Gary Elder returns for his 21st overall season as the diving coach at Villanova University. Elder, a graduate of Villanova, begins his 13th year under Head Coach Rick Simpson.
In 1988, Elder helped lead Wildcat diver Dave Echeverria to the finals of the NCAA Championships as well as a Big East title. Echeverria was also an outstanding performer for Elder and the diving team out of the pool, where he earned Big East Scholar Athlete of the Year honors, as well as receiving an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship. Echeverria became the first diver inducted into the Villanova Varsity Club Hall of Fame.
Elder has also qualified over 18 divers for the NCAA zone championships.
In 1993, Elder helped lead both the men and women's swimming and diving teams to Big East Conference titles.
Elder possesses extensive diving experience, as he spent 13 years diving at the high school and club levels. Coached by Jim Rightly for eight years, Elder started diving at the age of 6, began coaching at the age of 18 and was coaching at the Upper Main Line YMCA when he was first hired by Villanova head coach Ed Geisz in 1984.
Elder has been with Villanova University for 27 years, currently holding the position of Enterprise IT Consultant in the University's Information Technology Department.
He currently resides in Broomall with wife Peggy.