Neil Yost, the first women’s swimming coach in Mount St. Mary's history, has been with the program every step of the way. Yost completed his 11th season at the helm in 2015-16, and owns a 53-42 dual meet record in his career with the Mount.
During his time in Emmitsburg, Yost has coached individuals to three First Team All-NEC honors, six Second Team All-NEC selections and six Third Team All-NEC honors, as well as one Second Team relay and one Third Team relay.
In 2015-16, the Mount opened the season with a 4-0 record for the first time in program history after collecting victories over NEC foes St. Francis Brooklyn and Saint Francis U, followed by wins over Howard and American. The triumph over American was the first-ever win over a Patriot League school in program history.
The 2014-15 season was highlighted by Erin Regan and Haley Fournier earning All-NEC honors. Regan received second team accolades in the 200 fly and 200 fly, while Fournier was a third team member for the 1650 free to help the Mount take fifth in the NEC Championships.
The program took a step forward with the 2014 NEC Championships when 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 success in the pool, Yost's teams have excelled in the classroom as well. The Mount has been recognized by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America for having a 3.0 grade point average or better in three different seasons. In addition, Maggie O'Connell Dubois was named the Northeast Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2010 and Haley Fournier earned the honor in 2016.
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.
2014-15 5-5 5th/276 pts.
2015-16 4-4 6th/193 pts.
* The Mount competed in three events during the 2005-06 season
Zander Taylor enters his first season as an assistant coach with the men's and women's swimming and diving programs in 2016-17.
Taylor spent the last three years as an assistant coach with the Alfred University men's and women's swimming and diving programs. During his time at Alfred, Taylor's duties included distance training, strength and conditioning, recruiting and organizing practice sessions. Taylor helped guide Alfred swimmers to 26 school records and 10 NCAA "B" cut times, and also coached one NCAA qualifier, one NCAA diving regionals qualifier and three Academic All-Americans.
Taylor, a two-year team captain during his career at SUNY Potsdam, set seven school records, was a four-time SUNYAC champion and posted six NCAA "B" cut qualifying times. Taylor was named the 2012 SUNYAC Most Outstanding Swimmer, claiming gold in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events at conference championships while setting the SUNYAC record in the 200. He followed it up with gold in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes once again at the 2013 championships and broke his own record in the 200.
Taylor graduated from SUNY Potsdam in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in history and social studies education, and received his master's degree in literacy education from Alfred University in 2015.
Kristie Langford enters her first season with the men's and women's swimming & diving programs in 2016-17.
Langford comes to the Mount after a four-year standout career on the UMBC women's swimming & diving program. The Port Hope, Ontario native was a team captain in each of her final two seasons, helping lead the Retrievers to back-to-back America East Conference Championships. During her senior season, Langford posted three top-five individual finishes at the championships, claiming second place in the 50 free, third in the 100 free and fifth in the 200 free. She was also part of the 200 medley relay team that set a school record and placed first to claim gold.
Langford graduated from UMBC this past summer with a bachelor's degree in biology and a minor in psychology.
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Karli Richards enters her first season as the diving coach on the Mount St. Mary's swimming & diving staff for the 2016-17 season.
Richards spent four seasons at Notre Dame, where she trained under former Chinese Olympic diver, Cai Ming Xie. She was a three-time NCAA zone qualifier during her time with the Fighting Irish, and won the team's Most Improved Athlete Award following her junior season. Richards rounded out her collegiate career at Notre Dame by earning the Big East Conference Scholar-Athlete Award in 2001.
Coming out of high school, Richards was tabbed an All-American following her senior season, wrapping up a career that included a gold at the PIAA State District meet as a freshman and first-place performances at the Private School Eastern Championship meets in both 1996 and 1997.
Following a standout collegiate career, Richards spent the 2001-02 season as the head diving coach at the University of Pennsylvania while pursuing her medical degree.
Richards, a board certified foot and ankle surgeon, is currently in practice with her father, Dr. Robert Richards Jr., at Richards Orthopedic Center & Sports Medicine in Chambersburg, Pa, which was started by her grandfather, Dr. Robert Richards Sr., in the 1950s. Richards' practice covers several sports teams in the area including the Shippensburg University football team, the Chambersburg Area Senior High School football team, Penn State Mont Alto athletics and Wilson College athletics.
Richards lives in Gettysburg, Pa. with her three children and husband, Scott Stenger. Stenger is a former professional soccer player and NCAA National Champion at Elizabethtown University.