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Williamsburg Christian Academy is making a splash with the hiring of Anne Anderson as the inaugural head coach of the school’s swimming program.
A former Division III All-American swimmer for the College of Wooster and head coach for William & Mary’s swim team from 1985 to 1994, Anderson brings a wealth of swimming knowledge to the new program.
Most recently serving as an assistant swim coach for Lafayette High School, Anderson resigned from the position in April to spend more time with her family. She was convinced Lafayette would be her last coaching gig.
When Williamsburg Aquatic Club fired Anderson’s longtime friend and colleague Harold Baker, Anderson made her way to WAC meetings organized in response to Baker’s firing.
It was at one of those meetings she was introduced to Jeff Sullivan, the Williamsburg Christian Academy swim team coordinator. Sullivan, who has been spearheading the creation of WCA’s new swim program, told Anderson about the new team being formed and wanted her to be the head coach.
“The idea of being a part of something new and being able to pour knowledge into kids was very appealing to me,” Anderson said.
Intrigued by the opportunity to build a program from scratch, Anderson agreed to become the school’s first head swimming coach.
The WCA coaching position will be different from any position Anderson has ever held.
After graduating from the College of Wooster, Anderson spent three seasons at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a graduate assistant with the swim program.
At the age of 25, Anderson was hired by William & Mary to become the women’s swim coach before taking over as the program director for nine years. Anderson holds the distinction of the winningest swim coach in Tribe history.
Anderson stopped coaching at William & Mary in 1994 when she began having children and did not resume coaching until she took an assistant coaching position with Lafayette High School in 2005.
With each coaching stop, Anderson was able to coach high-quality swimmers in an established setting.
WCA, on the other hand, will be uncharted territory.
WCA is the only Metro Conference school to have a swim program, which means finding opponents will be a challenge. Anderson also remains uncertain of how many students will actually turn out for the new swim team.
Despite so many uncertainties surrounding the new Eagles swim program, Anderson believes the swim team will be healthy for WCA.
“Everybody [at Williamsburg Christian Academy] does a sport. In the winter they have basketball and cheerleading. Swimming gives them the opportunity to do something different,” Anderson said. “I think it’s going to be interesting to see how many kids come out for swimming.”
While some would be turned off by the prospects of starting a new team, Anderson embraces the opportunity to develop a new group a children.
“I love that challenge,” she said.