Rick West

Rick West

Assistant Coach

Phone: 293-2154

West enters his second year as an assistant coach for the WVU swimming and diving teams. West assists head coach Vic Riggs in all aspects of the program, including day-to-day operations, recruiting and academics.
In West’s first year as an assistant coach with the Mountaineers, he was an integral part in helping WVU succeed in and out of the pool. Four members of the 2015-16 men’s team qualified to compete at the 2016 Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Nebraska. WVU graduate Bryce Bohman, seniors Andrew MarshMax Spencer and junior Nate Carr raced in a total of nine events at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
For the first time in program history, a Mountaineer set a new Big 12 Championship record as senior Andrew Marsh set the mark in the 100 backstroke with a 45.41 as he took home the gold medal at the championship meet. Marsh also set a WVU school record in the 100 butterfly, with a prelim time of 46.59 to advance him to the A final. Eighteen Mountaineers earned medals at the four-day championship with eight All-Big 12 First Team performances and 12 All-Big 12 Second Team honors.
West helped coach the Mountaineer men to a second-place finish at the 2016 Big 12 Championship, posting their best finish at the conference championship since joining the Big 12, while the women’s squad finished fourth.
Academically, junior Nathan Howells was named the 2015-16 Big 12 Men’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the third Scholar-Athlete of the Year award for the men and the fourth overall for the WVU swimming and diving program. Howells also was named to the 2016 Academic All-District At-Large Team. Additionally, 24 members of the team were named to the 2016 Academic All-Big 12 Team.
West is familiar with the Mountaineer culture as he was a volunteer coach with the team from 2012-15.
West served as head coach at Wheeling Jesuit from 2001-02 and 2007-12 and was the Aquatics Director. He was responsible for the organization, compliance, budgeting and recruiting for the NCAA Division II program in the Appalachian Swimming Conference and West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. In 202, 2010 and 2011, West was awarded Appalachian Swimming Conference Men’s Coach of the Year.
As an assistant coach at Pitt in 2003-04, he assisted in coaching the Panthers to their eighth consecutive men’s Big East Conference championship, their 19th title in 22 years. He helped coach the men’s team to the most dual meet wins (14) in the university’s history in 2003, and he helped the women’s team reach its first winning dual meet record in four seasons (8-6).
At Duquesne in 2002-03, West led the Dukes to their first ever Atlantic 10 champion swimmer in the school’s 26-year history as head coach. Prior to working with the Dukes, he was an assistant men’s swimming coach at Ohio State in 2002. West was responsible for the recruiting process including scouting, contacting prospects and implementing a thorough follow-up plan for the incoming opportunities.
West attended West Liberty, earning a bachelor’s of arts in education in 1997. In 2010, he received a master’s degree in athletic coaching education from West Virginia University. Currently, he’s a doctoral student pursuing a degree in coaching and teaching studies.
He and his wife, Sarah, have three children, Carleigh (18), Sydney (17) and Quinton (9).