), Melissa (13) and Ben (11).