Josh Garner returns to the Retrievers for his second season as assistant coach after spending two years as a graduate assistant at the University of Virginia.
“We’re excited to have Josh on our staff,” UMBC head coach Chad Cradock said. “We know he can bring us many new ideas that will help our program move to the next level.”
Garner spent two seasons at nationally ranked Virginia before coming to UMBC, assisting as the Cavalier men won their seventh and eighth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference titles, and the women were runners-up both years. Numerous Virginia swimmers achieved All-ACC and All-America status. Garner assisted with the distance and individual medley stroke groups with the Cavaliers.
While pursuing a Master’s degree in sports psychology at Virginia’s Curry School of Education, Garner also coordinated sports psychology education for the Cavalier swimming and diving teams.
Garner spent the 2003-04 season as an assistant coach at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, and he has also coached at the Schroeder YMCA in Wisconsin, as well as at several swim camps in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida and Virginia.
A four-year swimmer at Connecticut College, Garner graduated with honors in 2003 with a degree in psychology and resides in Baltimore, Md.