Entering his eighth season as head coach at Old Dominion University, Mitch Brindley has solidified his place among the nation’s best sailing coaches.
Last season Coach Brindley was at the helm as his squad won the ICSA Women’s National Championships, the program’s third such championship. In 1997-98 Brindley guided his teams to national titles in the ICYRA Team Race and the ICRYA Co-ed Dinghy Championships. As both a crew member and coach, Brindley has been directly involved in obtaining six of Old Dominion’s 12 national championships. He is currently the President of the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA), the national governing body for collegiate sailboat racing.
Brindley formerly served as an assistant coach at Old Dominion for four years under former head coach K.C. Fullmer, who left the program in 1995. As an assistant, Brindley helped guide the Monarchs to a sloop national championship in Hawaii in 1992. As a competitor for Old Dominion, Brindley was twice named team captain and twice selected to Sailing World’s All-Star Crew. He crewed for the Monarchs when they won the ICYRA Sloop Nationals in 1988, the Dinghy National Championship team in 1989, and the team’s fifth place finish in the Team Race National Championship in the spring of 1989. Despite the demands of coaching, Brindley remains an active competitor in national and international sailing. The Sugarland, Texas native graduated from Old Dominion in 1989 with a degree in economics. He and his wife Dawn currently reside in Smithfield.