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Longtime York High softball coach Amy Hunter has accepted the position of head swim coach at Grafton High following the resignation of Coach Whitney Riefler.
Hunter, an avid swimmer since the age of 4, initially applied for a physical education job at Grafton after receiving her certification to teach the subject at the high school level.
After being hired in May, Grafton athletic director Laura Sutton reached out to Hunter, who had stepped down last year as York’s softball coach after years, about becoming the school’s new head swim coach.
Riefler, who has coached the Clippers for five years, resigned in anticipation of the birth of her second child, which is due in November.
The role of swim coach is one Hunter has held before, most recently in 2007 when she coached York’s swim team with Steve Fisher.
After swimming competitively as a child, Hunter became an assistant swim coach at the age of 15 for the Marlbank Mudtoads, a club swim team in Yorktown. By age 18, Hunter was coaching more than 100 swimmers as the head coach of the Mudtoads.
Despite not coaching swimming at the varsity level for eight years, Hunter does not think there will be any issues as she takes over a Grafton swim team that is coming off a state championship.
“I just think I’ll take the same mindset and approach to coaching softball and working with the kids,” she said. “I’m not concerned about it at all. [Swimming is] something I’ve been doing since I was four years old.”
For now, Hunter’s main concerns are adjusting to her new positions at Grafton – Hunter will teach physical education for the first time at the high school level after teaching algebra at York High – and helping the Grafton swim program continue its recent level of success.
“I’m going to focus on the present and we’ll see after that. I’m looking forward to this year.”