In his first season on The Mesa, Shrader led the Scarlet and Black to its best record since the 2001-02 campaign with an 8-4 mark in dual meet competition. SDSU also went undefeated (3-0) in its first year of competition at the Aztec Aquaplex.
"I am extremely excited to be part of the Aztec family," said Shrader. "San Diego State is a fantastic university with remarkable facilities and I look forward to building a program that will compete for championships and make fans proud."
Prior to his arrival to "America's Finest City," Shrader spent eight seasons as the head coach of the women's swimming and diving team at Nevada-Reno, where he established an impressive 89-12-1 overall record while leading the Wolf Pack to four NCAA championship appearances.
Under his tutelage in 2007, UNR posted a perfect 18-0 mark and captured the program's first Western Athletic Conference championship. After the flawless season, Shrader was named the WAC swimming coach of the year for the second time in his career. He previously earned the honor in 2002.
Shrader made an immediate impact in his first year at Nevada in 1999-2000, guiding the Wolf Pack to its fifth consecutive Big West Conference title and a 13th-place finish at the NCAA championships. That squad boasted two-time national champion and NCAA record holder Limin Liu, in addition to four other All-Americans.
After his initial season, Shrader and the Pack made a smooth transition into the nationally competitive WAC. With Shrader at the helm of the program, Nevada won 10 or more dual meets and placed in the top three at the conference championships in each of his last six seasons, including the aforementioned first-place finish in 2007, as well as second-place performances in 2002, 2003 and 2006.
Before his stint at Nevada, Shrader was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. While at SMU, Shrader helped the team place in the top 12 at the NCAA championships three times.
In the summer of 2005, Shrader served as an assistant coach with USA Swimming at the world championships that were held in Montreal, Canada. He coached the open water swim team to its best performance ever with the squad capturing a gold and two silver medals.
In recognition of his coaching accomplishments, Shrader was a guest of honor at the 2005 Golden Goggle Awards in New York. He also received the 2005 Glenn S. Hummer Award, which is given to a person for outstanding committee service and the advancement of open water swimming in the United States, at the USA Swimming convention.
Shrader also had a stellar swimming career himself, as he was a junior college national champion and a seven-time All-American while leading Midland College to a second-place finish at the junior college national championships. He continued his collegiate career at Texas A&M University where he earned all-Southwest Conference honors and was a senior national qualifier.
Shrader earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Texas A&M in 1981, before finishing a master's degree in exercise and sports science from West Texas A&M University in 1991.
Shrader is married to the former Catherine More.
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