UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – Even with 11 Atlantic 10 Championships under his belt and eight Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year honors, University of Richmond Swimming & Diving Head Coach Matt Barany remains motivated to adapt ahead of his competitors.
Barany's appetite for bold ideas and thoughtful growth will be important during his new five-year contract. Athletics Director Keith Gill has announced Barany will remain head coach of the women's swimming and diving program in addition to filling the role of the Director of Athletic Innovation. In his new role, Barany will assist administration on projects and will contribute to the overall growth and development of the Department of Athletics.
“As college athletics continue to change, we want our department to stay on top of the latest innovations and use of technology and Matt has done a terrific job with that in his own program,” Gill said. “We're looking for Matt to continue his success in the pool, but also use his knowledge and experience with technology and innovation to better the department as a whole.”
“I appreciate Keith's willingness to prepare for the future by sending me ahead. He has challenged me to be creative and impactful. We intend to uncover opportunities where Richmond can gain a competitive advantage and win. It is important to us that this position returns value for all Spider athletes. This is awesome!”
Under Barany's leadership, a total of 65 school marks in 16 events have been registered by Richmond swimmers. He has coached four NCAA qualifiers, two All-Americans, and seven Spiders at Olympic Trials. In February, he was inducted into the University Richmond Hall of Fame as part of the 2011 Team of Distinction.
Barany earned his MBA from Richmond in 2014. For his Capstone Project, he worked to increase access to affordable renewable energy in Kenya. He was selected as the 2014 Outstanding Graduate of the Year by the MBA Alumni Society. He remains very active on the campus as he serves as the Vice Chair of the University Staff Advisory Council.
Barany earned his B.A. in English from JMU in 1995 and finished his secondary education certificate in 1996. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, Barany taught English in Kenya from 1996-1998.
Barany currently resides in Richmond with his wife and daughter. They are expecting a son in July 2017.