Army West Point head swimming and diving coach Brandt Nigro announced the addition of Christa Saunders to his staff on Wednesday.
"I'm beyond excited to have Christa join our swim and dive program here at Army West Point," Nigro said. "She is a great coach, an awesome mentor, and really takes the time to get to know her athletes. She is one of the top up and coming young coaches in college swimming right now and we are very lucky to have her with us.
"I had the privilege of getting to know Christa over the last few years while coaching at N.C. State. Each summer she would work our swim camps and spend time on deck with our staff as we coached our college and pro athletes. I was always impressed by her knowledge and understanding of the sport, but more importantly for the passion and excitement she brought on deck each day. Army West Point swimming and diving has exciting days ahead and I know we will be even better with Christa on board."
Saunders arrives at West Point following a one-year stint as an assistant coach at East Carolina. She will serve as an assistant coach with the Black Knights and carry the role of women's recruiting coordinator.
In her lone year with the Pirates, she helped the men's team capture the 2020 American Athletic Conference (AAC) title. ECU won five individual conference events and four relay championships en route to claiming the team title with 18 athletes earning all-conference accolades in one or more event. Three athletes qualified or the NCAA Championship meet and received All-America honors with her assistance. In Saunders primary group that she worked with, there was one men's AAC champion and seven total AAC podium finishers.
Prior to her time with the Pirates, Saunders spent two seasons as an assistant coach at UConn. While in Storrs, Conn., she helped the Huskies post 395 personal best times, 26 NCAA 'B' qualifying marks and 27 school records in addition to registering 149 top-10 all-time performances and four AAC Championship event victories. Read more.