Alma Mater: East Carolina '96
Office Phone: (704) 637-4762
Michael Sever has been named the men’s and women’s swim coach. Sever comes to Catawba from the University of Maine, where he has served as an assistant coach since 2012.
“I am pleased to bring someone with Michael’s experience to Catawba College,” stated Catawba AD Larry Leckonby. “He has experience at the top NCAA level and has also built outstanding USA Swimming youth programs and Masters programs.”
While at Maine, Sever was involved with all aspects of the NCAA I program. During his three seasons, the Black Bears set 36 new team records and had one NCAA B qualifier. The swim team produced 33 Maine Honor Scholar-Athletes in 2015.
"I would like to express my gratitude to President Brien Lewis, Athletic Director Larry Leckonby, and Associate Athletic Director Craig Turnbull for this opportunity,” said Sever. “My swimming career began in North Carolina and I am thrilled to be back with my family. There's an undeniable sense of community at Catawba and a very talented team of student-athletes. I am eager to bring new vision and leadership to the swimming program and excited about the opportunities ahead."
Sever was the Head Men’s Swimming and Diving Coach at Rhode Island for one year before taking his post at Maine. During that year, he led the team to a fourth place finish at the ECC National Championships out of 51 teams.
A graduate of East Carolina, Sever earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in communications from the ECU School of Design. He did post-graduate work in graphic design at the American College of London in England.
Sever was a freestyle sprinter at East Carolina for three years. Now an avid open water marathon swimmer, he is currently training for a 40-mile marathon swim. Sever is an active member and competitor of U.S. Masters Swimming.
“Michael is an outstanding coach who has the knowledge and work ethic to take Catawba to the next level (nationally),” said East Carolina Coach Rick Kobe. “I anticipate seeing great results immediately.”
He began coaching as a student assistant with the Pirates in 1992-93 then stepped away from coaching as he founded a communications design and marketing company. He returned to coaching in 2009 when he founded Triton Swimming in East Providence, Rhode Island.
Triton is a premier New England US Masters Swimming (USMS) team affiliated with SwimRI. Sever built the team and SwimRI finished third place at the 2012 SCY Championships. He started another Masters team, Black Bear Aquatics in 2013 and expanded with USA Swimming in 2014.
Both Sever and his wife, Victoria, have roots in North Carolina. He is from Shelby, while Victoria is from Jamestown. They have two children, Taylor and Cooper.
Alma Mater: Henderson St. '18
Office Phone: (704) 637-4762
Maddie Samples joined the Catawba College Swimming Staff as the Assistant Swimming Coach entering the 2020-21 season. She comes to Catawba from Northern State University, where she served as a graduate assistant coach and obtained her master’s degree in sports performance.
Prior to Northern State, Samples received earned a bachelors degree in sport management and recreation at Henderson State University in 2018. Samples was an accomplished swimmer at Henderson, an NCAA Division II program. She competed all four years and represented the RedWave at NCAA’s her junior year. Samples’ primary events were the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, and 100 backstroke.
In addition to college coaching, Samples spent last summer as a counselor at both Stanford and Princeton University swim camps, helping younger athletes improve their technique while working closely with the coaching staff. She is also a former summer coach at Town North YMCA in Dallas, Texas.
Swimming @ King Invite - Day 1
Swimming @ King Invite - Day 2 M-3rd;W-6th
Cross Country @ DII National Preview (Abbey Golf Course) M-5th;W-5th
Football LIMESTONE, ccd. 1 p.m.
Soccer (M) COKER 2-1
Soccer (W) COKER 8-0
Development Soccer (W) vs. GARDNER WEBB UNIVERSITY 3-1
Golf (W) RENDLEMAN INVITATIONAL - Day 1 (CC of SALISBURY)
Golf (M) RENDLEMAN INVITATIONAL - Day 1 (CC of SALISBURY)
Golf (W) RENDLEMAN INVITATIONAL - Day 2 (CC of SALISBURY) 12th of 13
Golf (M) RENDLEMAN INVITATIONAL - Day 2 (CC of SALISBURY) 7th of 8
Soccer (M) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 3-2
Soccer (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 2-0
Development Soccer (W) vs. TUSCULUM COLLEGE 3-0
Cross Country @ Royals Challenge (McAlpine Park) M-10th;W-14th
Development Soccer (W) vs. CONCORD UNIVERSITY 3-3
Volleyball @ Tusculum 0-3
Swimming Men vs. St. Andrews 168-19
Swimming Women @ Converse 103-80
Swimming Women vs. St. Andrews 119-10
Tennis (W) @ Lees-McRae, ppd. noon
Tennis (M) @ Lees-McRae, ppd. noon
Football CARSON-NEWMAN 33-27
Soccer (M) LIMESTONE 1-2
Volleyball @ UVA Wise 3-1
Soccer (W) LIMESTONE 1-0
Golf (M) @ Queens Invitational - Day 1 (Club at Irish Creek)
Golf (M) @ Queens Invitational - Day 2 (Club at Irish Creek) 17th of 18
Development Soccer (W) @ Barton College 3-1
Volleyball LENOIR-RHYNE 1-3
Soccer (W) @ Barton 2-0
Soccer (M) @ Queens 0-3
Development Soccer (W) vs. LIMESTONE UNIVERSITY 7 p.m.
Soccer (W) @ Mars Hill 5-0
Tennis (M) @ Averett 5-4
Soccer (M) @ Mars Hill 1-2
Football @ Newberry 7-14
Volleyball MARS HILL 1-3
Golf (W) @ Jekyll Island Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Jekyll Island GC)
Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Mimosa Hill CC)
Golf (W) @ Jekyll Island Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Jekyll Island GC) 11th of 17
Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Mimosa Hill CC) 8th of 18
Soccer (W) @ Queens 1-1
Volleyball NEWBERRY 3-0
Cross Country @ SAC Championships (McAlpine Park)
Swimming BARTON 1 p.m.
Tennis (M) CONVERSE 1 p.m.
Football @ Mars Hill 1 p.m.
Tennis (W) CONVERSE 1 p.m.
Soccer (W) LINCOLN MEMORIAL 2 p.m.
Volleyball ANDERSON 4 p.m.
Soccer (M) LINCOLN MEMORIAL 4:30 p.m.
Development Soccer (W) @ Tusculum College 2 p.m.
Golf (W) @ The Fall Slam - Day 1 (Marsh Creek,CC)
Golf (W) @ The Fall Slam - Day 2 (Marsh Creek,CC)
Soccer (W) NORTH GEORGIA 1 p.m.
Soccer (M) v. Montevallo 4 p.m.
Development Soccer (W) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 7:30 p.m.
Swimming LEES-McRAE w/EMORY & HENRY
Volleyball @ Lenoir-Rhyne 5 p.m.
Swimming @ Lees-McRae w/Emory & Henry
Football TUSCULUM 1 p.m.
Soccer (W) @ Tusculum 2 p.m.
Soccer (M) @ Tusculum 4:30 p.m.
Volleyball @ Mars Hill 5 p.m.
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