Eagle Athletics is proud to promote Nathan Hunt as head lacrosse coach and Donna Skorupinski as head swimming coach in a dual move that solidifies and assures continuity to two rising programs.
“Both Nathan and Donna know our institution and standards from the inside,” St. Thomas Athletic Director Mike Netzel said. “They are both passionate about St. Thomas … embrace our student-athlete experience … and the challenge of growing lacrosse and swimming to championship contending levels.”
Skorupinski is the first women’s varsity coach in the history of Eagle Athletics and assumes the head coaching position after four years as an assistant teaming with Bob Perkins leading both Eagle Swimming and Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart. She owns nearly two decades of experience with the acclaimed Blue Marlins summer program in the Northwest Aquatic League.
“Donna has played a significant role in moving our program forward,” Netzel said. “Not only in terms of results but also in raising the participation numbers. And that’s without relying on a heavy influence from club performers.”
Skorupinski also holds deep personal and professional connections to Catholic education … graduating from St. Pius X … receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Houston … and then adding her teaching degree specializing in Physical Education … and a Masters in Instructional Technology. She’s currently among the faculty at St. Michael Catholic School.
Skorupinski’s father Roy ‘54 was an honored graduate of St. Thomas. He passed away in December 2015 following a distinguished career with the Houston Police Department.
Hunt (above, left) is elevated after one season as an assistant to Erinn O’Hara (above, right) who recently accepted the head coaching and youth director position with Round Rock Lacrosse after two years fronting St. Thomas including a 2017 playoff appearance.
Hunt was a 2009 high school All-American … two-year captain … and National Merit Scholar at the prestigious Breck School in suburban Minneapolis.
Hunt was a four-year performer at Division I Lehigh University, contributing to Patriot League championships his junior and senior seasons and participating in the NCAA tournament.
“I’m excited for Nathan. This is a pursuit he has always valued and never knew if the opportunity would be available,” Netzel said. “He has developed a great rapport with our student-athletes in a short period of time and understands what is required to build title contending teams.”
Hunt graduated from Lehigh with degrees in Civil Engineering and Integrated Business & Engineering. He relocated to Houston in July 2014 after accepting a position with ExxonMobil in project management supporting their Baytown complex … and continues to compete in a Houston men’s league for H-Town Lacrosse.
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