Neil Yost, the first women’s swimming coach in Mount St. Mary's history, has been with the program every step of the way. Entering his 10th season at the helm in 2014-15, the Mount has posted a 44-33 dual meet record under Yost.
The squad has finished fifth in the Northeast Conference Swimming & Diving Championships in the last three campaigns after sixth-place finishes in the previous three seasons.
During his time in Emmitsburg, Yost has coached individuals to three First Team All-NEC honors, three Second Team All-NEC selections and five Third Team All-NEC honors, as well as one Second Team relay and one Third Team relay.
The program took a step forward with the 2014 NEC Championships when Erin Regan became the first swimmer in Mount history to win two individual events in the same Championships, capturing gold in the 100 and 200 butterfly. The 284.5 points scored by the Mount at the 2014 Championships were the second-most in program history.
In 2013, Yost helped guide Regan and Courtney Griffith to All-NEC accolades. Regan earned Second Team after finishing second in the 200 fly at the NEC Championships, while Griffin took home Third Team honors for the 100 fly.
At the 2012 NEC Championships, Yost helped Regan to a gold medal in the 200 butterfly. Regan became the first Mount swimmer to win an individual event at the Championships and the first to win a major award as she earned Rookie of the Meet. The team’s 200 freestyle relay squad also became the first relay to earn All-NEC recognition with a Second Team selection.
In 2010-11, two of Yost's swimmers earned the first medals at the NEC Championships in program history. Griffith finished second in the 100 fly and Patricia Yam placed third in the 200 fly.
Along with the exploits in the pool, Yost's teams have excelled in the classroom as well. In the spring semester of the 2009-10 academic school year his team was recognized by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America for having a 3.0 grade point average or better. In addition, Maggie O'Connell Dubois was named the Northeast Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2010. During the 2013-14 academic year, the Mount earned CSCAA Scholar All-America Honors for the fall and spring semesters.
Mount St. Mary's notched a 3-5 season in its first full year as a program in 2006-07 and finished ninth at the NEC Championships. Yost and his squad picked up the team's first-ever dual meet win against the New Jersey Institute of Technology on Oct. 28, 2006 and also earned victories against Saint Peter's and NEC rival St. Francis (N.Y.). Yost started the program in 2005-06 with a team of walk-ons and the team competed in three events in its inaugural season.
Yost came to the Mount with nine years of coaching experience. Since 2002, Yost was the men's and women's swimming coach at Waynesboro High School. He also served as the head swimming coach and aquatics director at the Waynesboro Area YMCA. Before coaching at Waynesboro High School he was the aquatics director at the Westport/Weston YMCA from 2001-02. He was also the assistant swimming coach at Bloomsburg University and the head coach at the Central Columbia Aquatics Club for two years after serving as an assistant coach for two years. Yost started his coaching career as an assistant coach at the Central Columbia Aquatics High School from 1996-2000.
Yost and his wife, Sarah, live in Waynesboro, Pa., with their three children, William, Leah and Claire.
THE YOST FILE
SEASON RECORD NEC
2005-06 * N/A N/A
2006-07 3-5 9th/96 pts.
2007-08 5-5 5th/132 pts.
2008-09 8-3 6th/126 pts.
2009-10 8-3 6th/106 pts.
2010-11 9-5 6th/253 pts.
2011-12 4-4 5th/348 pts.
2012-13 4-4 5th/263 pts.
2013-14 3-4 5th/284.5 pts.
* The Mount competed in three events during the 2005-06 season
Former Mount St. Mary’s swimmer Victoria Shaw is entering her first season as an assistant coach on Neil Yost’s staff in 2014-15. In addition to her coaching duties, Shaw also serves as the athletic department's ticket manager.
A versatile member of the Mount’s swimming team from 2010-14, Shaw competed in a number of different events during her four-year career. Shaw ranks in the top 10 in Mount St. Mary’s history in the 1650 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 individual medley.
While at the Mount, Shaw helped the Mountaineers place fifth at the Northeast Conference Championships three times. The 2011-12 team set a program record with 348 points at the Championships.
Shaw also coaches for Fox Swim Club, which has locations in Mt. Airy, Md., Frederick, Md. and New Oxford, Pa.
The Malvern, Pa. native graduated from Mount St. Mary’s with a degree in communications in 2014. In addition to her coaching responsibilities, Shaw will pursue an MBA with a concentration in management at the Mount.