Mike Shrader heads into his 12th season at the helm for the San Diego State swimming and diving team this fall, having been named head coach prior to the 2007-08 campaign. Since his arrival, Shrader has built SDSU into one of the top programs in the Mountain West and on the west coast. Shrader has led the Aztecs to nine consecutive top-three finishes at the Mountain West Championships, including a second-place finish in 2017-18. Shrader has sent 37 student-athletes to NCAA Championships and in dual meet competition, Shrader owns a record of 136-15. Over Shrader's 11 seasons at SDSU, he has seen 129 Aztecs earn All-Mountain West honors. In 2017-18, Shrader led the Aztecs to an 11-1 record in dual meet competition, a first-place finish at the A3 Invitational in November 2017, and a second place finish in the Mountain West Championships. The Aztecs finished their fall A3 Invitational meet with first-place finishes in all but two events and in the spring, SDSU had 11 student-athletes earn All-MW distinction. Courtney Vincent, who set the school record and won the individual title in the MW Championships in the 100 fly, earned her first NCAA Championship appearance in 2017-18 under Shrader's direction. Vincent is the 37th student-athlete Shrader has directed to a NCAA Championship appearance. Shrader has produced 14 All-Americans in the past four years and his athletes have set five individual and five relay Mountain West Conference records and have recorded 41 other times that rank among the top 10 in school history in various individual events. In March 2015, his team sent seven swimmers to the NCAA Championships with four of them earning honorable mention All-America honors. A total of 16 of his athletes earned all-Mountain West recognition and captured the conference Swimmer of the Week award on five occasions. During the season, Aztec swimmers and divers turned in a total of 35 times/scores in individual events that rank among the top 10 in program history along with 13 relay times that are also among the all-time top 10. During the 2014-15 season, the Aztecs successfully defend their title at the A3 Performance Invitational, a meet that included such schools as UCLA and UC Santa Barbara. San Diego State ended the regular season ranked 25th in the nation by the College Swimming Coaches of America Association (CSCAA) and was 27th in the CollegeSwimming.com final poll. In 2014, Shrader sent six swimmers to the NCAA Championship meet saw freshman Anika Apostalon earn All-America honors while four others captured honorable mention All-America accolades. Apostalon was named the Mountain West Swimmer of the Year while Shrader picked up the conference Coach of the Year award for the fifth time. It marked the fourth time in the past five years that SDSU has produced the conference swimmer of the year. In addition, Mikaela Macklin picked up the Mountain West Senior Award as she concluded a stellar four-year career at SDSU. SDSU sent seven swimmers to the 2013 NCAA Championships, the most in school history, and produced four honorable mention All-Americans. The Aztecs also had Macklin named the Mountain West Swimmer of the Year. During the previous season (2011-12), SDSU turned in a second consecutive undefeated after finishing the campaign with a 16-0 dual meet record and placing second at the Mountain West Conference championship meet titles. In 2010-11, the Aztecs went 19-0 and won the school's first-ever conference title. A total of 11 swimmers and divers earned all-conference honors that season as the Aztecs set school records in 11 individual swimming events, three diving events and two relay events. Kelly Marquenie and Kristen Meier earned MWC co-Swimmer of the Year and Diver of the Year honors respectively with Shrader capturing the MWC Coach of the Year award for the third consecutive season. San Diego State was ranked among the top 25 teams in the nation throughout the season as it sent a pair of swimmers (Marquenie and Katelyn Weddle) to the NCAA Championships for the second year in a row. With the completion of an undefeated season, Shrader's career record now stands at 165-26-1 (.862). His mark in four seasons at San Diego State is 76-14 (.844) and his teams have compiled a record of 36-1 in dual meets against non-conference competition during his tenure with the Aztecs. Under Shrader, SDSU broke out on the national scene during the 2009-10 season. Prior to starting the year, SDSU's recruiting class was ranked No. 4 nationally by collegeswimming.com. Not only was this the highest ranking ever by SDSU in the history of the ranking, but it was also the highest ranking ever for a Mountain West Conference University. The number-four national recruiting ranking kick-started a year of incredible accomplishments culminating with two swimmers qualifying for the NCAA Championships and earning a 42nd place finish, the highest placing of any Mountain West Conference University that season. Freshman swimmer Katelyn Weddle finished the year placing 12th in the 100 breast. Weddle also went on to have a spectacular summer of Long Course competition and ended the summer ranked 72nd in the world in the 100 breast. In addition an outstanding NCAA finish, the team had standout performances throughout the season as well. The 2009-10 squad finished with the most dual meets wins in school history (14) as well as the highest placing ever at the conference championships (third place). With the outstanding performances of the Aztec swimmers and divers, coach Shrader earned his second consecutive Mountain West Conference Coach of the year award. Freshman swimmer Meghan Zimmer also picked up the Mountain West Conference Swimmer of the year award due to her outstanding performance at the championships. At the MWC title meet SDSU took first place in three of the five relay races as well as first in six of the thirteen individual swimming events. During the 2008-09 campaign, Shrader led his charges to a sixth-place finish at the Mountain West conference championships, the team's best placing since the 2001 season. Along the way, the Aztecs set eight individual and five relay SDSU records and Shrader was named the MWC co-Coach of the Year. The 2011-12 Aztecs will look to build on all the incredible success from the recent past and will enter the season with the No. 17 ranked recruiting class in the country, again the highest-ranked class of any Mountain West Conference School. In his first season on The Mesa, he had 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. 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 his wife, Catherine, who enthusiastically serves the team as announcer for home meets, along with her pancake breakfasts, which have become a team tradition.
The Shrader File Hometown Fort Worth, Texas
High School Southwest
Alma Mater Texas A&M (1981), West Texas A&M (1991)
Family Wife Catherine
Head Coaching Career 2007-Present San Diego State 1999-2007 Nevada