Courtesy: Toledo Athletics
TOLEDO, Ohio – Wally Center has been appointed Assistant Trainer for the Swimming and Diving Program at the University of Toledo, Head Trainer Brie Globig announced today.
Senter comes to Toledo from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Ark., Where he was an assistant coach for four seasons.
“We are very excited to add Wally to our coaching staff,” said Globig. “He will be a great asset to the further growth and success of the team. His many years of experience in recruiting and coaching will help our team to continue to provide outstanding performance. “
At Henderson State, Senter worked primarily with the sprinters, assisting in middle-distance and distance groups for both the men’s and women’s teams. His responsibilities included leading dryland workouts for the sprint group, directing all recruitment efforts, and managing the team’s clothing and equipment distribution.
During Senter’s four seasons as assistant, the men’s swim and dive team finished each season in the top 30 of the NCAA Division II National Championships. Senter helped coach an NCAA Division II runner-up, a South American Games swimming champion, three Division II All-Americans, and 23 school record holders. The men’s team ranked second at the New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference (NSISC) in 2020 and 2021 during his tenure.
“I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to participate in the University of Toledo swimming and diving program,” said Senter. “It was immediately clear that the combination of strong team culture, academic excellence and exceptional leadership is unmatched. What Brie and Gabby (diving coach) Gabby Agostino) is something special and I can’t wait to take the program to the next level. “
Prior to Henderson State, Senter was an assistant coach at the Mountain View Aquatic Center at the Chattahoochee Gold Swim Club in Marietta, Georgia, and served as the lead coach for a high school group and an elementary school group. During his time there, he helped increase the retention rate of his high school students by 75 percent. Senter helped top athletes prepare for the Age Group Sectionals, one of the largest 14U meetings on the US swimming calendar.
Senter also has experience as a trainee coach at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky, and as an assistant coach at the Dynamo Swim Club in Atlanta. At Lindsey Wilson, the women’s team finished sixth at the NAIA National Championships and the men’s team finished eighth, both of which were the highest placements in program history. Training athletes who qualified for Olympic tests was one of Senter’s top awards at Dynamo.
A 2014 graduate of Georgia College, Senter received his bachelor’s degree in mass communications with a focus on public relations and advertising. He received an associate degree from Albany State (then Darton State College) in general studies in 2012, where he was a three-time NJCAA All-American swimmer.
Senter is scheduled to do his Masters in Sports Administration from Henderson State this December.