Findlay, OH – The University of Findlay athletic department is pleased to announce the hiring of Michelle Billeaud as the school's Swimming and Diving Assistant Coach / Aquatics Director. She officially began her role on Monday, Oct. 24.
Athletics Director, Brandi Laurita is excited to welcome Michelle to Findlay's group of coaches. "Michelle brings energy, organizational skills, and the experiences needed to take our swim program to the next level."
Billeaud spent last year as a graduate assistant in the Oilers' swimming and diving program and was in the midst of her second year before accepting position as assistant coach. She is excited about the opportunity that her new position provides. "First, I'd like to thank the University of Findlay and the hiring committee for giving me the opportunity to continue my career with an exceptional team and coaching staff", said Billeaud. "This is a close knit team both in and out of the pool and I see us taking even greater strides toward success in the future."
Before her time at Findlay, Billeaud, a native of Louisiana, competed collegiately at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia where she earned all-American status in the 100 backstroke. She was also a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Scholar All-American team.
"Michelle has done a tremendous job since she arrived on campus and her ability and drive are only going to keep propelling our program", commented head swimming and diving coach, Andrew Makepeace. "I think our student-athletes and the university at large are going to see an immediate positive impact around campus and the community. I cannot thank Brandi Laurita and Dr. Katherine Fell (President) enough for giving our program the opportunity for continued growth through Michelle's hiring."