HANOVER, N.H. – James Holder, who will be entering his first season as head coach of the Dartmouth men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams in 2016-17, has completed his staff.
Eliot Scymanski will return for his second season with the Big Green programs, while Athena Miller will fill the role of second assistant.
Miller spent the 2015-16 season as an assistant coach at Duke, where she worked primarily with the sprint group. During her one season with the Blue Devils, she coached a total of 14 NCAA qualifiers, four male NCAA All-Americans, and one Olympic Trials qualifier, seeing 33 school records broken in 18 events. She also served as an adjunct professor, teaching two classes in endurance swimming.
“We are excited to have someone with Athena's experience and knowledge join our staff,” Holder said. “She has experience working with some very high-level athletes in an academically challenging environment, which I think will be a great fit for our program. I am excited to work with her.”
Prior to her stint in Durham, Miller served as head coach of the men’s and women’s teams at Defiance College – a Division III institution in Ohio – from 2012-15. She took over at the helm of the Yellow Jackets’ program in its second year, recruiting student-athletes to help start up the teams.
Miller spent four seasons as the head coach at Stow Munroe Falls High School in Stow, Ohio. During that time, she also worked as an assistant coach for the Firestone Akron Swim Team, guiding a pair of athletes to Ohio’s Division I state qualifying marks and mentoring an Olympic trials qualifier.
A native of Wadsworth, Ohio, Miller swam and pole-vaulted at the University of Mount Union. She graduated in 2008 with a degree in business administration and went on to receive a master’s in sport psychology from Capella University in 2012 and an MBA in sport management from Defiance in 2015.