Head Swimming Coach
The ninth head coach in the 94-year history of the men's program and the sixth women's coach in the program's 37-year history, Mickey Wender enters his 11th season at the helm of Army's swimming and diving programs, authoring a record of 161-104-1 (.607) at West Point. During his time on the banks of the Hudson, Wender has not only led both the men's and women's teams to top finishes at the Patriot League Championships, but has also coached 89 cadet-athletes to Patriot League Honors. Wender’s record with the Black Knights pushed his career record to 368-162-1 over 24 seasons, a .694 winning percentage. He has led a successful men’s program to 99-31 and the women’s program to 62-73-1. Throughout his tenure at West Point, Wender garnered Patriot League Men’s Coach of the Year honors in 2007, his first year with the program, and more recently in 2013. He has coached 33 women and 56 men to All-Patriot League honors, 30 first team and 59 second team selections. Other accomplishments include two Patriot League Championship Swimmer of the Meet honorees, five Diver of the Meet selections, one Rookie of the Meet, one Scholar-Athlete of the Year and two CoSIDA Academic All-American certificates. The 2015-16 season was the most successful for both the men’s and women’s teams in recent history. Wender led the programs to a combined 20-2 record this season. This was the first time the teams have combined for only two losses since the women's program's inaugural season in 1978-79. Both squads finished as the runner-up at the Patriot League Championships, which is the highest simultaneous finishes in program history.
Men's and women's swimming and diving head coach Mickey Wender welcomed Nicki Stanley to the program as an Assistant Coach in the summer of 2016. Stanley joined the Black Knights following a two-year stretch as the Assistant Swim Coach and Aquatics Director at Ohio Wesleyan. Prior to her time with the Battling Bishops, Stanley spent two years as the Head Coach, Aquatics Director and Campus Visitation Coordinator at the College of St. Mary – Nebraska. Throughout her two years at the helm of the program, the Flames ranked second in the nation among all divisions in team grade-point average during all four semesters. Stanley began her coaching career at Wheeling Jesuit University, serving as a graduate assistant coach for the men’s and women’s teams while earning her M.S. in Organizational Leadership. She helped guide the men's team to an Appalachian Swimming Conference Title in 2010 and 2011, while the women's team finished runner-up in 2010 and 2011. The coaching staff was awarded ASC Men's Team Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011, along with the ASC Male and Female Swimmer of the Year awards.
Army men's and women's diving coach PJ Hughes enters his third season with the program. Hughes arrived on the banks of the Hudson after spending three years as the diving coach at his alma mater, Seton Hall. In his final season at Seton Hall, Hughes was named both men's and women's BIG EAST Diving Coach of the Year after he coached the divers to four gold medals, three silvers, and one bronze medal during the 2014 conference championships. While at Seton Hall, all of Hughes' divers qualified for the 2014 BIG EAST Championships and three qualified for the 2014 NCAA Zone A Diving Championships, the most in program history. During the 2012-13 season, Hughes coached one diver through the finals at the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships. He went on to finish in the top-10 on both boards at the conference championship, becoming just the second athlete to represent Seton Hall in an A final on the conference stage. The Pirates' historic year culminated in an impressive performance at the NCAA Zone A Regional Championship in Blacksburg, Va., as one diver placed 18th in the three-meter competition, ahead of conference champions from the Colonial Athletic Association, America East and BIG EAST conferences. He is an active member of the NJAHPERD and the NYS AHPERD.
Riley Boulden enters his third season as an Assistant Coach with the Army swimming and diving program. Boulden arrived at West Point after spending two years as the assistant men's swim coach and Associate Aquatics Director at DePauw University. While at DePauw from 2012-14, Boulden coached two top-three finishes at the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships and two top-15 finishes at the Division III NCAA Championships. The Tigers swim program boasted 13 broken school records and 18 All-America honors under Boulden's leadership. Prior to DePauw, Boulden was a decorated member of the University of Alabama varsity swim and dive team from 2006-2010. While a part of the Crimson Tide, he set a school record in the 200-IM and achieved three Olympic Trial cuts and four World Trial cuts. Boulden finished fourth in the 200-breast at the South Eastern Conference (SEC) Championships and placed 19th in the same event at the World Trials. Three of his four seasons Boulden was named to the SEC Honor Roll and was named Alabama's team captain in 2010. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration.
Associate Head Coach
Eric Bugby enters his sixth year with the Army swimming and diving program and second as Associate Head Coach. He rejoined the staff in April 2014 following a one-year stint as the head swimming coach and aquatics director at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He previously spent three years along the banks of the Hudson from 2010-2013, serving as the Black Knights' assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. During his one season guiding Illinois Institute of Technology, the women's team doubled in size due to increased recruiting efforts. Bugby placed four student-athletes on the Liberal Arts Championship All-Conference Team, coached five swimmers to LAC Swimmer of the Week awards and led the women's program to its first dual-meet victory in two years. Bugby arrived at West Point after serving a one-year stint as an assistant coach with the Emmaus Aquatic Club in Emmaus, Pa. As the Associate Head Coach, Bugby is responsible for recruiting cadet-athletes to the program and organizing Army West Point swimming camps.