MURFREESBORO- Chowan University will officially add women's swimming as a sponsored sport for the 2016-17 academic year. Matt Hood will be the head coach
"I am very excited to be joining Chowan University as the women's swimming coach. It is a wonderful opportunity to be able to build a new program and to bring the Hawks' tradition of athletic success to the pool. Stepping onto campus I really felt like Chowan is where God called me to be; teaching young women the skills for success not only in the pool, but skills that will carry into the classroom, workplace and life after college," stated Hood.
Vice President/Director of Athletics, Ozzie McFarland noted, "As I researched coaches to start a swimming program, I quickly settled on the name Matt Hood. I was told by career coaches that Matt is the person that they would choose to start a program. His work ethic, faith and loyalty are beyond reproach and will be the perfect fit for our department and our school. Matt and his wife, Allie, will be outstanding representatives of our university and our community."
With the addition of women's swimming, Chowan's athletic department supports 17 athletic teams with seven men's programs and ten women's programs as well as a co-ed cheerleading team.
Hood will spend the next sixteen months recruiting for Chowan and implementing the Hawks' first recruiting class.
Hood has spent the last four years with Lehigh Valley Aquatics in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. After serving as an assistant coaching for a USA Club team, Hood was promoted to head coach and grew the team from a low of 44 swimmers to over 70 in less than one year. Under Hood's direction, the club team had multiple high school PIAA State qualifiers in both AA and AAA divisions and has seen all of the team's high school seniors advance to swim at the college level.
Hood managed a group of over 70 swimmers ages 6-18 during his time with Lehigh Valley Aquatics. He created their competition schedule, led them through individually planned practices and also managed the team's financial records in conjunction with the Lehigh Valley Aquatics board.