Head Coach Michael Viscardi
Office Phone: 304-829-7399
Michael Viscardi is in his first season at the helm of the Bethany College Swimming & Diving programs.
"We are pleased to welcome Michael to Bethany as our new head swimming & diving coach," said Rose. "His knowledge and especially his enthusiasm for working with student-athletes make him a good fit for the program. We are looking forward to seeing how Michael can continue the success we've achieved over the last four years."
For Viscardi, accepting his first head coaching position with the Bison was all about continuing to build the program within the foundation of the College.
“I am really looking forward to getting the chance to lead the swimming & diving programs at Bethany,” remarked Viscardi. “One thing that people will notice about me is my dedication to education and I feel that Bethany embodies what it means to be a Division III institution. I really respect the dedication to the student-athlete, as well as doing all things possible to get students prepared for life after college.”
Viscardi comes to Bethany after serving one season as an assistant coach with Union College, an institution in Barbourville, Ky. which competes in the Appalachian Athletic Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
During his one season with the Bulldogs, Viscardi helped lead Union to a combined dual-meet record of 17-6, which included a 10-2 mark on the women’s side. Under his tutelage, both programs also swam to third-place finishes at their conference meets, as well as placed in the top ten at the NAIA National Championships.
Overall, Viscardi helped lead nine top-eight finishers at the NAIA National Championships, as well as coached freshman Cameron Donaldson to two NAIA All-American honors. Overall in his one year as an assistant with the Bulldogs, eight swimmers total from the men’s and women’s side earned NAIA or College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) All-American honors following the 2014-15 campaign.
Prior to his time with Union College, Viscardi spent two seasons as coach for both McEachern High School and the Stingrays Swim Team in Powder Springs, Ga. During that time, he worked a variety of age ranges, developing training programs as well as giving technique-based instruction to individual swimmers.
“One of the first things people notice about my coaching style is how much I preach being a student of the sport,” said Viscardi of his coaching philosophy. “I want my athletes to gain as much knowledge as possible about the fundamentals and ins and outs of the program to make them better performers overall.
“I want to thank Brian Rose and the search committee as a whole for giving me this great opportunity, and I look forward to continuing to build the tradition of the Bethany College swimming & diving program.”
Assistant Coach Andrew Foley
Office Phone: 304-829-7259
Assistant Coach Andrew Foley enters his first season with the Bethany swimming & diving programs. He will serve as the head assistant and will also be the head diving coach for both teams.
Foley joins the Bethany Swimming & Diving staff after serving multiple positions as head diving coach at Framingham and Wayland high schools. In 2014, Foley helped lead Wayland to the boy’s diving conference championships.
During the 2014-15 season, Foley coached nine different divers to top-ten conference finishes (Framingham in the fall and Wayland in the winter semesters). Of those nine athletes, four also earned top-ten marks during state competitions. Along with his duties at local high schools, Foley also served as the diving coach and aquatics supervisor at the Heritage Pool & Racquet Club where he coached and trained divers between the ages of 8-17 for competitive summer leagues.
Foley is enrolled in Bethany's Master of Arts in Teaching Program.