| Thursday, June 13, 2019
Joel Shinofield is Managing Director of Sport Development at USA Swimming, responsible for overseeing the Sport Development Division within the Technical Business Unit and executing a strategic plan that enhances the development and education of athletes, coaches, clubs and Local Swimming Committees (LSC) across all levels of the sport in the U.S.
In his role, Shinofield supports the growth of the sport at all levels and connects swimming stakeholders from grassroots to competitive levels. He leads efforts to advance organizational initiatives promoting membership growth and retention. Shinofield oversees, grows and supports USA Swimming member clubs, including membership retention and new club acquisition. He will also endeavor to advance coach leadership and education.
Prior his last seven years at the College Swimming Coaches Association of America, where he focused his efforts to help protect college swimming programs at risk of being eliminated, Shinofield held the position of Head Coach, Director of Aquatics and Associate Professor at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. While at the Division III swimming school, he was named four-time Bluegrass Mountain Conference Coach of the Year, achieved five NCAA Top 25 finishes including two Top 10 Finishes, and captured four conference championships, one runner-up and two third-place finishes against Division II Scholarship programs.
He also held leadership positions with Minnesota Swimming, Inc, served as head coach of the Richfield Swim Club, in Richfield, Minn., and was an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota. Shinofield began his career in the non-profit industry as Program Director at Youth Trust, Minneapolis, a nonprofit created to build and enhance the linkage between the business community and public schools.