Walter "Skip" Nitardy enters his third season at the helm of the St. Bonaventure men's and women's swimming programs after being named head coach on Sept. 12, 2018.
Nitardy brings over 25 years of competitive coaching experience to the Bonnies on various levels nationwide.
Nitardy takes the reins of both the men's and women's swimming and diving teams as the programs will be unified for the first time beginning with the 2018-19 season.
He helped lead the Bonnies' men's team to a third-place finish at the 2020 Atlantic 10 Championships, the 25th top-three finish for the program over the past 28 seasons. During the 2020 conference championships, the Bonnies men's team earned 10 medals - three gold, four silver and three bronze. Four program records were set during the A-10 championships including Tjaard Krusch's Atlantic 10 record-setting time of 1:45.73 in the 200-IM. The Bona women's program finished sixth, taking home three medals while setting five program records.
Nitardy served as head coach at the University of Maine for two seasons. While at Maine, Nitardy helped 14 swimmers qualify to the ECAC Championships in his first season and 22 swimmers in his second campaign.
He has received various accolades on the national stage for his work at the YMCA level. He was named the 2007 Maine YMCA Coach of the Year while serving at the Bangor YMCA. Prior to that, he was voted the 2004 Connecticut Swimming Senior Coach of the Year and YMCA Coach of the Year while working at the Darien YMCA in Darien, Conn.
Also during his time at Maine, Nitardy spent extensive time working with the community as he expanded the UMaine Instructional Swim Lesson program to nearly 250 participants per year.
After leaving the University of Maine, Nitardy was named the aquatics director and head swim coach at the Twin Rivers YMCA in New Bern, N.C. While there, he qualified five swimmers for the YMCA national championship meet.
In his most recent role, Nitardy has worked as director of athletics at The Epiphany School of Global Studies in New Bern since 2014. In his role as director of athletics, he was responsible for budgeting, ordering, officials, scheduling and transportation of the athletic department as a whole.
Nitardy earned a Bachelor of Science in physical education at South Alabama. He is a member of the American Swimming Coaches Association and the American Red Cross.