Sara Duarte was named the head men's and women's swim coach in the summer of 2022.
Duarte came to Mars Hill after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Carson-Newman University. Prior to joining Carson-Newman, she served as the assistant coach at Emmanuel College during the 2019-20 season. With both programs, she oversaw IM, Sprint, Stroke, and Distance groups.
She earned her Master of Business Administration with a concentration in marketing at Carson-Newman in the spring of 2022.
Duarte attended Emmanuel from 2016-19, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in communication and a minor in graphic design. She was named Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Swimmer of the Week numerous times throughout her career and was named to the Dean’s List several times.
Internationally, Duarte was a member of the Colombian Swim Team in 2015 and was an Intercollegiate Centro American and Caribbean Games finalist. From 2011-2017, she was a member of the Bogota Swim Team, placing top-three at nationals six years in a row and being named an age group national champion.