Nolan Silbernagel joined the Choate Rosemary Hall community in the summer of 2022 as an Assistant Director of Athletics and the Head Boys and Girls Swim Coach!
“I could not be more thrilled to be here at Choate,” states Coach Silbernagel. “This school has the perfect combination of superb academics, incredible students, and a very strong swim program with a rich tradition of success, and I am very fortunate to lead this program and help our student-athletes achieve their goals.”
In his first season at Choate, Coach Silbernagel helped the Wild Boars achieve a high level of success, with the Boys Team winning their second-straight Founders League Championship (first time back-to-back since 2011-’12) and a sixth overall finish at the New England Championships. The Girls Team meanwhile had two school records broken during his first season, and the program finished as Runner Up at the Founder League Championships and finished 7th overall at the New England Championships, missing 4th place overall by only 14 points.
Coach Silbernagel previously coached at Xavier High School in Middletown, CT as the Head Boys Swim Coach. While at Xavier, Coach Silbernagel helped lead the Falcons to their second-ever Southern Connecticut Conference Championship, where his swimmers set three new school records and recorded the third-most Top-16 times in all of Connecticut.
Prior to coming to Connecticut, Coach Silbernagel worked at Gill St. Bernard’s School in Gladstone, NJ where he served as the Sports Information Coordinator and the Head Boys and Girls Swim Coach for four years. While at Gill, Coach Silbernagel turned the program from a co-ed team into two, separate varsity programs that regularly qualified for the New Jersey State Playoffs.
“What I love most about coaching the sport of swimming is that every individual on the roster can truly contribute to the overall team’s success,” says Silbernagel. “It is amazing to see every swimmer reach their full potential, whatever that may be, and to see them grow in and out of the water. Of course, it is also awesome seeing teammates come together and become so close during the season and having a lot of fun as well!”
Before his work in education and coaching, Coach Silbernagel worked for the New York Yankees and ESPN. He is married to his wife, Kristina, and together they have a daughter, Iris, and a dog, Mickey.