MISENHEIMER, N.C. - Pfeiffer VP for Athletics Bob Reasso has announced the hiring of Alex de la Pena as the Head Coach of the women's swimming team after Amy Prior resigned.
"We are sad to see Amy leave," commented Reasso. "She did a great job for us in a short period of time. I know she didn't want to leave but circumstances made it so she had to. However, we are very fortunate to find a coach of Alex's ability. He brings a wealth of experience with him and I think he is going to do a tremendous job."
"Being a part of the Pfeiffer women's swimming program was truly an honor," commented Prior. "Although my time with them was cut short, I know the team will do great things this season. I will be watching and cheering them on."
Most recently, de la Pena was the Assistant Director, Swimming and Strength and Conditioning Coach at Cleveland Sports Institute and has held Division I coaching positions at North Carolina at Wilmington, Brown University and Monmouth University.
"I am looking forward to the opportunity of coaching the swim team at Pfeiffer," commented de la Pena. "It is an honor and privilege to coach and work with student-athletes at the collegiate level. The University itself has a lot of positive momentum and I am glad swimming will be a part of that. I would like to thank Coach Reasso and the administration for selecting me for this position."
As an Assistant Coach at UNC Wilmington, de la Pena coached several record holders and top-eight performers. In addition to his duties in coaching, de la Pena assisted with recruiting, workout plans, organizing team travel, planning summer camps and clinics as well as teaching in the exercise science program.
After a two year hiatus, the swimming program was reinstated in January and will renew competition this fall.