Chris Woolridge was named the permanent head coach of the Keene State swimming and diving teams in late July 2016, after spending one year as the interim coach.
Woolridge has directed the continuing dominance of the KSC women's program, who won a 12th straight LEC championship in 2018, and guided Kyle Shadeck to an appearance at the NCAA Division III Championships.
In Woolridge's second season, the Owl women's team captured their 11th consecutive Little East Conference championship, while Ryan Boraski captured three more All-America honors at the NCAA Division III Championships, setting two school records with three top-three finishes. In his first season, the Owls combined for an 11-3 record in dual meets between the two teams, setting 17 school records in the process. Woolridge mentored Alison Bartlett to All-American honors in the 50 freestyle, and an honorable mention All-American in the 100 freestyle at the NCAA Championships. Despite being the lone female representative from KSC, Bartlett boosted the Owls to a 35th place team finish.
During that time, he led the KSC women's team to their 10th straight Little East Conference title, while the men's team finished 13th at the NCAA Division III Championships, the second highest finish in school history.
On the men's side, Boraski finished third at the NCAA meet in the 100 free, and was eighth in the 200 free. Boraski would go on to become the first swimming from Keene State to qualify for the Olympic trials this past summer, one of just six Division III swimmers to do so. Keene State also added All-America honors in the 200 free relay, which was the highest scoring relay in school history, and the 400 free relay.
Woolridge previously served as the head coach of the Exeter Swim Club, and has also worked at the Bluefish Swim Club and at the Ridgefield Aquatic Club.
A Keene native, Woolridge earned a combined 20 All-New England (Div. II-III) honors during his four-year Owl career. As a senior, he placed third in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races and helped set a KSC record with a second place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay (7:21.90).
Woolridge is a Level IV certified ASCA coach. He received a degree in management from KSC in 2004.