Staff
Head Swim Coach Dartmouth College
James Holder

James Holder is entering his second season as head coach of the men's and women's swimming and diving programs in 2017-18.

In 2016-17, the Big Green men won the Dartmouth Invitational by defeating UMass over the course of the two-day meet. At the 2017 Ivy League Championship, Dartmouth took seventh with 561 points and was highlighted by David Harmon breaking his own school record in the 100 fly. At the conclusion of the season, Joby Bernstein was named Academic All-Ivy.

The Big Green women's team also won the Dartmouth Invitational, easily defeating the Minutewomen. Dartmouth placed eighth at the 2017 Ivy Championship with 358 points and were highlighted by AnnClaire MacArt's finishes in the 500 and 1650 free. Amy Sun was named Academic All-Ivy at the end of the year.

A 2000 graduate of Princeton, Holder completed six seasons at the helm of the Georgetown men's and women's swimming and diving teams before arriving in Hanover.

During his time at Georgetown, Holder guided his student-athletes to over 60 school records and 56 All-Big East selections. In 2014-15, he was named the Big East Men's Co-Coach of the Year, while also earning Georgetown's Outstanding Coaching Achievement Award. That season, he helped lead Molly Fitzpatrick to a U.S. Olympic Trials qualifying time in the 200 breast, becoming the first swimmer in program history to qualify for the event.

Prior to his appointment with the Hoyas, Holder spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Princeton, his alma mater. While with the Tigers, he was part of four Ivy League Championships and coached nine NCAA qualifiers and eight All-Americans. While in New Jersey, Holder worked primarily with the sprint, middle distance and stroke groups, developing workouts that also included strength and aerobic conditioning.

Holder was a two-time All-Ivy League swimmer at Princeton, setting a school record in the 400 free and being named captain as a senior. He graduated with a degree in history.

Assistant Coach
Milana Socha

Milana Socha was named an assistant coach with the swimming and diving teams in September of 2017.

Prior to arriving in Hanover, Socha spent last season as an assistant at the University of Toledo. She was in charge of recruiting, social media, dryland and spring training, and fundraising. In addition to her normal duties, she also coached a high school boys’ team during the summer.

From 2014-16, she was the head assistant coach at Smith College. She was also a teaching fellow for the undergraduate exercise physiology course and the interim strength and conditioning coach for four teams. In 2016, she received the CSCAA Jean Freeman Scholarship for her exceptional contributions to the swimming and diving program.

The Chesterton, Indiana, native was a four-year letterwinner at Carleton College in Minnesota, graduating with a degree in geology in 2014. Socha was named captain for the 2013-14 season and earned NCAA Division III All-America honorable mention honors in 2014. She was a 13-time all-conference selection in swimming and also lettered in cross country and track and field for two years.

Socha earned her master’s in exercise science and sports studies from Smith in 2016.

Head Swim Coach Wellesley College
Bonnie Dix

Bonnie Dix completed her 31st season as the Head Swimming and Diving Coach at Wellesley College in 2017-18. Dix has led the team to a record 21-straight Seven Sisters titles. Dix led the Blue to a 6th place finish at the 2017-18 NEWMAC Championships.
During her tenure, she has produced numerous NCAA qualifiers, All-Americans, and a three time NCAA Champion in diving. In addition, Dix’s Wellesley teams have posted three undefeated seasons: 1993-94, 1999-00 and 2000-01. Since the inception of the NEWMAC in 1998, Wellesley Swimming & Diving have won two conference championships. Prior to the formation of the NEWMAC, Wellesley won the only swimming and diving championship ever sponsored by the New England Women’s 8 (NEW 8), claiming the title in 1997-98. For her efforts, Dix has been honored by her coaching peers as the NEW 8 Coach of the Year in 1997-98 and NEWMAC Coach of the Year in 1998-99 and 2004.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont, where she was a Division I swimmer. In addition, she holds a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee, where she was assistant coach and interim head coach. During her tenure with the Volunteers, Dix coached Tennessee’s first Southeastern Conference Individual Champion. During the summer, Dix serves as a guest speaker at various camps and clinics around the nation and abroad.

Head Swim Coach Smith College
Zack Kundel

Zack Kundel is entering his second year as the Head Swim Coach at Smith College. Kundel spent the two previous years the assistant coach at Smith while earning his Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Studies.

Prior to Smith, Kundel was the volunteer assistant swim coach at Boston College and the assistant aquatics director at Charles River Aquatics (CRA).

Kundel has prior USA Club Coaching experience at CRA and the Bluefish Swim Club. Kundel also has experience working swim camps, and has coached at the Stanford Nike Swim Camp and Harvard Technique Swim Academy.

Kundel was a four-year member of the swimming and diving team at Ithaca College, where he set three school records and earned three All-America Honorable mentions. He was named the Ithaca College Male Senior Athlete of the Year and team co-captain during his final season.

Kundel is a native of Glenmont, N.Y., where he both swam and played baseball in high school. He graduated Cum Laude from Ithaca in 2014 with Bachelors of Science degree in Health and Physical Education.

Camp Coach
Lauren Ward

Lauren Ward graduated from Georgetown University in May of 2016 with a degree in psychology and minors in history and education policy. At Georgetown, Lauren was a four-year varsity swimmer, three time Big East All-Academic, and captain her senior year. Additionally, Lauren was on the board of Georgetown's Student-Athlete Athletic Committee, volunteered as a Grassroots Project coach, and taught Sunday school at a local church. Since graduating in May of 2016, Lauren has been teaching 4th grade at Success Academy Charter Schools in Brooklyn, New York.

Further Staff members are still to be determined.