Colorado Mesa's new swim coach brings 27 years of experience to the program that won both the men's and women's RMAC championship last season.
Michael "Mickey" Wender will take over the swimming and diving team and will also be the new triathlon coach, CMU announced Thursday. He replaces Geoff Hanson, who resigned in May to take the head coaching position at Southern Illinois.
Wender has more than 400 wins as a college coach, most recently at West Point, where he was the head coach from 2006-2019. Before that, he was at the University of Washington (1998-2006), and the University of California at Santa Cruz (1992-98). He was also a coach for the American Samoa team in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
"I feel blessed to become part of this amazing institution and build upon the tradition of success of Maverick Athletics," Wender said in a release announcing his hiring.
The three-time Patriot League coach of the year while at West Point, Wender has had swimmers qualify for nationals in every event and at each stop, his team has broken every existing school record. He's coached swimmers at every U.S. Olympic Trials since 2000.
He's also a triathlete, completing two Iron Man events and was a top-10 finisher in the 1996 Eco-challenge, considered the world's toughest athletic event.
He and his wife, Kate, have four children, Samantha, 18, Jack and Luke, 14, and Grace, 11.
"The first-class facilities, commitment to excellence, spectacular locale and amazing people make this the ideal situation for me and my family," Wender said in the release. "We couldn't be more excited about making the move to Grand Junction. It has everything we're looking for and is a great place to be part of the community and put down some roots."