Grace College is pleased to announce the hiring of Bailey Weathers as the new Director of Athletics.
Weathers has an extensive amount of administration and coaching experience at the NCAA Division I level and also has years of experience working with the United States National Swimming Team.
“I believe Grace College is an incredible place. The faculty, staff and the student body grow together to change each other’s lives and prepare the students for the world ahead,” Weathers said. “I believe athletics can be a unique part of that relationship, and I am excited to have the opportunity to work with our coaches to maximize the development of the student-athletes at Grace.”
Most recently Weathers served as the Executive Head Coach for Club Wolverine in Ann Arbor, Mich. At Club Wolverine, Weathers oversaw a staff of 19 year-round coaches along with eight coaches from the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University.
Overall, Club Wolverine works with over 400 swimmers from the ages of 6-28. In 2008 Club Wolverine had 42 athletes qualify for the US Olympic Trials and had four Olympic team members. In 2009 Weathers’ club produced six members of the USA Swimming World Championship team.
“Bailey is uniquely qualified with his gifts and experiences to be a coaches’ coach who can provide godly leadership for the athletic department,” said Grace College Provost Bill Katip. “He knows what it means to achieve athletic excellence at the premier level, and thus he is the perfect person to lead us onto continued success at even higher levels.”
Prior to Club Wolverine, Weathers had three successful head coaching tenures at NCAA Division I swimming programs.
From 1995-2005 Weathers was the head women’s swimming coach at the University of Notre Dame where he led the team to nine consecutive Big East Conference championships. Weathers was named the Big East Conference Coach of the Year six times.
Weathers also a three-time Metro Conference Coach of the Year winner and a National Independent Conference Coach of the Year during his time as the head women’s swimming coach at the University of South Carolina.
Weathers was given NCAA Division I Coach of the Year honors in 1986 as the head women’s swimming coach at Southern Illinois University, fielding nine All-Americans in his two-year experience at SIU.
Before becoming a head coach, Weathers served stints as an assistant swimming coach at the University of Texas and Indiana University.
Furthermore, Weathers has on different occasions served as the head and assistant coach for US Swimming Olympic Development Camps in Colorado Springs, Colo.
“I was very impressed with the level of excellence in the coaches and their commitment to the student-athletes at Grace,” Weathers continued. “They are going to be a fun group to work with, and my wife and I are excited and blessed to join the Grace family.”
Weathers graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education in 1982 then went on to obtain a Master of Science in Physical Education from the University of Texas in 1984.
Weathers is married to Susan, and the couple has two daughters – Christina (26) and Elizabeth (22) – and a son named Timothy (18).