From Wayland Baptist University:
Wayland Baptist Athletic Director Dr. Greg Feris announced on Friday the hiring of Alyson Hannan as the university's first-ever swimming and diving coach. The university announced in January plans to add the program, with competition slated to start during the 2013-14 academic year.
Feris said Hannan brings a wealth of experience to the table, which will prove invaluable as she begins to build Wayland's swimming and diving program from the ground up.
"We're excited for Alyson to join us," Feris said. "She has experience both coaching and recruiting collegiate athletes and was a successful collegiate athlete herself, so she knows what it takes."
A 12-time all-American swimmer at Drury University (Mo.), Hannan holds a bachelor's degree in Exercise Physiology and Sports Management from Drury and a master's in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University (Calif.). She comes to Wayland from Hendrix College (Ark.), where she has served as assistant coach since 2009 and was named the interim head coach this season.
Prior to her stint in Arkansas, Hannan coached at the high school and club levels in her home state of California, working with senior and junior national level swimmers, Junior Olympians and Olympic hopefuls.
Hannan said she's thrilled to be given the opportunity to mold and shape Wayland's brand new program.
"I'm excited to join the team at Wayland," she said. "I'm ready to showcase my knowledge and bring swimming and diving to a high level at Wayland and in Plainview. I want to develop a successful program with good athletes who are also strong academically. Our program will represent Wayland well and showcase what this university is all about."
Feris hopes to have Hannan on campus as early as the second week of March.
"We're hoping to have her here in just a few weeks," he said. "I'm confident Alyson will hit the ground running, recruiting athletes for next season and working to build our program.
"We expect to recruit some solid athletes and be competitive in our first year. I'd like to see some of our athletes qualify for nationals next spring, and by year three or four we should really be in the mix to do some exceptional things."
For more information about the program or to fill out a prospective recruit form, visit www.wbuathletics.com.