We are excited to have Coach Ginny Walsh join the VHS Swim and Dive family as head coach. Coach Walsh is an accomplished high school and collegiate swimmer whose specialty is the backstroke and IM. During her four years at Division III powerhouse Denison University in Ohio, Coach Walsh was a part of Conference and National teams as well as an All-American swimmer. As a high school senior, Coach Walsh became the youngest person to swim from the Hawaiian islands of Maui to Moloki. She has coached summer league (WAAC Flyers, Lakeway Lakers, Shady Hollow Stingrays) and worked with USA Swimming (WFLY). Coach Walsh has served as head swim coach at Lehman High School and Saint Andrews. She has a BA in Economics from Denison and a MS in Sports Management from the University of Texas at Austin. Coach Walsh believes sports are a positive influence for everyone and enjoys helping swimmers achieve their goals.
Jen Hardy is an Austin native, who graduated from Westlake high school. Fitness and sports have been a part of her life since a very young age. She played club and high school soccer and was able to continue her soccer career at Schreiner University. As an adult, Hardy played a couple of seasons of WPSL, IWPSL before tearing her ACL. She still plays as often as time as allows. Fitness has also been a large part of Hardy’s life growing up. She has been involved in the fitness industry since the age of 15: either training clients, leading group fitness, or running a small health club. Hardy is also an avid lifter herself.
As for Vandegrift, Hardy has been around since the school opened. With her soccer program, she has had much success including a state 4A title and a 5A runner up medal. The Lady Vipers haven’t missed playoffs since the school opened. She is also the girls strength and conditioning coordinator as well as the girls athletic coordinator. She has worked with many different sports on campus as either an assistant coach or as a strength coach. This will be her first season to work directly with VHS swim, and she couldn’t be more excited for the new challenge.