Feinberg steps down as Hood's swim coach

Feinberg steps down as Hood's swim coach

FREDERICK, Md. - Don Feinberg, the head swimming coach at Hood College for the past 19 seasons, has resigned to take the same position at Thomas University.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed the past 19 seasons at Hood," he said. "I want to thank all of the administrators and fellow coaches I've had the chance to work with over the years. They all played a role in the growth of the program, the addition of the men's team and the construction of the Huntsinger Aquatics Center. Having the opportunity to work with so many student-athletes, the student body an the community was a great experience. While I'm looking forward to the next challenge, my roots will always be in Maryland."

A national search will be conducted for his successor. Assistant coach Ashley Gardner will serve as the interim head coach and aquatics director.

"In this last year Don has impressed me with his knowledge in swimming and aquatics," said Director of Athletics Dr. Susan Kolb. "This was an outstanding year for him with a boost in aquatics revenue and high numbers in recruiting. I know this decision is what is best for him and his family, but we will certainly miss him being a Hood Blazer."

A member of the Maryland Swimming Hall of Fame, Feinberg coach the Blazer women since 2001 and is the only coach in the 15-year history of men's swimming at Hood. He won 152 total dual meets on the pool deck for the Blazers, including posting a 48-35-1 record with the men since 2012-13.

On top of numerous all-conference accolades from the Capital Athletic Conference and the Atlantic Women's Colleges Conference prior to 2012, his swimmers earned 220 All-Middle Atlantic Conference honors since joining the conference, including 123 men's accolades.

Feinberg has put together an impressive resumé in his 40-plus years of coaching. He has coached swimmers who have been ranked in the top 50 in the world (including one ranked in the top 10), swimmers who have placed as high as second at the United States National Championships and three swimmers who have qualified for the United States Olympic Team Trials (including one who placed sixth in two events).

Prior to arriving at Hood, Feinberg coached across town at Frederick High School and led the Cadets to 136 consecutive victories over a 14-year period, a national public school record. During his tenure as head coach of the Monocacy Aquatic Club (MAC), he coached in two U.S. Olympic Trials and in numerous U.S. National Championships.

A longtime resident of Frederick, Maryland, Feinberg was inducted into the Frederick County Sports Hall of Fame in February 2001 for his contributions to the sport both on and off the pool deck.

Feinberg, a former nationally ranked triathlete, is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a degree in agricultural business management. He also earned a degree in physical education from Shepherd (W.Va.) College.