Emmitsburg, Md. (August 19, 2016) -- The Mount St. Mary's University men's and women's swimming and diving programs have announced the addition of Assistant Coaches Zander Taylor and Kristie Langford for the 2016-17 season. The pair of coaches join the staff for the inaugural season of Mount men's swimming and diving.
"With the addition of men's swimming and the expansion of the women's roster, adding staff was imperative," said Head Coach Neil Yost. "Both Zander and Kristie come from strong and diverse collegiate backgrounds and should bring new ideas and a fresh enthusiasm with them. I am excited to work with them in providing opportunities for success and growth for our swimming students."
Taylor joins the staff after spending three years as an assistant coach with the Alfred University men's and women's swimming and diving programs. During his time at Alfred, Taylor's duties included distance training, strength and conditioning, recruiting and organizing practice sessions. Taylor helped guide Alfred swimmers to 26 school records and 10 NCAA "B" cut times, and also coached one NCAA qualifier, one NCAA diving regionals qualifier and three Academic All-Americans.
Taylor, a two-year team captain during his career at SUNY Potsdam, set seven school records, was a four-time SUNYAC champion and posted six NCAA "B" cut qualifying times. Taylor was named the 2012 SUNYAC Most Outstanding Swimmer, claiming gold in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events at conference championships while setting the SUNYAC record in the 200. He followed it up with gold in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes once again at the 2013 championships and broke his own record in the 200.
Taylor graduated from SUNY Potsdam in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in history and social studies education, and received his master's degree in literacy education from Alfred University in 2015.
Langford enters her first season as part of the Mount St. Mary's coaching staff following a four-year standout career at UMBC. The Port Hope, Ontario native was a team captain in each of her final two seasons, helping lead the Retrievers to back-to-back America East Conference Championships. During her senior season, Langford posted three top-five individual finishes at the championships, claiming second place in the 50 free, third in the 100 free and fifth in the 200 free. She was also part of the 200 medley relay team that set a school record and placed first to claim gold.
Langford graduated from UMBC this past summer with a bachelor's degree in biology and a minor in psychology.