M.S. Georgia State University, Education & Sports Administration
B.A. Virginia Tech, Broadcasting & Communications Studies
Currently serving as Director of Aquatics, Crew Supervisor and Head Coach of the Warren Wilson College pool and swimming team, Coach Andrew Pulsifer enters his sixth year with the Owls, building on 27 years of experience coaching college teams, clubs, masters and recreational swimmers, triathletes, clinics and all sorts of people wanting to improve themselves.
The swimming program, made up of a great group of students living, working and thriving in this beautiful mountain setting, has seen steady growth and improvement these five years under Andrew's guidance, with an average of 93% lifetime best times each year and breaking almost half of the individual Owls' varsity records.
Coach Pulsifer strives for a balanced approach in guiding this college team that competes in the Appalachian Swimming Conference. With academics, work crews and service as the school's Triad focus, athletics is essential in completing the experience, with student-athletes regularly enjoying the highest grade point averages, better time management skills and higher levels of fitness and health, all positive habits that last a lifetime.
Prior to arriving in Asheville, Andrew worked for outdoor gear specialists, L.L.Bean in Customer Satisfaction and Retail, and on Maine's coastal waters with their Outdoor Discovery School as a Registered Maine Sea Kayaking Guide.
Before that, Andrew spent five years teaching and head coaching the men's swimming team at Washington and Lee University, and another seven at Emory University assisting for both men's & women's teams (and teaching physical education) where he helped to groom hundreds of students-athletes. Add it all up and Andrew has sent swimmers to 20 NCAA or NAIA National Swimming Championships with over 40 of them earning some form of NCAA individual National title, NCAA All-America honor, GTE Academic All-America award and/or NCAA top-10 team award.
Andrew always finds his way to local open water and pool meets , and has continued to compete with and/or coach masters groups while living in Georgia, Virginia, Maine, and now Asheville. While attending Va. Tech, Andrew qualified for the USA National Championships from 1986-1988 and swam for the Mission Bay Makos, helping to win the team championships at the 1987 USA Swimming Short Course National Championships in Boca Raton, Florida. He's a seven-time U.S. Masters Swimming National Champion recently winning his age group and placing 3rd for the men at the World Open Water Swimming Association's 10-mile Championships in Newport, Vermont.
The WWC Owls swimming team looks for students who love to compete, who find the fun in training, enjoy the camaraderie of a team effort, setting and achieving goals and creating lifelong friendships. Coach Pulsifer loves to share tips, training sets and techniques that have helped hundreds of athletes make subtle and dramatic improvements to their strokes, body awareness and fitness levels while training and competing. If this appeals to you, please contact him today!
2007 Graduate of Texas A&M and an 8-time NCAA All-America award and 9-time Big 12 Swimming Champion, Rebecca brings to the pool truly elite experience, with an innovative coaching philosophy and a mastery of stroke technique, Coach Westfall makes positive connections with the student-athletes each day she's with the team!