Chris Maiello enters his fifth season as an assistant coach for the Navy men's swimming program. The Mids have posted a 53-5 record and won four Patriot League titles during his time at Navy.
In addition to his USNA coaching duties, Maiello also is Navy's recruiting coordinator and sprint group coach. He recently served as the head coach of the U.S. team at the 2010 and `11 World Military Games and is the head coach of the Navy swimming club team that annually competes at U.S. Swimming meets. He also coached five of Navy's 2012 Olympic Trials qualifiers plus the current school record holders in the 100 back, 100 free and both medley relay teams.
He arrived on The Yard during the summer of 2008 following a two-year stint as the head coach at Darton College (Albany, Ga.). His swimmers combined to set 36 school records and, while competing primarily against four-year schools, the junior college team produced a winning record during the regular season.
Maiello inherited a Darton program that saw its men's team place 12th and its women's team 15th at the 2006 NJCAA National Championship in the year prior to his arrival. His initial season at the school saw the women place seventh and the men place ninth at the 2007 national event, with both programs recording third-place showings at the 2008 championship meet. Among the swimmers he coached at Darton were two that won junior college national titles.
Prior to accepting the position at Darton, Maiello was part of the coaching staff at Rochester for a little more than one year, first as an assistant coach and then as the program's interim head coach for six months.
Maiello himself earned NCAA Division III All-America accolades in the 100 and 200 freestyle events (2002 and `01, respectively) as a swimmer at Hartwick. After graduating from the school in 2002 with Hartwick records in the 100, 200 and 500 freestyle events, he began his coaching career later that summer by serving as the head coach at Amsterdam High School (Amsterdam, N.Y.). He held that position until the summer of 2005 when he joined the Rochester staff.
Maiello and his wife, Kimberly, are the parents of a daughter who will turn one-year old in December, 2012.