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GW Men's Swimming vs. Bucknell (10.19.2013) Photo by: Molly Riley
GW vs. Bucknell (10.19.2013) Photo by: Molly Riley
GW vs. Drexel (11.03.2012) Photos by: James Lang
Head Coach Dan Rhinehart is in his 17th year at the helm of the GW men's and women's swimming programs in 2014-15.
During the past 16 seasons under the direction of Coach Rhinehart, the Colonials have rewritten the university's record book by establishing 81 school records and 14 Atlantic 10 records. Since joining GW in 1995, Coach Rhinehart has erased every single school record bar except one - the men's 1,000-yard freestyle. Coach Rhinehart has coached a total of 74 Atlantic 10 Champions, eight conference Swimmers of the Year and has produced six athletes with NCAA Division I Championship consideration times, the most recent being Phillip Graeter in 2013. Three of these athletes continued on to compete in the NCAA Championships. Following the 2010-11 A-10 Championships at which the men's squad finished fourth, Coach Rhinehart was tabbed the Co-Atlantic 10 Men's Swimming Coach of the Year.
In addition to these historic performances, GW swimmers have also found success in the classroom as the Colonials have earned College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Team status for eight straight semesters for a total of four years. Under the direction of Coach Rhinehart, 61 swimmers have been named to the Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team, and the 2013-14 season marked the eighth straight year that at lease one Colonials swimmer was named to the squad.
Under Coach Rhinehart's guidance, four-time team MVP Caroline Myers was the 2014 recipient of the Lynn George Outstanding Female Student-Athlete - the top senior athletic award. He also saw Phillip Graeter take home the J. Dallas Shirley Outstanding Male Student-Athlete award in 2013. Following the 2012-13 season, Graeter became the first-ever GW swimmer to earn Capital One Academic All-America Division I Men's At-Large Third Team honors, and was the first Colonials student-athlete to earn the distinguished award since 2008.
Prior to his position as head coach, Rhinehart served as the assistant coach for the Colonials for three seasons. He has been involved with swimming and coaching since 1976, working with a wide variety of athletes including Olympic and world-ranked swimmers. He came to the Washington area from San Diego, Calif., where he was the head swim coach at Mt. Carmel High School for five years. Under his direction, several swimmers qualified for high school All-America status, while his boys' team was ranked nationally in 1993. While in San Diego, Coach Rhinehart also served as the founder, head coach and president of the PQ Aquatics Corporation, a United States Swim program, from 1991-95.
Preceding his stint in San Diego, Coach Rhinehart was an assistant swim coach at Brown University in Providence, R.I., from 1984-90. In addition to his duties at Brown, he coached the Little Rhody Aquatic Club where he developed nationally and internationally ranked swimmers. Coach Rhinehart resides in Rockville, Md., with his wife, Jenny.