Ashley Gardner is in her first season as the assistant swim coach at Hood College and also serves as the assistant aquatics manager at the college.
She comes to the Blazers from the Waynesboro Area YMCA, where she had served as the head coach and aquatics director since 2013. During her time in Waynesboro, the team had its first Y National qualifier in eight years. More than 130 team records set and/or broken for a total of over 170 times in her three years at the Y. Gardner also served on the Middle Atlantic Zone Team coaching staff for three seasons and was the head Middle Atlantic Zone coach for the Winter 2016 Championship meet in Webster, N.Y.
A native of Dover, Delaware, Ashley she swam for the Dover YMCA and was a YMCA National qualifier and Middle Atlantic Zone team member. She swam and graduated from Lock Haven University in 2011 with a BA in History. After graduating she returned to coach the Dover Y and played a role in sending the largest team in Dover Y history to YMCA Nationals.