Donna Hodgert '89 was named the Interim Director of Athletics in May 2017 and will also begin her fourth season as the head swimming coach and aquatics director at Sweet Briar in 2017-18. The Vixens finished the 2016-17 season with a record of 5-7 and a sixth-place finish at the ODAC Championships.
The team was recognized in both the fall and spring semesters as a Team Scholar All-American by the College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) for maintaining a team GPA above 3.0. In addition, eight swimmers were named to the ODAC All-Academic team.
Hodgert is well-known in the Sweet Briar and Vixen Athletics community. She is a SBC alumna (class of '89) and former Vixen swim team member. She was an All-American during her time at Sweet Briar and holds three individual school marks and one relay record from 1986-88 that still stand today.
Hodgert was the head coach at Randolph College (then Randolph-Macon Women's College) from 1997-2008, earning ODAC Coach of the Year honors in 2004. She took a team that had been at the bottom of the league to as high as third, earning multiple All-ODAC and conference awards.
That 2004 Randolph squad placed third at the ODAC championship meet for a second straight season, and featured the conference's Scholar-Athlete of the Year in Lourdes Cuellar.
Hodgert also led Randolph to third place ODAC finishes in 2005 and 2006.
In 2006 and 2007, she coached ODAC Swimmer of the Year Kim Edmonds. Cuellar also earned an ODAC Rookie of the Year award under Hodgert.
Prior to returning to coaching at Sweet Briar, Coach Hodgert worked as the athletic director, physical education teacher, and cross country coach at James River Day school in Lynchburg, Va.
Hodgert is an active member of U.S. Masters Swimming and USA Triathlon. She has completed an Ironman triathlon and was U.S. Masters national champion in the 200 fly in 2012. She continues to train for local and national races.