Ned Skinner took over as the Head Swim Coach and Aquatics Director at Hollins University in August of 2019.
Skinner comes to Hollins after a very distinguished, 20-year coaching career at Virginia Tech. Starting in 1998, Skinner led the Hokies to four conference championships while seeing more than 100 student-athletes turn in All-American performances. In addition to the All-Americans, Skinner coached 50 individual Conference Champions, a trio of Olympians, and a member of the USA National Team. During an eight-year stretch from 2008-2016, Skinner coached five different USA Olympic Trial swimmers that reached the semi-final and final rounds. In 2016-17, Skinner also served as a coach on the United States Swimming National Team staff. In addition to collegiate and national team coaching, Skinner presented at multiple swim camps and clinics as well as various national conventions and conferences. Shortly after arriving at Tech, Skinner founded and served as director of the Maroon and Orange Swim Camps from 2000-2018. In 2004 Skinner earned his Ph.D in Education Curriculum and Instruction at Virginia Tech.
Prior to coming to Virginia Tech, Skinner served as the Director of Swimming at the College of William & Mary, a position he held from 1994-1998. Ned earned his bachelor’s degree at Louisiana State University before pursuing his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Ohio University. Upon receiving his M.S. in Athletic Administration degree at Ohio, Skinner got his first chance to be a head coach at Central Connecticut State University.
After leaving Virginia Tech in the spring of 2018, Skinner went back to his swim instruction roots by taking a volunteer position on the staff at Blacksburg High School. Skinner will continue to reside in the New River Valley with his wife, Allison, and their children, Samantha and Jack.