A proven leader in the coaching profession, McGee Moody begins his 10th season as the head swimming and diving coach at the University of South Carolina. He and his staff continue to build the South Carolina program and strive toward the elite level of the sport through effective training methods and tireless recruiting efforts.
In his nine previous years at the helm, Moody has overseen a successful stretch for the Carolina swimming and diving program. Last season, the Gamecock men earned their highest finish at the NCAA Championships since 2000, placing 19th. For the third-straight season, the team's 800 freestyle relay earned All-America honors. The women finished with nine dual-meet wins on the season, the most since 2002.
In the 2015-16 season, the men's program finished 17th at the 2016 NCAA Championships, earning 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.
In the 2013-14 season, the women went 6-7, including 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. Carolina's 800 freestyle relay team of Gerard Rodriguez, Alex Fitton, Michael Flach and Marwan El Kamash earned All-America honors for finishing 15th in the event at the NCAA Championships. Flach had a strong individual showing at the SEC Championships, winning silver in the 500 freestyle. 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.
During the 2011-12 season, the Gamecock women went 7-2, which was one of the best records in program history. The winning season 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.
During the 2010-11 season, the Gamecock men equaled the school record for wins in a single season, finishing 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). Rutqvist and sophomore men's swimmer Michael Flach earned All-America honors for the first time in their respective careers as well.
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.
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.
In 2007, Moody earned the conference's Coach of the Year honor 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.
Moody spent four seasons as an assistant men's swimming coach at the United States Naval Academy. 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. He was the top assistant swim coach for both men and women for the Pirates 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.
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