Chris Feaster ('96) Named Head Men's Swim Coach at JMU
By ODU Athletics
July 16, 2005
HARRISONBURG, Va., July 12, 2005 - Chris Feaster ('96), a two-time Colonial Athletic Association championship swimming finalist at Old Dominion University has been named men's swimming head coach at James Madison University. He assumes his position in the Dukes' program after serving as an assistant coach at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C.
"It is an honor to be appointed the head men's swimming coach at James Madison," Feaster said. "JMU has always had a rich tradition of winning in the Colonial Athletic Association, and I'm excited to bring my energy to this program.
"Throughout the interview process I knew it was going to be a great situation," he said. "The administration was clearly very supportive of men's swimming, and the resources offered to student-athletes are truly outstanding. This is going to be a very exciting year at JMU, and I'm ready for the challenges which are ahead."
A native of Jupiter, Fla., Feaster spent six seasons at East Carolina as the top assistant, and he has nine years of college coaching experience overall. He began his coaching career at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., a league rival of JMU's in the Colonial Athletic Association.
While Feaster was at East Carolina, the Pirates' men's team set school records in 11 of 14 events and the women's team set school marks in 14 of 14 events. The women's team won league titles in the CAA (2000), the Eastern College Athletic Conference (2001) and Conference USA (2002). The men's team was second in the ECAC in 2001 and second in Conference USA in 2002, 2003, and 2004. He coached the Conference USA swimmer of the year on two occasions.
During his coaching tenure at Old Dominion, the Monarchs in 1998 compiled a 12-0 dual-meet record and won the CAA men's title, and he coached the CAA women's swimmer of the year for three straight seasons.
Feaster swam for two seasons at Old Dominion. He was a member of the Monarchs' school-record 200-yard medley relay and a finalist in three events during CAA championship meets as a junior and senior. His college competitive career started at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla., where he was also a three-event finalist during each of his two years in the National Independent Conference Championships.
"We are pleased with the addition of Chris to our coaching staff," said Shelia Moorman, a JMU associate athletics director. "He will bring great energy, enthusiasm and experience to our swimming program. Among his strengths are his knowledge of JMU and CAA swimming as well as connections to Virginia swimming clubs and recruiting circles. Chris is more than ready to be a head coach and is a great fit for JMU."
Feaster earned his undergraduate degree in degree in psychology and his master's in education and sports management.
Feaster is the sixth coach in the JMU men's swimming program's 33-year history. The Dukes posted a 4-7 dual-meet record last season and tied for sixth among 10 teams at the CAA Championships. Last year's team was guided by Matt Barany, director of JMU swimming and diving, and Samantha Smith, co-head coach. Barany resigned in May to become the head women's swimming coach at the University of Richmond. Smith remains at JMU as the head coach of the women's program.