Bill Dorenkott Names Kyle Patnode, Mike Sullivan As Volunteer Assistants For Ohio State Swimming & Diving

Ohio State director of swimming and diving Bill Dorenkott announced on Friday that Kyle Patnode and Mike Sullivan will serve as volunteer assistant coaches with the program this season. Patnode and Sullivan are both familiar with Big Ten swimming as they were four-year letterwinners at Iowa and Wisconsin, respectively.

“I’m excited for Mike Sullivan and Kyle Patnode to join our program for this upcoming season,” said Bill Dorenkott. “We believe that both young men have the human qualities to take them far in the profession. To be a coach at The Ohio State University is a privilege and comes with great expectations. Our program values our volunteer assistant position and is dedicated to helping coaches grow professionally. Personally, I was provided similar opportunities at the start of my career and, in turn, have committed to pay it forward to the next generation to lead our sport.”

Patnode was a four-year

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Drexel Hires Nathan Lavery as Head Coach of Swimming & Diving Teams

Drexel Thursday announced the hiring of Nathan Lavery as head coach of the team’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams.

Lavery, a native of South Africa, spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at TCU. He led the Horned Frogs’ sprint and stroke contingents, helping TCU’s men’s and women’s team each finish third at the Big 12 championships last year.

“I am truly humbled and honored to have the opportunity to lead Drexel University Swimming and Diving,” Lavery said in a university statement. “My wife Amy and I are thrilled to be a part of this great institution and what it stands for. We have great appreciation for Dr. Eric Zillmer’s vision for Drexel University’s place in the ever-changing landscape of college athletics. This is a university that already provides a life-changing student-athlete experience, and our team will strive to continue that excellence both in and out

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William & Mary to Cut Swimming & Diving After 2020-21 Season

William & Mary University made the decision to cut men’s and women’s swimming & diving, among five other sports, after the 2020-21 academic year, the school announced in a letter on Thursday. The school will also be cutting Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics; Men’s Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field; and Women’s Volleyball.

“So many of us who work in intercollegiate athletics do so with a singular purpose: to impact the lives of our student-athletes,” Athletic Director Samantha K. Huge said in a statement. “On most every other day, we are working tirelessly to enhance their experience at William & Mary, and that is why today is so difficult to know that our decision — while necessary — is devastating for our students.

“As a department, we simply can no longer continue on an unsustainable financial trajectory. We will do everything that we can for the impacted student-athletes and coaches, and

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Chris Bals, Geena Freriks Complete Ball State Swimming & Diving Coaching Staff

Elwanda Tulloch

Ball State swimming & diving head coach J. Agnew has completed his staff for the upcoming season with the hiring of Chris Bals as an assistant coach and the addition of Geena Freriks as a graduate assistant coach.

Bals, a graduate assistant coach for the Cardinals for the past two seasons, has helped Ball State student-athletes break seven program records during his time on staff. This past season, the men’s program scored its highest point total at the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Championships since the 2006 campaign. In addition, the women’s squad achieved its best MAC Championships point total since the 2014 season.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Chris Bals for four years as a collegiate swimmer and two years as my graduate assistant.” Agnew said. “His work ethic, passion for the sport, and drive to help student-athletes excel in and out of the pool are unparalleled. We

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The Week That Was: Iowa Cuts Swimming & Diving; NCAA Approves Extra Year of Eligibility For Division I Fall Sports

Elwanda Tulloch

The Week That Was sponsored by Suitmate.

The University of Iowa made the startling decision to cut its swimming and diving programs this week in the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic that continues to ravish the United States. Swimming World has since called for the 2021 Men’s NCAA swimming and diving championships to be moved from Iowa City to a location where swimming & diving will be supported.

The NCAA has approved an extra year of eligibility for Division I athletes in fall sports that have had their seasons affected by COVID-19 out of their control.

Read below the five biggest stories in The Week That Was sponsored by Suitmate.

The Week That Was #5: Anthony Nesty Named Member of SEC Council on Racial Equality & Social Justice


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By Andy Ross

The University of Florida’s men’s men’s swimming and diving head coach Anthony Nesty and men’s … Read More