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Randall Appointed Head of Aquatics at SCIS Hongqiao

SCIS- Hongqiao has conducted its search for a replacement and we are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Noah Randall as the new Head Swim Coach and Aquatics Coordinator.  Noah will start at the end of July 2014.  Originally from Pennsylvania, Noah competed at Slippery Rock University as an NCAA water polo player before becoming a competitive swim coach. Noah has been involved with aquatics professionally for the past 12 years.  During that time Noah has coached students of all ages and managed swim programs and pool facilities in both the United States and throughout Mexico. Noah holds a Masters Degree in Education from Endicott College and is formally trained in the IB Program.


Most recently Noah has been the Athletics Coordinator since 2009 and Head Swim Coach since 2006 at the American School Foundation in Mexico City.  While in the role of Athletic Coordinator, Noah managed and supervised 1200 student athletes and 50 coaches in 7 sports.  During 8 years as swim coach Noah was able to completely renovate both the pool and locker room facilities and increased student participation in swimming by 200%.  While in Mexico, Noah has coached swimmers who have qualified to swim in Mexico’s National Swimming Olympiad, where swimmers have earned spots on the Mexican National Team, as well as past swimmers who have gone on to compete at Division I schools in the States on full athletic scholarships.  He accomplished this by implementing a philosophy and program design to ensure swimmers of all ages were given the opportunity to grow within the system and reach their full potential.


Noah’s wife Erica, who has experience working in schools at both the early childhood and elementary school levels, will be joining him at SCIS. 


SCIS- Hongqiao is also pleased to announce that Kelsey Barden of Alberta Canada, has been hired to work directly with Noah Randall in the role of Assistant Aquatics Coordinator.  Currently Kelsey teaches Grade 5 and coaches swimming at Island Pacific Academy in Kapolei, Hawaii where she has worked since 2009. 


Previously Kelsey taught grade 3 and coached High School swimming at Utahloy International School for 2 year while living in Zeng Cheng, China.  Kelsey holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Education, as well as a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education.  In addition she is formally trained in the IB Program, has extensive experience with service learning, and is a certified yoga instructor.  Kelsey will also begin her duties in late July 2014. 


Please join me in welcoming each of these professionals to Shanghai and our community.


We at the Hongqiao Campus would also like to thank current Aquatics Coordinator, and Head Swim Coach Peter Cox as well as Assistant Head Swim Coach Ian Vogt  for all of their positive contributions and strong leadership to the program.  They will both be missed and wish them and their families nothing but the best.  Thanks Peter and Ian!


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