Notre Dame Preparatory School Varsity Swim Coach Terri Byrd earned the accolade of Girls Swimming Coach of the Decade by the Varsity Sports Network. Byrd has served as Notre Dame’s swim coach since 2006 and has taken the swim team to six Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championships. Five of those wins occurred during the last decade. Byrd also received recognition as Coach of the Year at the National Catholic Swimming and Diving Championships in 2011 and 2020. The Notre Dame Blazers swim team has garnered honors by the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association Academic All-American program during the past 11 years.
“Terri’s coaching talents and swimming expertise are a gift to her students,” says Notre Dame Preparatory School Headmistress Sr. Patricia McCarron. “She has always encouraged them to work toward their personal best and to live out the Notre Dame Preparatory School mission. We are deeply grateful to have someone in our midst who is so passionate about coaching and teaching and committed to her students.”
That commitment can also be seen in Byrd’s emphasis on connecting her students with the needs of the community through volunteering at Baltimore’s Franciscan Center. “For a well-rounded athlete, (swimming) needs to be combined with academics and service. I expect them to always strive to be their best in and out of the pool.”
Notre Dame Preparatory School is one of Baltimore’s oldest Catholic, college preparatory schools for girls, founded in 1873 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Each day, its educators strive to foster academic excellence, spiritual growth and social justice principles among its approximately 800 girls currently enrolled in grades 6 through 12. To learn more about the school and its curriculum offerings, visit notredameprep.com or call 410-825-6202.