Rising Gamecocks junior finishes 27th in the 400m freestyle
Class highlighted by three U.S. Olympic Trials qualifiers, several swimmers with international experience
Both Gamecock squads honored as CSCAA Scholar All-America Teams
Wich-Glasen's podium finish headlines South Carolina's efforts in Berlin
Gamecock sophomore sets three personal records, makes two A finals
The Moody File
Moody's Coaching Career
Having established South Carolina as one of the best distance programs in the country, Head Coach McGee Moody looks to continue the Gamecocks to new heights in his 12th year heading into the 2018-19 season.
Moody has overseen 57 total All-America performances during his first 11 seasons with the Gamecocks capturing a fourth consecutive top-20 finish at the men's NCAA Championships in 2018 in addition to the first top-20 finish at the women's NCAA Championships since 2004.
Coach Moody helped groom another pair of SEC Champions during the 2017-18 season which included Fynn Minuth winning the 200 fly and the 500 free to become the first South Carolina swimmer to win multiple conference championships in the same year since the Gamecocks joined the SEC in 1992.
Over his first 11 seasons at the helm, Moody has led Carolina to 58-48 dual-meet record on the men's side and a 66-53 record on the women's side. Since he took over, the Gamecocks have had 39 All-SEC performers including 12 total SEC Champions.
The 2016-17 season saw the South Carolina men's team finish 15th in the country at the NCAA Championships, its best team finish since 1988, as five Gamecocks picked up All-America honors. The Gamecocks men's team would finish 23rd in the nation in the final poll of the year, their best finish under Moody, while the women went 6-4 in their dual-meet schedule with a ninth-place finish at the SEC Championships.
Behind a fourth consecutive All-American 800 free relay team and an emerging group of underclassmen, the men's finished 17th at the 2016 NCAA Championships to earn its highest finish under Moody and best team results since 1991. The women's program was honored by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America for having the highest GPA in the nation, with a GPA of 3.73.
During the 2013-14 season, the women went 6-7 which included a win over Alabama in Tuscaloosa to give Moody his 100th career coaching victory (men and women combined). On the men's side, the Gamecocks went 6-6 on the season with an 800 freestyle relay team of Gerard Rodriguez, Alex Fitton, Michael Flach and Marwan El Kamash that earned All-America honors at the NCAA Championships. Moody also gained his first international coaching experience as he was chosen to serve as an assistant for Team USA at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia.
The Gamecock women went 7-3 during the 2011-12 season which was the best dual-meet record since 1997 and also gave Carolina back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1994-95. On the men's side, the Gamecocks went 5-4 to achieve back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1993-94.
South Carolina's men tied a school record in 2010-11 for wins in a season with a 10-1 dual-meet record. The Carolina women also finished with a winning record for the first time since 2002, posting a 7-6 dual-meet mark. Along with the dual-meet success came postseason prowess as well -- the Carolina men took seventh place at the 2011 SEC Championships, their best finish since Moody's arrival, and the Gamecock women finished in sixth place, their best showing since 2006.
In addition, South Carolina had its first-ever individual SEC Championship performance by a women's swimmer as freshman Amanda Rutqvist captured gold in the 200-yard breaststroke, setting an SEC record with her winning time. Senior diver Taryn Zack also won her second SEC crown in 1-meter diving; both advanced to the 2011 NCAA Championships. Overall at the league meet in Gainesville, the Gamecocks took down 11 school records and posted 37 NCAA provisional qualifying times (and one automatic time).
Moody's first three seasons at Carolina saw gradual improvements. The 2009-10 season was a bit of a rebuilding year, but highlights included freshman Michael Flach's bronze-medal performance in the 500 freestyle at the SEC Championships and an All-America performance by diver Taryn Zack at the NCAA Championships.
In 2008-09, the Gamecock women finished with a .500 dual-meet record for the first time since 2005 and won five meets for the first time since 2002. The women also earned their highest SEC Championships finish in three years with a seventh-place showing. The Carolina men, meanwhile, sent two swimmers -- Nick Walkotten and Kyle Cormier -- to the NCAA Championships and earned a 29th-place national finish, the best for a Carolina squad since 2005. Combined, the Carolina men and women turned in 23 NCAA provisional qualifying times and broke 14 school records.
It wasn't an easy beginning for the East Carolina graduate, but Moody made great strides with the South Carolina program in his initial season on the Horseshoe. Despite arriving on campus only a month before the start of the 2007-08 season, Moody oversaw a successful transition as Carolina sent three swimmers to the NCAA Championships. Walkotten and Dominique Lendjel represented the Gamecock men while Christy Williams swam for the women.
Aside from NCAA competition, Moody saw even more success as nine Gamecock swimmers competed in the Olympic Trials. One swimmer, then-sophomore Sharntelle McLean, represented her home country of Trinidad & Tobago in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. In addition, then-rising senior Nicholas Walkotten competed at the Short Course World Championships.
Prior to his arrival in Columbia, Moody spent three years at William & Mary where his teams achieved 559 lifetime best swims, 301 all-time Tribe top-10 performances, 46 school records and 18 gold medals at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships. The Tribe swimming program also excelled academically. The women received Academic All-America honors in each semester under Moody's tutelage. He earned the conference's Coach of the Year honor in 2007 after leading his women's team (8-4, 6-2 CAA) to the first Colonial Athletic Association Championship in the program's 80-year history with a record-tying 12 gold medals. In doing so, the squad swept the conference awards by winning Performer of the Meet, Swimmer of the Year and Rookie of the Year. The men's program finished with a winning record (6-3-1, 5-2-1 CAA) for the first time since 1998-99, and finished fourth at the conference meet behind a pair of runner-up performances and a host of bronze medals.
In 2005-06, the Tribe women's team improved upon its fourth-place conference finish in 2005 by taking second, passing George Mason on the final day of the CAA Championships. During the season, the women were even more impressive, posting a 10-4 ledger (8-1 CAA), to set the school record for conference wins in a season. In the conference, their only blemish was against eventual champion UNC Wilmington. The men also experienced improvement, achieving five dual-meet wins for the first time since 1999 and posting a .500 mark (4-4) in the conference. They also improved on their result at the conference championship, riding a bevy of personal records in the last two days to a fifth-place finish.
Prior to becoming a head coach, Moody spent four seasons as an assistant men's swimming coach at the United States Naval Academy from 2001 to 2004. During his tenure at Navy, Moody coached the Midshipmen's first NCAA automatic qualifier since 1996 in addition to guiding numerous NCAA, Senior National and Olympic Trial qualifiers. His 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams finished the season ranked in the top 25 of the world.
Moody also made an impact in the Navy record book, with his athletes setting all of the top-10 fastest times in school history in both the 50 and 100 freestyles. Building his athletes into academic success stories as well, Navy's men's swimming team was awarded Academic All-America honors all three seasons from 2001-2004 under Moody's direction.
Moody got his coaching start at his alma mater, East Carolina University, where he was the top assistant swim coach for both men and women from 1996-2000. While working in nearly every facet of the program at East Carolina, Moody coached over 25 varsity record holders.
A 1998 graduate of East Carolina, Moody swam on the Pirates' varsity squad for four seasons, setting several freshman records and captaining the team his junior and senior years. Moody was also an Olympic Trials qualifier in the 200 freestyle in 1992.
Moody, who earned both a bachelor's degree in psychology and master's in sports administration from ECU, is an active professional in the swimming community. He also served in the United States Navy, attaining the rank of Lieutenant. A member of both the American Swimming Coaches Association and the College Swimming Coaches Association of America, he has served as the chair of the latter's Media Relations Committee since 2001. He and his wife, Monica, have four daughters: Sydney, Olivia, Lily and Whitney.
- Women's Sports
- Fan Zone
- Gamecock Club
- Academic Services
- Active Gamecocks
- Annual Reports
- Brag Points
- Communications and Public Relations
- Community Outreach
- Compliance Services
- Facility Rentals
- Facility Projects
- Football Strength & Conditioning
- Gamecock Gala
- All Access