Earlier this month, the University of Redlands welcomed Nate Harding to Bulldog Athletics as a full-time assistant coach for the men's and women's swimming teams under the direction of Head Coach Leslie Whittemore.
"I am more than excited to be joining the Bulldog staff and contribute to the swim & dive program at Redlands," Harding stated. "Thank you to Jeff Martinez and the search committee for entrusting me to collaborate with Coach Leslie on the next chapter of Redlands swim & dive. Redlands has a strong history of performing well in the SCIAC and at NCAAs! I am excited to watch this program continue to add to that history!"
Harding brings solid coaching experience at the college level, specifically in Southern California over the last three seasons. He most recently served as an assistant at Biola University in La Mirada where he helped the Eagles break eight school records during the 2018-19 season. In addition, Harding offers knowledge of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) due to his two seasons at Pomona-Pitzer Colleges. There, he contributed to the success of 16 NCAA qualifiers and an NCAA champion.
Harding's experiences span beyond college coaching with successful stints at Claremont High School and Carter High School in Rialto. He also has worked as an assistant swim coach with Mt. Baldy Aquatics in Claremont.
"I am excited about the coaching experience and knowledge of the sport that Nate brings to the pool deck. He is enthusiastic about the opportunity to contribute to the program," commented Whittemore. "I truly believe that he will be a great addition to the Bulldog family."
Harding completed his Master of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in sports performance at Louisiana Tech University in 2011. He earned his bachelor's degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in sports management from Grambling State University.
He resides with his wife Joneese and daughter Ezriela in Redlands.
Beyond coaching and spending time with his family, he enjoys cheering on LeBron James, doing cross-fit, and playing pick-up basketball.