LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn has announced that John Geissinger has been promoted from a non-faculty position of assistant swimming coach to the faculty position of assistant swimming coach and assistant professor of physical education.
"I would like to thank both Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn and Head Swimming Coach Kami Gardner for this opportunity," said Geissinger. "We have a unique opportunity ahead of us as we embark on the first year of our aquatics program being combined. Coming off a record-setting year for both the men's and women's teams our sights are set quite high. I look forward to working with Coach Gardner to ensure that Washington and Lee becomes the ultimate destination for student-athletes looking for that elite blend of academic rigor and athletic success."
"I am thrilled that John has accepted a more permanent position with W&L and our aquatics staff," said Gardner. "Over the past two years, he has proven to be an enthusiastic motivator for our student athletes and an outstanding recruiter. John is a connoisseur of the sport who is always looking for new and better ways to help our swimmers achieve their goals. I have no doubt as we enter this new combined phase of swimming at W&L, John will play an essential role in its success."
Geissinger has served as the assistant coach for the men's and women's swimming teams for the last two years, helping both teams set four school records during the 2011-12 season. He has also helped guide the women to a pair of Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championships, while assisting the men to a 16th-place finish at the NCAA Championships this past spring.
"I am pleased to offer John this promotion and I am excited to have him continue his early professional career at W&L," said Hathorn. "John has a demonstrated ability to relate to our young men and women athletes in our swimming program, and is a very passionate and knowledgeable coach. His successful experiences as a collegiate swimmer are a great asset to our program and I am confident will continue to help our teams achieve excellence in the classroom and in the pool. I look forward to serving beside John in the coming years."
Geissinger came to W&L after spending one year as an intern with IMG Media. A 2009 graduate of Denison University with a bachelor of arts degree in history, he was a four-year member of the Big Red swimming team. A four-time NCAA Division III Championship qualifier, he earned All-America honors 22 times during his career, setting five Denison records and seven conference records.
He was the 2009 NCAC Swimmer of the Year and helped Denison set the NCAA Division III record in the 800 free relay.